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WWE News: Big Show calls out the young talent on the roster for a lack of work ethic

Jan 8, 2010 - 11:03:10 AM
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By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor

WWE wrestler Big Show called out young talent on the roster, saying they have a lack of work ethic compared to the top stars who he says "scratched and clawed to the penthouse from the outhouse."

"These guys need to step up. If there was a young guy who could step up, Vince (McMahon) would push them in a heartbeat," Show told the U.K. Sun. "They've got every opportunity in the world to grab the ring and get to the top."

Show also took a veiled shot at Matt Hardy, who publicly complained about doing early-morning media interviews earlier this week. (Read Matt Hardy's comments.)

"We don't complain about flights. We don't complain about not going home. We don't complain about having an hour's sleep and then doing interviews at 5 a.m.," Show said. "That's why we're on top — because we step up to the plate and do whatever it takes to make the company succeed."

Show pointed to John Cena as one young star who has done everything to earn his spot in the company as one of the Top Three stars in the company. (Analysis of this comment below.)

"Look at John Cena — he is singularly the hardest working guy in our business. I flat out have so much respect for John and the work ethic that he puts in. He might not go home for two months between wrestling shows, interviews, appearances and charity work," Show said. "And that's the thing that John Cena has above everyone else — it comes down completely to work ethic."

Show also defended his fellow veterans on the roster maintaining top spots in the company because they believe the younger talent aren't willing to put in the time and effort to earn a spot.

"That's why we're on top — because we step up to the plate and do whatever it takes to make the company succeed. A lot of people aren't willing to do that, they're happy and content to be where they are," he said.

Show added: "I really do think that is strange, and it plagues a lot of older guys in the locker room. We can't understand why they are not taking these opportunities. But let them be content. I'll stay on top!"

Caldwell's Analysis: Big Show hasn't exactly earned a reputation for having a stout work ethic during his career, as he's been de-pushed due to weight and lack of mobility at various points. To Big Show's credit, he's given WWE something different with his acting and personality that translated into a significant movie role for WWE's next theatrical release.

As far as the young talent comment goes, John Cena has set a very high bar for young talent as far as being a machine doing every show, promotional tour, and media interview possible. It's a crazy, hectic schedule and sometimes it comes down to wrestlers saving their sanity rather than trying to be like Cena, who is a unique talent with a unique work ethic. Maybe it means staying on the mid-card, but it's still good money on the mid-card while still maintaining sanity and actual developing real relationships with family members. There's probably a hint of truth to Show's comments, especially if some of the younger wrestlers seem too carefree in the locker room, but there's only one John Cena out there.


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