Big Show returned to WWE television tonight on Raw as he invited Special Olympians from Texas and the CEO of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, Beth Knox, to the stage.
— “The Big Show” Paul Wight (@WWETheBigShow) June 5, 2018
Before taking on Kevin Owens in the night’s main event, Finn Balor showed his support for the cause.
— WWE (@WWE) June 5, 2018
Prior to tonight, Big Show last appeared on Raw on September 4, 2017, where he was defeated by Braun Strowman in a Steel Cage Match. Strowman then hurled Show threw a steel cage wall and he was assisted to the backstage area. The attack was done to write Show’s character off television since he was due to undergo hip surgery a few weeks later.
On April 2, WWE announced Show, Daniel Bryan, Strowman, Kane and Bray Wyatt as the first five Superstars to officially enter the first-ever 50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble Match at King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on April 27. WWE, however, stopped advertising Show a week or so before the WWE Network event.
Show appeared on the May 17 edition of Steve Austin’s podcast and revealed that he missed the show due to a hole in his leg.
Show said that hardness around a surgical scar related to his hip surgery revealed an infection, which eventually broke open and had to be cut.
While the surgical procedure was superficial, Show told Vince McMahon and Triple H the next day that he was no longer able to work the Greatest Royal Rumble due to a 3.5-centimeter hole in his leg. Show said he felt good enough to make it to Saudi Arabia a few days later, but Triple H convinced him to stay home.
“The World’s Largest Athlete” also discussed details of his new three-year contract with WWE, which he says allows him to work in a more limited role and serve as an ambassador for the company.
“There’s not a lot of pressure on me to have to be there every week and get people over or carry two or three segments,” Show told Austin. “I can kind of show up, help the younger guys here and there, and I get to pursue outside projects that are important to me.”
Show also said that there was a short period of time after the Royal Rumble on January 28 where he was without a WWE contract, but Triple H ultimately made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.