Despite being advertised for the Greatest Royal Rumble, Big Show did not appear.
On April 2, WWE announced Big Show, Daniel Bryan, Braun 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. WWE, however, stopped advertising Big Show for the match two weeks ago.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Big Show couldn’t work the match because he got re-injured about three weeks ago while training for his return to the ring.
On the September 4, 2017, episode of Raw, Big Show was defeated by Braun Strowman in a Steel Cage Match, being thrown through the cage post-match, and was then aided backstage. This was done to write Big Show off television since he was due to undergo hip surgery a few weeks later.
On the same day Big Show was announced for the Greatest Royal Rumble, he revealed in an interview that he signed a new multi-year contract with WWE in January and wouldn’t be retiring anytime soon.
“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,” Show said.
“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.”