Big Show (wrestler)


Big Show (wrestler)
The Big Show

Big Show in Tribute to Troops 2010
Ring name(s) (The) Big Show[1][2]
Big Nasty Bastard[1]
Paul Shows[1]
The Big Showbowski[3]
The Giant[1]
Paul "The Great" Wight[4]
Shonan The Barbarian[4]
Showcotty 2 Hotty[1]
The Showster[1]
Showkishi[1]
Height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)[5]
Billed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)[6]
(as The Big Show)
7 ft 4 in (2.24 m)
(as The Giant)
Billed weight 485 lb (220 kg)[6]
Born February 8, 1972 (1972-02-08) (age 39)[1]
Aiken, South Carolina[7]
Resides Tampa, Florida[1]
Billed from Tampa, Florida
Trained by Larry Sharpe[1]
Jim Duggan[1]
Glen Ruth[8]
Debut 1995

Paul Donald Wight, Jr. (born February 8, 1972), better known by his ring name, (The) Big Show, is an American professional wrestler and actor, currently signed to WWE on its SmackDown brand.

In professional wrestling, Big Show is a five-time world champion, having won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice, the WWF/E Championship twice, and the ECW World Championship once, making him the first person ever to hold all three championships. In addition to these championships, he has also won the WWE United States Championship once, the World Tag Team Championship five times (twice with The Undertaker, once with Kane, once with Chris Jericho, and once with The Miz), the WWE Tag Team Championship three times (once each with Chris Jericho, The Miz, and Kane) and the WWF Hardcore Championship three times.

Billed as "The World's Largest Athlete", The Big Show initially came to prominence through his career in the now defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from 1995 until 1999, then known simply as The Giant. In addition to being a two-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and the youngest man to ever hold the title, he is a three-time WCW World Tag Team Champion and the winner of the 1996 World War 3. Between WWE and WCW, Wight has held 20 total championships.

Outside of professional wrestling, Wight has starred in feature films and television series such as The Waterboy and USA Network's comedy-drama Royal Pains and the action-drama Burn Notice. In 2010, he had his first major role in the comedy film Knucklehead, which was produced by WWE Studios. Wight has made it known that he would like continue his acting career and expand beyond roles based on his size.[9]

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Professional wrestling career

World Championship Wrestling (1995–1999)

After The Giant destroyed Hogan's Harley-Davidson Motorcycle using a monster truck, Hogan challenged him to a "Monster Truck Battle" at Halloween Havoc.[10] On October 29, the battle took place atop Cobo Hall, with each man driving a monster truck and trying to force the other truck out of a circle, as in a sumo wrestling contest. Hogan won the match when Giant descended from his vehicle and appeared to fall from the roof. Later that night, The Giant came to the ring with The Taskmaster and challenged Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, making his WCW in-ring debut.[11] Giant was awarded the victory by disqualification after interference from Jimmy Hart, Hogan's manager. Hart then revealed that the contract Hogan signed (which he had written) had a clause stating that the title would change hands on a disqualification, and, as Hart had intentionally caused a disqualification, the Giant won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. At 23 years old, The Giant became the youngest WCW World Heavyweight Champion. The title was vacated one week later as a result of the controversial finish.[10][12][13]

The Giant tried to reclaim the title at World War 3 but was foiled by Hogan, who helped Randy Savage win the vacant title.[14][15] The Giant teamed with Ric Flair to defeat Hogan and Savage at Clash of the Champions XXXII,[16] but was decisively beaten by Hogan in a Cage match at SuperBrawl VI.[17][18]

After a short feud with The Loch Ness Monster,[19][20] The Giant won the World Heavyweight Championship a second time by defeating Ric Flair.[13] After Hogan formed the New World Order (nWo), he defeated The Giant for the Championship at Hog Wild following interference from Scott Hall and Kevin Nash.[21][22] The Giant joined the nWo twenty three days later, citing Ted DiBiase's money as his primary motivation, feuding with Lex Luger and the Four Horsemen.[10][12] The Giant was thrown out of the nWo on December 30 for asking Hogan for a World Heavyweight Championship title match. He fought against the nWo along with Sting and Lex Luger, winning the WCW World Tag Team Championship twice.[10]

