The Big Show is not a fan of the grueling TV tapings and it doesn’t sound like he is a fan of the ideas from the creative team. Last week he was the guest on Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast and talked about what it’s like to be backstage at Raw every week.
Here is what he said on the podcast:
“I love the live events. I love the Friday, Saturday, Sunday live event shows. I hate TVs. TVs I just want to bash myself in the head with a hammer, cause they’re just long, useless, time-wasting, bulls**t days where you sit around all day for some frickin’ idea that absolutely sucks.”
Jericho laughed before Big Show continued on the creative team coming up with ideas: “Debating it for hours, 17,000 inputs, you know, one or two guys laced up a pair of wrestling boots up in their life and know what they’re talking about and the other ones have never laced up a pair and don’t know s**t but for some reason they’re telling you what to do. So, you’re just sitting there and walking around baffled, going ‘Why are we doing this?’ I like the live events. It’s not as crazy and there’s not as much BS backstage, it’s just me and the guys. I like that part. I like getting out and working.”
He is not a fan of the segments where he comes out and KO’s someone and then leaves: “I’ve done a lot of stuff where I just go down and I knock somebody out and I leave. I hate that. I get it…I’m old, I’m beat up and [WWE is] trying to help me out and extend me, but I like getting in the ring like last night. I was very happy last night [because] I was riding with Luke Gallows because I ride with Luke and Karl Anderson. I was riding with Luke last night and I said, ‘Man, that is the most fun I’ve had in awhile because I actually got to get in there and tell a story and work.”
He continued, “And that’s the thing at heart — whether you like my character or not, and most of the s**t I’ve done on TV and pay-per-view I didn’t get to pick to do anyway, so don’t be mad at me, be mad at the people that booked this s**t. But getting in the ring and actually working, I love working. The stuff that’s going on now, there’s a lot of change going on. There’s a lot of new talent with a lot of new opportunities and I’m OK with it and they should get the TV time and they should get the pay-per-view time. I’m totally fine with that. Just don’t make me come to Mondays when I don’t have to do anything. That s**t pisses me off. If I’m coming, use me. If I’m not, send me home.”
Jericho noted that Big Show has been around for long that sometimes people forget how good he is. He grouped Big Show with Kane and The Undertaker as one of the best big guy wrestlers in history.
Big Show also addressed the “please retire” chants from last year. He said, “I think a lot of that ‘please retire’ stuff too is the fans really got sick of how they were using me on TV. It’s tough and you can’t quantify it but our fans are pretty smart and intelligent about what’s going on.”
Big Show’s contract expires in February and in April he signed with the Agency for the Performing Arts for Hollywood bookings.
You can listen to a clip from the podcast below: