Although the WWE currently possesses arguably its most stacked roster yet, it doesn’t mean they’re going to let some older, big-name stars slip away so easily.
There have been so many reports since the beginning of the year suggesting that he was going to retire, but it seems as if the WWE isn’t ready to let The Big Show phase out just yet. They’ve already done that with Mark Henry - who was inducted into the Hall of Fame - and now has a backstage role, while Kane will be featured less and less moving forward too.
However, The Big Show could be the final, original monster that remains on our television screens for a while as he’s revealed that after discussing matters with both Vince McMahon and Triple H, he’s signed a new three-year deal with the company.
The World’s Largest Athlete recently revealed that injury forced him out of appearing at the Greatest Royal Rumble event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia last month, but his new deal means some of the younger up-and-comers are really going to benefit from him sticking around.
Other than doing a lot of media work for the company over the next three years, the former WWE Champion recently told Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin on Broken Skull Ranch 2.0 that his new deal will see him fulfil media obligations.
Along with this, he'll also be appearing on either Monday Night RAW or SmackDown LIVE sporadically to help put over the younger talent - which he claims is a sign of respect from Vince and Triple H for the hard work he’s done throughout the years.
According to Wrestling Inc, he said: “I spent some time with the big man himself. We talked. Hunter and I talked because we were concerned about my hip.
“We were concerned about a lot of things. And they put together a nice three-year deal for me, so I'm there another three years. I can do a lot more work with things that I'm passionate about, Special Olympics and being a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics.
“I get a chance to have a bit more free time now. I'm not in the trenches for five days a week like I was for 20 years at every house show and TV. I was probably on TV too much as a giant when I should have been an attraction. Instead, I was in there working all the time.
“Now, I'm in a bit more of a limited role, and we're finding the right creative for me. And there's not a lot of pressure on me to be there every week, and get people over, or carry two or three segments or whatever we're doing. I can kind of show up, help the younger guys here and there, and pursue outside projects that are important to me.
“All in all, after going through that hell with my hip surgery and Vince and [Triple H] gave me a hell of a deal, Steve. [Austin] know[s] how this business is, and after 20 years in this business, I didn't expect to get the respect they gave me by giving me this deal. It's one of those kinds of things that's humbling because both of them really appreciated the work that gave the company and put me in a position to where, I mean, in all sincerity, they gave me this deal in January, and I haven't done a damn thing yet."
It’s clear for everyone to see just how much The Big Show has done for the WWE, and it’s great that the company didn’t just hang him out to dry when they felt they got enough out of him.
He’s in the best shape of his life, and although he might not be in his prime any more, he will still be able to do some great work in the ring to help the younger giants who will effectively replace him permanently one day.
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