In 1997, The Giant began a feud with nWo member Kevin Nash, who constantly dodged Giant, failing to appear for their scheduled match at Starrcade. In 1998 at Souled Out the two finally met in the ring, with Nash accidentally injuring Wight's neck when he botched a Jackknife Powerbomb.[23][24] When Nash left the nWo and formed his own stable, the nWo Wolfpac, The Giant rejoined the original nWo to oppose Nash and his allies. While back with the nWo, The Giant won two more Tag Team Championships, once with Sting as an unwilling partner (as the match was signed before The Giant returned to the nWo) and once with Scott Hall. In the interim between those two reigns, he lost his half of the Tag Team Championship to Sting in a singles match where only the winner would remain champion and choose a partner for the second half of the team.

On the October 11, 1998, episode of WCW Monday Nitro, Goldberg defeated The Giant in a no-disqualification match; in a show of strength, Goldberg executed a delayed vertical suplex before hitting the Jackhammer on The Giant.[25][26][27] After the nWo Hollywood and the nWo Wolfpac merged together again in January 1999, Hogan declared that there was only room for one "giant" in the group, and forced Giant and Nash to wrestle for that spot. Nash defeated him following a run-in by Scott Hall and Eric Bischoff. The Giant was then attacked by the entire nWo. Wight allowed his WCW contract to expire on February 8, 1999 at his 27th birthday.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1999–2007)

Debut (1999–2000)

Wight signed a ten-year contract with the World Wrestling Federation on February 9, 1999,[12] debuting as a villain and a member of Vince McMahon's stable, The Corporation, at St. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House. During the McMahon versus Steve Austin cage match, Wight tore through the canvas from underneath the ring and attacked Austin. However, Wight cost McMahon the match when he threw Austin into the side of the cage and the cage broke, spilling Austin outside to the floor and granting him the victory. Wight subsequently served as McMahon's enforcer.[10]

Wight performed as "Big Nasty" Paul Wight for several weeks before being renamed "Big Show" Paul Wight.[12][not in citation given] He then gradually dropped his real name, eventually being referred to simply as (The) Big Show. McMahon wanted to ensure that Corporation member The Rock would retain his title at WrestleMania, so he had Wight wrestle Mankind at WrestleMania XV for the right to referee the main event. Wight incapacitated Mankind, but got disqualified in the process, meaning that he could not be referee. Mankind won the right to be the official but was taken to a hospital following the match with Wight (although he eventually returned during the Championship match). After a furious McMahon slapped Wight, he punched McMahon. Wight concluded his feud with Foley in a Boiler Room Brawl before turning into a fan favorite and joining Mankind, Test, and Ken Shamrock in a stable known as The Union who fought against the Corporation, and later against The Corporate Ministry. On the May 10 episode of Monday Night Raw, Wight was pitted against The Undertaker's manager Paul Bearer. On the June 7 episode of Raw, Wight faced The Undertaker for the WWF Championship. Undertaker attempted a clothesline from the top turnbuckle, however Wight caught him and delivered a chokeslam which sent Undertaker crashing through the ring mat; the referee was forced to stop the match so The Undertaker retained his title. Following the match Bradshaw, Faarooq, and Mideon all ran down to attack Wight and were all subsequently chokeslammed as well. Wight and The Undertaker later formed an unlikely alliance, wrestling against X-Pac and Kane. As a team, Wight and The Undertaker won the WWF Tag Team Championship twice.[10]

