It’s no secret that The Big Show is winding down on his career. He has openly said it himself that he will be retiring by next year. It is presumed that The World’s Largest Athlete will be hanging his boots after his almost-confirmed match with Shaquille O’ Neal at Wrestlemania 33 next year.
With the New Era and all, The Big Show has not been featured in television matches at all. His last appearance was back when Apollo Crews was beginning a feud with Sheamus. Big show, now a babyface, was giving Apollo Crews some veteran advice.
For a while now, Big Show’s role has been that of a veteran one, and he is one of the most respected personalities backstage along with the likes of Kane, both of whom have incredibly long tenures with WWE.
Often, veterans want to step in the ring with younger talent and help get them over. It is always nice for younger talents to get the rub. Big Show is no stranger to putting younger talent over, and despite him not being on television much, The World’s Largest Athlete told Sky Sports that he was interested in working with Finn Balor, who had debuted on the main roster only in July:
"We have try-outs at almost every TV taping and it can be hard for guys to shine in an empty arena with a bunch of Superstars standing around watching, but you can tell in 20 seconds whether some guys have 'it' - whether they move their feet right, are willing to learn and can be a WWE Superstar.
“Finn, who was by no means a rookie having fought in different dojos all over the world, had that charisma and charm that you wanted to see more of - I would have loved the chance to work with him as we could have torn the house down.
“With his attitude and skill he will overcome this injury and come back strong. It was pretty badass of him to separate his shoulder [in his match against Seth Rollins at SummerSlam] put it back in and continue to wrestle. That deserves a lot of respect."
Naturally, he can’t work with Balor now that he is injured, but perhaps next year if he decides he doesn’t want to retire just yet, he may have an opportunity to work with Balor before eventually hanging up his boots.