“This Just Wasn’t Good”- Bruce Prichard Criticizes The Big Show vs Kane Showdown at WWE Backlash 2006

Published 05/12/2021, 8:47 AM EDT


Sometimes matches do not live up to the hype or the buildup. Even if WWE does everything in its power to make it a valiant match, sometimes it doesn’t work out. A similar situation occurred when Kane and The Big Show clashed at Backlash 2006.

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Bruce Prichard and Conrad Thompson discussed the match during Prichard’s podcast. Prichard believes that there is no way to make the match sound good, considering the disaster it was.

He believes that the company’s angle of premiering See No Evil where Kane was the religious lunatic who liked removing his victim’s eyeballs and a match between the giants (Kane and The Big Show) was a mistake.

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“This was not good. That’s what this was. This just wasn’t good, and again, the whole story.”

Not only that, WWE went far and beyond to etch May 19th in the fans’ minds. There was nothing too special about that day, but could have been a day of remembering See No Evil.

However, it’s now a date that WWE Universe remembers for some of the worst matches in WWE’s history. “I think that this promotion was one of those just kind of crazy promotions that continually reminded people of the date of May 19th and had people going, ‘What the hell is May 19th? What is May 19th? What is the significance?’

“And then when you got to the significance, there was enough interest there [to] say, ‘You know what? I might just go check this out.’

“So to that, it was a success. But this match? Stunk. Not good. Not even, yeah. There’s nothing to defend there.” H/t Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard.

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The bizarre angle in Kane vs Big Show

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The storyline originated sometime after Kane and Big Show parted as tag team partners. After that year’s WrestleMania, Show and ‘The Big Red Monster’ had a rematch.

However, prior to the match, The Red Monster started hearing voices that kept saying May 19th, and that’s how they decided the date.

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Coming to the match itself, it wasn’t what one expected from WWE. It ended when Show tried to take out Kane’s eyes. After that, ‘The Big Red Machine’ kept hearing voices and cryptic messages until Show smashed Kane’s head with a steel chair and left the ring.

‘The Red Monster’ sat up with a smile on his face because he was free of the voices whispering the messages to him. This match was nothing short of bizarre from the beginning to the end.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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