During the most recent episode of “Something To Wrestle”, Bruce Prichard discussed the decision to give The Big Show the WWE Title at Survivor Series 1999. Here’s what he had to say:
Trying to do something new and different. And you’re looking at the investment that you got in Big Show. Not necessarily didn’t pan out in the beginning, and it was an opportunity to say, ‘OK. Let’s see what the big son of a b**** can do, and let’s put some steam behind him.’ It’s new. I don’t think anybody saw it, including us. So, you put him out there, you create a new champion. You try to create a new and different story. I think that people had you gone with Rock or Triple H, I’m not sure they would’ve been happy with one of them either. You know what I mean?
Right. You just hit the nail on the head. So, the philosophy was give them something completely knew that they didn’t expect. And nobody’s going to call that, and now you can create a new story with Big Show involved in it. And hopefully, there’s not going to be a comparison to Austin. He’s a giant. Big Show’s an attraction. It was an experiment. It was to try something.
I think a lot for the comparisons. I think if you kept it on Triple H, people would’ve been upset because Austin wasn’t in the match. If you moved it to Rock, it would’ve been, ‘Oh. They’re just trying to shove Rock down my throat now.’ There needed to be a third person in there. Mick might’ve worked, but I think that at the time, looking at the available candidates, Big Show probably made the most sense because he’s so different than everyone else.
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