When The Undertaker was sidelined with injuries, Wight set his sights on the WWF Championship. After Steve Austin was injured at the 1999 Survivor Series, Wight was given his place in the Triple Threat match for the WWF Championship. In that match, which also featured The Rock, he pinned Triple H to become WWF Champion.[10][12] At the same time, Wight feuded with the Big Boss Man. After it was announced that Wight's father was terminally ill with cancer, the Boss Man had one of his crooked police colleagues inform Wight that his father has died, and then mocked Wight's tearful reaction. Several weeks later, when it was announced Wight's father had actually died (in reality, Wight's father had died years before), the Boss Man interrupted the ten-bell toll by reciting an offensive poem. Later, Boss Man invaded the funeral and used a chain to couple the coffin to the hearse, towing the coffin away with a grief stricken Wight clinging on to it. At Armageddon1999, Wight defeated Boss Man to retain his WWF Championship, despite interference by Bossman's protégé Prince Albert.[28]

On the January 3, 2000 episode of Raw, Triple H defeated Wight for the WWF Championship. Trying to regain the title, Wight participated in the Royal Rumble match and turned heel when he antagonized The Rock. The Rock eliminated him to win the Royal Rumble. Wight was convinced that he had won, and eventually produced a video tape that showed The Rock's feet striking the ground first.[10] He was then given a match with The Rock at No Way Out, with the WrestleMania title shot on the line. Wight defeated The Rock when Shane McMahon interfered, knocking The Rock out with a chair shot. Rock was desperate to reclaim his title shot, and eventually agreed to a match with Wight on the March 13 episode of Raw – if he won, the WrestleMania title match would become a Triple Threat match, and if he lost, he would retire from the WWF. Shane McMahon, now actively supporting Wight's bid to become champion, appointed himself as the special guest referee. However, The Rock triumphed when Vince McMahon assaulted Shane and donned the referee shirt, personally making the three count following a Rock Bottom.

On the March 20 episode of Raw, Triple H defended the title against The Rock and Wight on the condition that the match would not take place at WrestleMania, pinning Wight. Linda McMahon stated this match would not occur at WrestleMania as Triple H would defend the title there in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match, with Mick Foley as the fourth man. Wight was the first man eliminated from the match at WrestleMania 2000 after the other three competitors worked together against him.[10]

After WrestleMania, Wight became a fan favorite again by starting a comical gimmick where he began mimicking other wrestlers, lampooning Rikishi as Showkishi, The Berzerker as Shonan the Barbarian, and Val Venis as The Big Showbowski. He defeated Kurt Angle at Backlash dressed like his friend and role model Hulk Hogan as the Showster, complete with skullcap/wig and yellow tights.[10] Wight began feuding with Shane McMahon after Shane voiced his disapproval of Big Show's antics. At Judgment Day 2000, Shane defeated Wight in a Falls Count Anywhere match following interference from Big Boss Man, Bull Buchanan, Test, and Albert.[29] Wight returned two months later, apparently intending to gain revenge on Shane. Instead, he became a villain again and attacked The Undertaker thus siding with Shane once more, forming a short-lived stable known as "The Conspiracy" with Shane, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, and Edge and Christian. After The Undertaker threw Wight off a stage through a table, he was removed from WWF television for the remainder of the year. Wight was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling, a WWF developmental territory, to lose weight and improve his cardiovascular fitness.[10][12][30]

Various feuds (2001–2002)

Big Show competing for the Raw brand.

Wight returned at the 2001 Royal Rumble, but was eliminated by The Rock.[31] Angered by his quick elimination, Wight proceeded to chokeslam The Rock through the announcer's table before leaving the arena. He then began competing for the WWF Hardcore Championship, which he lost to Kane in a Triple Threat match which also included Raven at WrestleMania X-Seven.[32]

Throughout The Invasion, Wight remained loyal to the WWF, which made him a fan favorite again. He faced Shane McMahon, the on-screen owner of WCW, in a Last Man Standing match at Backlash and was defeated following interference from Test.[33] Wight was also part of the victorious Team WWF at Survivor Series, though he was the first man eliminated.[34]

Wight was drafted by Ric Flair (representing the Raw brand) in the 2002 draft. He then immediately became a villain again by turning on Steve Austin in tag team match that included him and Bradshaw. At Judgment Day, Wight and Ric Flair were defeated by Austin in a Handicap match. Wight once again joined the New World Order, but the stable disbanded after Kevin Nash was injured.[10] After the nWo disbanded, Wight achieved little success on Raw after losing matches against Jeff Hardy, Booker T, and the Dudley Boyz.

