Big Show: Winning Doesn’t Dictate Success in the WWE

Winning vs. Opportunity

Money In The Bank

On the eve of the WWE’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view, the Big Show delivered a big message to wrestling fans at Sacramento’s Comic Con: don’t bank on the winners automatically having success or the losers being doomed for failure.

“It depends on who gets the opportunity and what they do with it.”

This PPV is a great example of the transition period the WWE is experiencing right now as it continues to mix in an influx of new faces, and young wrestlers. Many of those newer guys will square off with the more established stars this weekend.

“Does (someone like) Chris (Jericho) need the win, I don’t know. Will Chris make the most of that opportunity to win? Absolutely. That’s the opportunity that if a younger guy gets, he needs to make the most of that opportunity.”

John Cena vs. AJ Styles

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A. J. Styles
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The Big Show was specifically asked about who he thought would or should win between John Cena and AJ Styles. He understands that many fans want to see Styles win because he’s new and exciting to the audience, as opposed to Cena who’s been on top for a long time. The 7-foot giant says winning or losing is not as important as what the wrestlers do with the chances they get– particularly in Styles’s case.

“Getting wins over a guy that’s done as much for our industry, as much for the guys in the locker room, as much for the WWE as John Cena has, you don’t get a win over John Cena easily.”

“I would love to see him (Styles) get that opportunity. I think that opportunity would do him a lot more than it would do John. If he doesn’t that doesn’t mean that AJ is dead. It means AJ will still get more opportunities, he just isn’t quite where they feel confident enough in him yet.”

The first wrestler to capture the WWE, WCW and ECW Championships says fans probably care more about wins and losses than the wrestlers do.

“You guys put a lot of faith in winning and losing. I think, that’s never been a big deal for me in my career. I was never the guy ‘oh I’ve got to win’. It’s all entertainment I get paid regardless.”

Justin Chechourka
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