Big Show’s WWE tenure isn’t quite over yet. Although we believed he could go for another 15 years when we spoke to him last, it sounds like we’ll be seeing him around for at least a few more of those years.
After his less-than-ideal WrestleMania finale, where Big Show was eliminated from the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal instead of facing off with Shaquille O’Neal, the plan was apparently for The World’s Largest Athlete to “ride off into the sunset” with no last match or great fanfare.
Big Show was written off of television in the months that followed, after a trilogy of incredible matches against Braun Strowman, he’s been off the road for the most part, recovering from hip surgery. And apparently, he’s now ready to make his return to the ring, paired with a shiny new multi-year contract from the WWE.
Big Show opened up WrestleMania week by ringing the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and while he was there in a well it’s the big suit, he dropped a little info about his current WWE status. (Transcription via Cageside Seats.)
“The rumors of me retiring… are false. I actually re-signed in January. So I have a new contract, multi-year deal, so I’ll be around for a while.
This is not the end. For those … who wanted me to retire? Too bad, so sad, I’m still here.
It’s a different role for me. I’m still competing in the ring, doing a lot more outside projects – more projects for myself as well, but it’s a good synergy that WWE and I put together and I’m really looking forward to the future.”
Big Show’s first “announced” match under his new contract is the Greatest Royal Rumble, which will take place in Saudi Arabia on April 27. Daniel Bryan was also announced for the match, his second confirmed tilt since his return to the ring.
Big Show could conceivably compete in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania on Sunday, but he hasn’t been advertised for the Kickoff show special. Or maybe he’ll be the surprise partner with the Monster Amongst Men, Braun Strowman against Sheamus and Cesaro for the Raw tag team titles.
Big Show’s last WWE appearance came in September 2017, when he was slammed through the side of a steel cage by Braun Strowman.