Brand switches (2002–2005)

Show as United States Champion.

In late 2002, Big Show was traded to SmackDown!, immediately challenging Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship. During this time, Big Show adopted a new attire, donning black jeans and taking on a new hairstyle and facial hair. Big Show became a two-time WWE Champion defeating Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. He lost the title to Kurt Angle a month later at Armageddon. At the Royal Rumble, Big Show lost a Royal Rumble Qualifying Match to Lesnar. He then began feuding with The Undertaker, after Big Show threw him off the stage, injuring his neck, leading to Big Show and his partner A-Train losing to The Undertaker at WrestleMania XIX. He renewed his feud with Lesnar, wrestling him four times for the WWE title (including a Stretcher match at Judgment Day) but was unsuccessful in his attempt to regain the title. On the June 26, 2003 episode of SmackDown! Big Show, Shelton Benjamin, and Charlie Haas defeated Mr. America (a disguised Hulk Hogan), Brock Lesnar, and Kurt Angle in a six-man tag team match when Show pinned Mr. America. This was Hulk Hogan's last appearance as Mr. America. For several months afterwards, WWE hyped up Big Show as the man who retired Hogan. At No Mercy, Big Show defeated Eddie Guerrero for the WWE United States Championship and then formed an alliance with the then WWE Champion Brock Lesnar.

Big Show in Tribute to the Troops 2004.

Big Show abandoned a departing Lesnar immediately before WrestleMania XX. At the pay-per-view, Big Show lost the United States Championship to John Cena.[10] On the April 15, 2004 episode of SmackDown!, Big Show promised to quit if he failed to defeat Eddie Guerrero that night.[35] He lost to Guerrero (Guerrero had snuck a wrench in the back of Big Show's boot, which got Big Show disqualified), and, believing that Torrie Wilson had laughed at him for losing, upended her car and threatened to throw her off a ledge.[35] Then-General Manager of SmackDown!, Kurt Angle ascended the ledge to try and talk some reason into Big Show, but he chokeslammed Angle off the ledge, kayfabe concussing him and breaking his leg, as well as causing the back of Angle's head to bleed.[35] After the show, Big Show was neither seen nor heard from on WWE television for months.

Big Show in 2004.

In mid-2004, Big Show was reinstated by new General Manager Theodore Long, as he interfered during a Lumberjack match between Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle. Big Show had a choice to face either Guerrero or Angle at No Mercy, choosing to fight Angle, thus becoming a fan favorite. Big Show defeated Angle at the event.[36] In the weeks before the match, He claimed to have "lost his dignity" when Angle tranquilized him in the middle of the ring using a dart gun and shaved his head.[10]

On April 3, 2005 at WrestleMania 21, Big Show faced Sumo Grand Champion Akebono in a worked sumo match;[37] the match was added to the show to attract a strong pay-per-view audience in Japan, where Akebono is considered a sporting legend. In the weeks preceding the match, Big Show pushed over a jeep driven to the ring by Luther Reigns to show that he was capable of moving the marginally heavier Akebono. Big Show lost to Akebono at WrestleMania 21.[37] Big Show subsequently feuded with Carlito Caribbean Cool and his bodyguard, Matt Morgan.[38] preventing him from participating in a scheduled Six-Man Elimination match for the SmackDown! Championship. He successfully pinned Gene Snitsky in a Tag Team match which turned into a singles match when both men's partners brawled backstage. After squashing his scheduled opponents for several weeks, Wight returned to his rivalry with Snitsky. On August 22, he foiled Snitsky's harassment of backstage interviewer Maria.[39] On August 29, Snitsky hit Big Show with the ring bell immediately after Big Show had won a match.[40] As a result, Big Show and Snitsky were placed in a match at Unforgiven, in which Big Show defeated Snitsky.[41] On September 26, Big Show defeated Snitsky again in a Street Fight.[42]

