This has actually been bugging me since Monday night’s RAW. Shortly before the closing segment between Daniel Bryan and Dean Ambrose, we saw Stephanie speak with Big Show backstage. Her instructions were clear: “Do not touch the Shield, or else”
And this, boys and girls, is where WWE ended up creating a pretty wicked little plot hole. Or was it on purpose?
You see, Stephanie never said “Don’t touch Randy Orton”. How could she? At that point, the match was set up as Daniel Bryan, with Show in his corner, versus Ambrose, with Rollins and Reigns in his corner. While you could assume that the WWE champion would poke his nose into things during or after the match, he was not explicitly written into it by way of him being at ringside or in someone’s corner.
So, after Bryan picked up the win and The Shield assaulted Daniel, it made sense to have Big Show sitting there, neutered, unable to respond and unwilling to lose his job. But then Orton gets involved, which leads us to HHH once again instructing the World’s Largest Athlete to ball up his big fist and knock Daniel Bryan down and out yet again. And for a moment I said to myself….here’s where things get interesting. Show isn’t forbidden from hitting Orton. What’s to stop him from having Orton hold up Daniel for the KO, only to have Show “miss”. Hitting Orton won’t get Show fired, and it would help get a little momentum for the faces. But, that didn’t happen. Instead, Show behaved as though the rules from Stephanie earlier were “don’t touch the Shield or Randy”.
So, did WWE just leave a massive plot hole of sorts? Would not be their first time doing so…Or, in a way, does Show know something that WWE hasn’t revealed yet, that perhaps Orton will become a member of The Shield, forgetting the beatings they previously gave him. Honestly, I highly doubt it is option B. I think, more likely, it was just some bad writing-though I anticipate the explanation would be that Show’s had his hands tied for so many weeks, he’s become used to being powerless to respond.
In the end, don’t get me wrong, I think the ending of RAW was smart booking. Having Show stall Orton to the point where Bryan, still selling the affects of the beating, was able to recover enough to surprise Orton with a brutal knee to the face-the same way he put down Cena, as the announce team nicely pointed out. While it would have been nice to see Big Show respond, it could have taken something away from Daniel Bryan, with less than a week to go before the big title match. It needed to be booked to get Daniel the positive outcome here.
Still, the plot hole is one of those annoying things the WWE does to themselves from time to time, and most times I really think they just hope we as fans won’t notice. It could very well be something that someone brings up in a couple weeks, asking Show why he didn’t punch Orton when he could have, should they want to further develop Show’s inner conflicts. And its quite possible that they do-in which case I may have to retract this article in its entirety. But until things happen that make this look better, it’s still an ugly plot hole.