The Big Show: Why He Needs to Move Past Sheamus to Be a Credible World Champion

Bill Atkinson@@BAtkinson1963Analyst IDecember 27, 2012

(B/R photo)
(B/R photo)

The Big Show might be as big as a horse, but with the World Heavyweight Championship around his waist, he should not be a one-trick pony.

That’s why he needs to stay as far away from Sheamus as possible. He needs to develop new programs with other stars if he wants to be considered a credible champion.

Credibility was one of the main issues the WWE Universe seemed to have with Sheamus’ six-month title reign. They look at that silly stretch of three pay-per-views where the Celtic Warrior faced Alberto Del Rio but forget that Sheamus had an outstanding feud with Daniel Bryan at the beginning of his run.

Just like Sheamus, Big Show began his title reign with a good feud. But he and Sheamus have met in three straight PPVs.

Enough is enough.

The biggest problem Big Show faces regarding who his next opponent should be is something over which he has no control—his size. There are not many WWE stars who could come close to Big Show in size.

Mark Henry comes to mind, but he still is nursing injuries. Besides, they already fought back when Henry was champion, and it resembled a match between two big bull moose.

Kane is another possibility, but he co-holds the tag team championship with Daniel Bryan, and they are about to enter a program with the Rhodes Scholars. It’s possible something could happen after WrestleMania 29, but no one is sure that Show even will be champion come April.

The Great Khali? Don’t even consider it. Khali is a former World belt holder, but he moves with the speed of a glacier.

On the other hand, you don’t want to see Show in a program with someone the size of Rey Mysterio or Tyson Kidd. That would be like watching King Kong square off against Curious George.

The next opponent has to be someone with a decent mix of speed and strength.

Newly-turned faces The Miz and Del Rio are possibilities. Of those, Miz probably would be the best choice because Del Rio already has had his share of unsuccessful WHC title shots.

Take John Cena out of the picture because he is expected to be a factor in the WWE championship puzzle.

Randy Orton has held the WHC belt on numerous occasions, but that should not be a hindrance to a match with Show. However, all that depends upon whether the much-buzzed about Orton heel turn takes place sooner rather than later. And if he turns heel, Orton could be slotted for a program with Sheamus.

That leaves Ryback as the logical next opponent for Big Show. He is expected to get a cursory WWE Championship shot against CM Punk, but that will not amount to much because Punk is set to face The Rock at Royal Rumble with the WWE title on the line.

Ryback has been mentioned in the WHC chase but not necessarily against Big Show. The website is reporting that the Big Hungry is being mentioned as a potential victor in the Royal Rumble match and will challenge Orton for the World title at WrestleMania 29.

If that is true, then WWE apparently has Big Show dropping the title to Orton at either Royal Rumble or Elimination Chamber and having Orton turn heel after that.

That also means a relatively short title reign could be in the works for Big Show. So he better make the best of the time he has left as champion.

Bill Atkinson is a columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter at @BAtkinson1963.