Teaming with Kane (2005–2006)

On October 17, Big Show defeated Edge and was thus entered in an online opinion poll, with the winner of the poll facing John Cena and Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship at Taboo Tuesday2005.[43] The poll was won by Shawn Michaels, meaning that the other two options would wrestle for the World Tag Team Championships.[44] Big Show teamed with Kane to defeat Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch for the Tag Team Championships.[45]

In the weeks preceding Survivor Series2005, Big Show became involved in the rivalry between the Raw and SmackDown! brands. Big Show and Kane invaded the November 11 episode of SmackDown! and, along with Edge, attacked Batista (inadvertently injuring him in the process).[46] On the November 14 episode of Raw, Big Show and Kane defeated SmackDown! wrestlers and reigning WWE Tag Team Champions MNM in an inter-brand, non-title match.[47] On November 21, Big Show and Kane "injured" Batista by delivering a double chokeslam onto the windshield of a car.[48] At Survivor Series, Show, Kane, Carlito, Chris Masters, and team captain Shawn Michaels represented Raw in a match with Team SmackDown!: JBL, Rey Mysterio, Bobby Lashley, Randy Orton, and Batista.[49] Team SmackDown! won the match, with Orton being the sole survivor.[49] On the November 29 episode of SmackDown!, Big Show wrestled Rey Mysterio in an inter-brand promotional match, however, Kane interfered, resulting in the match being declared a no-contest.[50] Following the match, Big Show and Kane attacked Mysterio until The Undertaker chased them from the ring.[50] Big Show and Kane returned to SmackDown! on December 2, defeating Mysterio and JBL after JBL abandoned the match, claiming the referee had poked him in the eye.[51] Following the match, Big Show and Kane's attempt to assault Mysterio was once again foiled, this time when Batista ran in to see them off.[51] As a result, on the December 16 episode of SmackDown!, Big Show and Kane were booked to face Batista and Mysterio, the Smackdown Tag Team Champions, at Armageddon2005.[52] They won the match, which pitted the Tag Team Champions from each brand against one another.[53]

On the December 12 episode of Raw, Big Show took part in a qualifying match for a shot at the WWE Championship in an Elimination Chamber match at New Year's Revolution2006.[54] Big Show lost to his opponent, Shawn Michaels, by disqualification after Triple H hit Michaels with a steel chair, intentionally costing Big Show the match and the title shot.[54] In retaliation, Wight cost Triple H his qualifying match with Kane later that evening.[54] On the December 26 episode of Raw, during the contract-signing for the announced match between Big Show and Triple H at New Year's Revolution, Triple H struck Big Show in the hand that Big Show apparently favors when using the chokeslam with his sledgehammer.[55] The following week, Big Show attacked Triple H while wearing a cast on his hand, using the padding provided by the cast to punch a hole in a chair held by Triple H, destroying a monitor from the announcers' table that Triple H intended to throw at him, and chasing Triple H away from the ring.[56] At New Year's Revolution, Triple H defeated Wight after striking him in the head with his sledgehammer.[57]

Subsequently, Big Show was one of eight participants in the 2006 Road to WrestleMania Tournament, the winner of which would receive a shot at the WWE Championship.[58] On the February 13 episode of Raw, Big Show faced Triple H in the tournament semi-finals in a match that ended in a double count-out.[59] As a result, Big Show and Triple H faced Rob Van Dam (the winner of the opposing semi-finals) in a Triple Threat match to determine the winner of the tournament on the February 20 episode of Raw.[60] The match was won by Triple H after he pinned RVD.[60]

In the weeks following the tournament, Big Show and Kane feuded with Chris Masters and Carlito, leading to a World Tag Team Championships title match being scheduled for WrestleMania 22.[61][62] Wight and Kane defeated Carlito and Masters, marking Big Show's first victory at WrestleMania after suffering six defeats.[63] On the following evening, Big Show and Kane lost the World Tag Team Championships to Spirit Squad members Kenny and Mikey following copious interference from the other members of the Spirit Squad.[64][65] They faced Spirit Squad members Johnny and Nicky in a rematch one week later, but lost via disqualification after Kane "snapped" and left the ring to attack the other members of the Spirit Squad.[66] The ensuing feud between Kane and Big Show culminated in a match at Backlash 2006 that ended in a ruling of no-contest.[67]

ECW and departure (2006–2007)

Show in December to Dismember.

