Saturday, October 2, 2010

In the Land of Giants

Big Show confronts the Great Khali (Raw after Wrestlemania 24)

I've always been a believer that wrestling "giants" need to stay on their feet.  Be monsters.  Not be tossed around like a rag doll.  Just my opinion.
I've been wanting to write something about this for a while, but after reading about last night's Smackdown (my DVR didn't record it), now is the time to write about it.  For those who missed it, apparently the Big Show was attacked by Nexus and had little to no defense.   I get that they are trying to build up Nexus and make them strong.  But it's not just that incident that bugs me.

Andre the Giant (at least according to Vince McMahon) had never been bodyslammed until his fateful match with Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 3.  It was the slam heard around the world.  But doing research, I discovered Andre had been slammed by Harley Race, Kamala, and Stan Hansen too.  Then the Ultimate Warrior did it after Hogan.  This was toward the end of his career and Andre was clearly not healthy and on the downslide.

Fast forward to the late 90's and Bill Goldberg was running all over the competition in WCW.  I remember seeing him jackhammer the Giant (now the Big Show).  I didn't like that either.  Then he got jackknifed by Kevin Nash.  Then in the WWE, Cena did the FU to him.  I think he's been speared.  And he's tapped out too.

The Great Khali is just an oversized jobber.  And while he's not near the athlete Andre or the Big Show were, he's still a giant.  You can have these guys get defeated, I just don't like watching them beaten senseless, sometimes by a single person.  Which is the case many times with the Great Khali.  

And while we're on the subject, why do all the monster heel big guys eventually get turned into some sort of goofy babyface?  Big Daddy V became a PJ wearing playboy.  Khali is doing the kiss cam with the divas.  Kozlov has become Santino's sidekick.  And Mark Henry is a happy go lucky guy who's smiling all the time.

It seems like Kane and the Undertaker are really the only "monsters" left in wrestling.  Or at least in the WWE.  Perhaps it's just another step in the rated PG direction...  

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