It came a little bit sooner than I expected, but Big Show cemented that he was a tried and true babyface last night on Raw. Even though The Authority now holds some kind of unspecified domain over Big Show having to do with whatever actually happened on SmackDown with his mortgage, he rebelled against Stephanie McMahon, was fired, and returned to lay out Triple H with the knockout punch to end Raw.
From here, now that they've shot that angle, it's only natural for a match between the two to follow soon. As luck would have it, because WWE is in the middle of asking us to pay them $150 in six weeks, Hell in a Cell is less than three weeks away.
One reason I expect this to happen is that last night on Raw, after two listless PPV shows and two screwy PPV main event finishes in a row, WWE is clearly trying to hype Hell in a Cell as something different and more important:
- The third and hopefully final Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton match is not only inside the Hell in a Cell cage, but has Shawn Michaels as referee.
- It was also announced that Alberto Del Rio, seemingly without a fresh challenger, will be defending the World Heavyweight Championship against the suddenly returning John Cena.
Throwing in Triple H's first match since Extreme Rules as part of a hot feud and and you get a much more attractive show than Night of Champions and Battleground were.
I'm not sure having the big climactic moment last night was the right move. Now that the angle has taken place, they need to book the match, but I find myself wondering if the angle should have been held off a few more weeks. There are two ways to look at it:
- The shenanigans with the mortgage should have been a turning point in the storyline, fueling Big Show's frustration to set up the turn a few weeks later.
- The way they did it, which was for the mortgage shenanigans to be the tipping point of the storyline with Big Show turning at the next week's shows.
Neither is necessarily wrong, but for what it was, it was a little short. There was no slow burn with Big Show stewing, frustrated by the situation he had gotten himself into. Instead, he immediately went into histrionics, and it seemed like WWE didn't know where it was going for a while, because stuff like him knocking out The Miz without hesitation was (booked as) a total heel move.
Of course, there's one element of all this that's lurking under the surface: Vince McMahon returning as a babyface. It's been rumored for a while, and last night, we got our first solid hint: After Big Show was fired, he came back out on the stage in his gear with entrance music. Normally, one might see this as a simple plot hole, but JBL called attention to it on commentary.
If Vince is working against his daughter and son-in-law, as we all expect, then he's likely responsible for whatever magic got Big Show back in last night. Vince's return as a babyface in a big angle would be another strong selling point for Hell in a Cell, to the point it would be, on paper, one of the biggest "B-level" PPVs in the last several years.
So, what does everyone else thing? Do you agree? Do you think they have a way to drag it out? Let us know in the comments.