At WWE vs. ECW Head to Head on June 7, Big Show was drafted to the newly debuted ECW brand; he removed his Raw shirt to reveal an ECW shirt during a twenty man battle royal including members of the Raw and SmackDown rosters against members of the ECW roster.[68] Big Show won the match for ECW by eliminating Randy Orton.[68] Big Show then appeared at One Night Stand, attacking Tajiri, Super Crazy, and the Full Blooded Italians after their tag team match.[69]

On the July 4 episode of ECW on Sci Fi, Big Show beat Van Dam to win the ECW World Heavyweight Championship on an ECW show in Philadelphia with the assistance of ECW's General Manager Paul Heyman, who declined to make the three-count for Van Dam after Van Dam hit his finisher Five Star Frog Splash on the Big Show.[70][71] Heyman then instructed Big Show to chokeslam Van Dam onto a steel chair, before making the three-count.[70] The fans almost rioted when Big Show became the ECW World Champion, throwing drinks and empty cups into the ring, as Heyman and Big Show celebrated, making him a villain again.[72] The victory made him the first ever professional wrestler to hold the WWE Championship, WCW World Heavyweight Championship, and ECW World Heavyweight Championship.[73] He is also the first non ECW Original to hold the ECW title. Over the next several weeks, Wight defeated many other wrestlers from other brands, such as Ric Flair and Kane to retain his championship but lost to Batista and The Undertaker by disqualification.[73][74][75] He lost to the Undertaker, however, at The Great American Bash in the first ever Punjabi Prison match;[76] he was a substitute for The Great Khali, who was removed by SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long and replaced with Big Show as punishment for an attack on The Undertaker shortly before the match.[76] He also had a brief feud with Sabu, whom he defeated at SummerSlam.[74][75][77]

At Cyber Sunday he faced John Cena and King Booker in a Champion of Champions match.[78] The fans voted for King Booker's World Heavyweight Championship to be on the line.[78] Booker won the match following interference from Kevin Federline, who was just beginning a feud with Cena at the time.[78] At Survivor Series, Cena wrestled Big Show in a traditional 10-Man Survivor Series Tag Team Match, with Cena and Bobby Lashley leaving as the sole survivors of the match after Cena pinned Big Show to claim the victory due to a double team with Lashley.[79] Big Show then began a feud with Lashley, who left SmackDown! to join the ECW brand to participate in the Extreme Elimination Chamber match at December to Dismember for the ECW Championship.[80] After busting Big Show open by breaking one of the plexiglass pods with his face, Lashley speared and pinned him to claim the ECW Championship. On December 6, 2006 following an unsuccessful rematch, WWE.com announced that Big Show was taking time off from the ring to heal injuries he had sustained on ECW.[81] After December to Dismember, Big Show told the WWE and he said "I'm a raw-boned bastard that breaks things and moves the immovable objects. When I'm injured, I can't do those things," the Big Show told the official WWE website. "I'm much more valuable healthy both mentally and physically, and this hiatus will help me to get there." WWE announced that Wight's WWE contract had expired on February 8, 2007, his 35th birthday.

PMG Clash of Legends (2007)

After two month departure from WWE, Wight replaced Jerry "The King" Lawler when the WWE withdrew him from a match with former nWo partner Hulk Hogan at the PMG Clash of Legends on April 27, 2007. Wight was introduced as Paul "The Great" Wight. He stated that "Big Show" was his slave name and that he didn't want to be owned anymore.[82] Wight lost the match after Hogan picked him up and bodyslammed Wight and pinned him following the leg drop.

