Its been quite a while since the WWE Universe has seen The Big Show wrestle inside the ring.
The big man's last program saw him take on The Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman, several months ago back in September. He has since undergone hip surgery and has been nursing the recovery in attempt to get back to the ring.
Show has been in the business for over 20 years, getting his first big start back when World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was still a major contender in the professional wrestling world.
He's later make the jump over to WWE in 1999 and was introduced as Vince McMahon's henchman, assisting him in his assaults against Stone Cold Steve Austin.
During his tenure with the company, The Big Show has won the WWE Title twice, the ECW World Title once, and the World Heavyweight Championship twice as well. He is regarded as one of the greatest big men in professional wrestling history.
The World's Largest Athlete has also shown an amazing ability to play either the role of heel or babyface brilliantly. Regardless of what character he's playing, he's believable - and that's the most important thing.
Aside from his accomplishments as a singles talent, Show has also had quite the accolades in the tag team division as well. He was a part of two of the most memorable and entertaining tag teams in recent memory - JeriShow (with Chris Jericho) and ShowMiz (with The Miz).
In total, he has won eight Tag Team Titles throughout the years with various partners. Show recently joined WWE Hall Of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin's podcast, The Steve Austin Show, to talk about his legendary career.
On the subject of today, Show divulged why he has been out-of-action for so long with WWE. It turns out Show's hip injury was very significant, and he also had major complications after his first surgery (quotes via IWNerd):
“I didn’t have my hip replaced. I had a surgery done called resurfacing which I kept 98% of my bone.
"If I showed you the pictures of what my femur bone looked like – what the ball socket looked like – man, it had holes in it.
"It looked like a bowling ball. I showed it to Undertaker and he said it looked like a jack o’ lantern.
"There were just holes from where I had worn the bone down so bad. It hurt for 3.5 years and then I started losing range of motion.
"I noticed for me in the ring – you know when a guy is working and his strides are long?
"You know when he is hitting the ropes or he’s shooting somebody in the corner; but, I noticed for me that my steps were just really short because I couldn’t open my stride up anymore because the pelvis had grown over the bone.
"There was no range of motion and the joint was chewed up. There wasn’t any cartilage left. I was in constant agony; but, you know how we are: stuff that could put a guy in the hospital, you and I have a cup of coffee and a couple aspiring and we go to work.
"When people look at it and say, ‘How could you even walk like that?’ I had to go to work. I don’t know. It’s just mind over matter, I guess.
“I had a little complication after surgery, which happens sometimes when you put metal in the body. That was a real tough kind of time. It added 5 months longer to my return.
"I got a surgical infection from it. I learned more about infections than I ever wanted to know….sometimes you have major surgeries like that and there’s a lot of things that can act up…so I had to go in and be opened up again.
"They did a real good job of cleaning the joint the best they can…I was on an IV drip all through Christmas for several weeks…an IV line that went from my arm and into my heart because the medicine was so strong it’d burn your veins out.
"I didn’t want to ask him what it did to my heart if it burned my veins out. I went through that for several weeks which was a real pain in the ass because you can’t work out.
"I got this tube hanging out of my arm that I had to hook up to each day. I had to do a bag every 8 hours and it took about 2 hrs 45 minutes to drain the bag.
"I would get yard time in the afternoon. I had about 4 hours to go to the store, get out of the house or go to the gym.”
What are your thoughts on Big Show being away from the ring due to some complications from his recent surgery? Are you excited to see him make his in-ring return down the road? And who would you like to see him work with? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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