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LaBar: Why Brock Lesnar vs Big Show at MSG is a big deal

| Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, 6:06 p.m.

Too many fans either aren't appreciating or are missing the real reason for the Brock Lesnar vs Big Show match at a special event at Madison Square Garden for WWE Network subscribers.

You can never take away the significance of Big Show's size, but the credibility in booking has been tampered with greatly when it comes to him. I always commend guys for doing business and putting talent over. However, Big Show's shown too much weakness too many times after WWE flirts with making him a priority every so many months or years. Then, he loses and disappears into something mediocre, be it a rivalry or movie.

He's been beaten a lot after many sudden pushes either as a top babyface or heel. The only thing more redundant than Big Show flip-flopping sides of the good guy, bad guy fence is former Diva Sunny tweeting about private Skype sessions.

So why put him up against Brock Lesnar, the most legitimate and believable star in WWE, for this “special” on WWE Network?

Last time these two had a match was two years ago at Royal Rumble in Pittsburgh, and Lesnar assaulted Big Show with a steel chair until the chair broke. I saw Big Show the next day at the hotel and you could tell he was feeling the effects of it. Their famous match over a decade ago saw the ring collapse, which while pre-determined to happen, was still an appropriate stunt of a spectacle everyone remembers considering the legit strength both men possess.

It's not a question of if Lesnar will beat Big Show. It's the attraction and intrigue of how? How brutal of a beating can Lesnar put on Big Show? How brutal can Big Show, one of the few in WWE who could actually knock out Lesnar in a real fight, get on Lesnar? How much blood? Sure, blood is a no-no by today's internal rules, but that doesn't mean you won't see any. And, of course, how many suplexes can Lesnar get on Big Show?

We haven't seen these two have a match since Lesnar rose to this ultimate level of a special-attraction wrestler. Not since he conquered The Undertaker's streak. Not since he won the WWE title and worked on a part-time, I-fight-when-I want-to-fight schedule. Not since he beat John Cena in a lengthy squash match at SummerSlam where Suplex City was built.

Now factor in the New York crowd, which won't offer one bit of positivity to Big Show, and the rabid energy the fans have become famous for will complement the barbaric, big-brawl moment WWE wants to capture for The Beast.

This isn't a match meant for unpredictable betting on who wins or loses. It's a match to automatically boost the stock of Lesnar with highlight-reel moments of power and violence before he finishes his feud with The Undertaker and before his WrestleMania 32 opponent is revealed.

Justin LaBar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7949 or jlabar@tribweb.com.

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