Return to WWE (2008–present)

SmackDown!: Various Fueds (2008–2009)

The Big Show arguing with referee Scott Armstrong.

A noticeably slimmer Wight returned to WWE under his last used ring name (The) Big Show, at No Way Out, on February 17, stating that he has lost 108 pounds, previously weighing at least 500 pounds when he took time off from injuries. Wight then attempted to attack Rey Mysterio after his World Heavyweight Championship match with then champion Edge but got into a physical confrontation with boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. after Mayweather came from the crowd to defend his friend Rey. The confrontation ended with Mayweather breaking Wight's nose with a punching combination.[83] Big Show was then assigned to the SmackDown brand.[84]

Big Show lost to Mayweather at WrestleMania XXIV via knockout after a shot to the jaw with brass knuckles.[85] Shortly after, Big Show entered a feud with The Great Khali, concluding at Backlash, where Big Show defeated Khali pinning him after executing a chokeslam.[86]

At One Night Stand, Show defeated CM Punk, John Morrison, Chavo Guerrero, and Tommy Dreamer in a Singapore Cane match. During the bout, he received a black eye and deep gash along the eyebrow which required stitches after John Morrison swung a Singapore cane to his knee which caused Show to fall with the steps. As he fell, the steps accidentally moved to the right which hit Show in the eye. The win gave him contention[87] to face Kane and Mark Henry at Night of Champions for the ECW Championship, which Henry won by pinfall.[88]

Big Show once again became a villain by siding with Vickie Guerrero in her ongoing feud with The Undertaker by attacking him at Unforgiven, and later interfering in many of Undertaker's matches on SmackDown, most notably against Triple H, Jeff Hardy, Chavo Guerrero, and The Great Khali. He went on to defeat Undertaker by knockout at No Mercy. However, Show lost to him in a fan voted Last Man Standing match at Cyber Sunday and a Casket Match at Survivor Series. Show would then go on to lose a Steel Cage match against The Undertaker on SmackDown, ending the feud. At No Way Out, Show wrestled in the Elimination Chamber for the WWE Championship, but lost after being the third person eliminated by Triple H.[89] In March, it was revealed by John Cena that the Big Show was having secret relations with Vickie Guerrero. At WrestleMania XXV, Show was involved in a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship featuring champion Edge and John Cena. Once again, he was unsuccessful as Cena won.[90]

RAW: Jeri-Show and ShoMiz (2009-2010)

On April 13, Big Show was drafted to the Raw brand as a part of the 2009 WWE Draft.[91] At Backlash, Big Show interfered in a Last Man Standing match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Cena and Edge when he threw Cena into a spotlight, thus resulting in Edge winning the title and Cena being seriously injured.[92] He continued to feud with John Cena, losing to him at Judgment Day by pinfall and at Extreme Rules by submission by Cena's submission known as the STF,[93][94] before defeating Cena on the June 22 edition of Raw to end the feud.[95]

Big Show and Chris Jericho as the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions, forming an alliance known as JeriShow.

In the weeks prior to Night of Champions, Big Show constantly attacked U.S. Champion Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne among others. He would go on to develop a feud with Kingston for the U.S. Title and earn himself a spot in the six-pack challenge at Night of Champions. At the event, Big Show was announced as Chris Jericho's new tag team partner due to Edge needing time off to tend to an injury, thus taking Show out of the six-pack challenge for the U.S. Title. Together, Jeri-Show were able to successfully defend the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship against The Legacy when Big Show forced Ted DiBiase to submit to the Colossal Clutch.[96] They would go on to successfully retain their titles against Cryme Tyme (JTG and Shad Gaspard) at SummerSlam, The World's Strongest Tag Team (Montel Vontavious Porter and Mark Henry) at Breaking Point, and Batista and Rey Mysterio at Hell in a Cell. On the October 12 edition of Raw, it was announced Jericho would be the co-captain of SmackDown's team with Kane as the other co-captain, and Shawn Michaels and Triple H (collectively known as D-Generation X) would act as the co-captains of Raw's team. Later in the program, Show would qualify for the Raw team by defeating Jericho in a match that would qualify him to be on the team. At Bragging Rights, Show would help Jericho's team win by chokeslaming Kofi Kingston. At Survivor Series, Jericho and Show would both unsuccessfully challenge The Undertaker for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs on December 13, D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels and Triple H) defeated Jeri-Show to win the title in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.[97]

Big Show during his second Unified WWE Tag Team Championship reign with The Miz (collectively known as ShoMiz) before their title defense at WrestleMania XXVI.

