For those fans who find three-hour broadcasts of Raw tedious every week, they are not alone. At least one member of the current WWE roster agrees.
The Big Show blasted the process of WWE television during his recent appearance on Chris Jericho's podcast, Talk Is Jericho.
Jericho asked if Show still enjoyed being in the locker room, and the floodgates of frustration opened:
"I love the live events. I love the Friday, Saturday, Sunday live event shows. I hate (TV tapings). (TV tapings), I just want to bash myself in the head with a hammer. Because they're just long, useless, time wasting, bullsh-t days where you sit around all day for some frigging idea that absolutely sucks. Debating it for hours and 17,000 inputs. One or two guys laced up a pair of wrestling boots in their life and know what they're talking about. The other ones have never laced up a pair and really don't know sh-t, but for some reason, they're telling you what to do. And you're just sitting there, walking around, baffled. We all have that look on TV, we all walk around baffled, like, why are we doing this? I like the live events. It's not as crazy, there's not as much BS backstage. It's just me and the guys, you know?"
Big Show noted he does still get frustrated at the way he is used at some of the house shows.
"I've done a lot of stuff where I just go down, I knock somebody out and I leave," he said. "I hate that. I get it. I'm old and beat up, they're trying to help me out and extend me. But I like getting in the ring."
As one of the longest-tenured wrestlers currently on the WWE roster and a man who has said he will retire within the year, The Big Show doesn't have much reason to play the political game or avoid speaking his mind. Big Show was upset after the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33, according to Sean "X-Pac" Waltman.
Later in the Jericho podcast, he took a few more shots at WWE's creative team and process.
"Whether you like my character or not, most of the sh-t on TV and pay-per-views I didn't get to pick to do, anyway," he said. "Don't be mad at me. Be mad at the people who book this sh-t. But getting in the ring and actually working, I love. I love working. The stuff that's going on now, there's a lot of change going on, there's a lot of new talent, there's a lot of new opportunities. And I'm OK with that. They should get the TV time. They should get the pay-per-view time. I'm totally fine with that. Just don't make me go to Mondays where I have to deal with that. That sh-t pisses me off. If I'm coming, use me. If you're not, send me home."
Big Show's current contract with WWE is set to expire early next year.