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Braun Strowman Superplexes Big Show And Destroys The Ring

Braun Strowman Superplexes Big Show And Destroys The Ring

The ref went into another timezone.

Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Despite The Big Show's recent weight loss and transformation, he's still one big nasty bastard.

In fact, he's such a big nasty bastard that he was marketed as just that:


Now, though, he's a bit more lean and has no hair on his head, but makes up for it with the huge beard he's grown.

The plans he had for WrestleMania 33 unfortunately fell through, as basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal, who he was scheduled to have a match with, couldn't compete.

It didn't really matter anyway, as all attention was drawn towards The Undertaker, who fought his last fight in the squared circle at the flagship event.

However, Show recently came up against Braun Strowman, who is the latest huge competitor to get a push in the WWE.

The pair meeting in the ring was a blessing, as it welcomed the rare yet brilliant spot of the ring collapsing.

In the past there have only been two times when the ring, the ropes and everything surrounding it have exploded, with Show being involved both times.

What's needed is the giant to be on the turnbuckle, as well as someone strong enough to superplex him to the mat below.

It first happened back in 2003 on Smackdown! when Brock Lesnar performed the move and Taz was unable to say anything other than 'HOLY SHIT'.

Credit: WWE

It was then repeated again in 2011 when Mark Henry, 'The World's Strongest Man', launched Big Show into the depths of despair.

When Braun Strowman got into position to take down his opponent, there was an air of anticipation from crowd, right up until the move hit and there was a huge pop.

The ring went, the steel steps went flying and the referee disappears from view.

Medical staff came running from the backstage area, some to see if the two superstars are okay, and others to treat the ref. Really, don't underestimate his fall. It's horrendous and comical in the equivalent measures.

Credit: WWE

Of course, it's not a case of the ring not being able to put up with the weight of the two men, like everything else, it's staged.

Back in 2015, Show explained to Sports Illustrated how the move goes down.

"We did a spot right before we broke the ring where we're both down and they shoot a real close-up of both of us selling. Well in that time, [WWE Stunt Coordinator] Ellis [Edwards] had airbags under the ring," he said.

Credit: WWE

"So they had lifted the ring a couple inches. So now, when I'm standing on that top corner, that ring is like standing on marbles.

"Of course now I've got my fat ass up in the air, 500 pounds on a not very stable surface.

"So then the ring broke. I just remember when it happened because you don't know how the stunt is going to look.

"But man, it was so perfectly timed the way we did it and Ellis did a great job of setting up.

"That thing collapsed and everybody bought it so long," he added.

He managed to keep that all a secret for 12 years, but you can't hide the truth forever.

Featured Image Credit: WWE

Topics: WWE