On the February 8 episode of Raw, Show regained the title from DX with his new tag team partner The Miz in a Triple Threat Tag Team Elimination match which also included the Straight Edge Society (CM Punk and Luke Gallows).[98] On February 16, he and Miz successfully defended the title against Yoshi Tatsu and Goldust on the final episode of ECW.[99] On the March 1 episode of Raw, Show and Miz defeated D-Generation X in their rematch after The Undertaker distracted Shawn Michaels long enough for the Miz to recover and pin him.[100] At WrestleMania XXVI, Show and Miz defeated John Morrison and R-Truth to retain the title again.[101] At Extreme Rules ShoMiz was in a tag team gauntlet match where if ShoMiz lost, the winning tag team would get a championship match the next night on Raw for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship. The first tag team was R-Truth and John Morrison who lost their match. Then the next tag team arrived which was Mark Henry and MVP who also lost their match. The next tag team was the Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd) with Natalya and Bret 'The Hitman' Hart. They won the match which gave them the title match the next night on Raw. On the April 26, 2010 episode of Raw, Show and Miz lost the Unified Tag Team Titles to The Hart Dynasty.[102]

Big Show at Royal Rumble

Return to SmackDown!(2010-2011)

After the title loss, Big Show struck Miz with a knockout punch and hugged Teddy Long, making him a face in the process. Later on in the night as part of the 2010 WWE Draft, Big Show was drafted back to the SmackDown brand.[102] He returned to the brand on the April 30 episode of SmackDown, and was subsequently named the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, later on in the night he interrupted World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger as he was giving his "State of Championship Address" and knocked him out with his signature punch. On the May 7 edition of Smackdown, Big Show sat ringside during the Swagger/Kane main event. After Swagger was disqualified, Show chokeslammed him through the announce table.[103] He would also crash Swagger's achievement celebration and cost his match with Kofi Kingston in the following weeks. Big Show defeated Jack Swagger via disqualification at the Over The Limit PPV event. On the May 27 episode of Smackdown, General Manager Thedore Long came out to announce that qualifying matches were going to take place that night for the World Heavyweight Championship match at WWE Fatal 4-Way. Long then announced due to Jack Swagger losing his match with Big Show via disqualification at Over the Limit, Big Show qualified automatically, however at Fatal 4-Way, he was unsuccessful of winning it. The night after Fatal Four Way, Swagger who debuted his new finishing move The Ankle Lock applied the submission move on Big Show injuring his ankle, thus continuing their feud. Two weeks later on Smackdown, Swagger who had injured Rey Mysterio's ankle the previous week with the same submission move put Mysterio in the lock again until Big Show saved him. Later that night Big Show would eventually face Swagger in a match and fought Swagger to a double count-out. Soon he began a feud with CM Punk and his Straight-Edge Society confronting him the Friday night before the Money in the Bank event and would unmask Punk revealing his bald head. After failing to win the ladder match for the Money in the Bank contract, he fought the mysterious masked member of the SES also unmasking him revealing Joey Mercury as the masked member. Show defeated the Straight Edge Society in a 3 on 1 Handicap match at SummerSlam. His feud with the Straight Edge Society continued and at Night of Champions, Big Show defeated CM Punk in a singles match. On the SyFy premiere, he faced The Nexus in a 5-on-1 handicap match, but failed to win. Big Show was announced as Team SmackDown's captain for Bragging Rights on the October 8th edition of SmackDown. At the event, Big Show was counted out with Sheamus during the match but his team ultimately won with Edge and Rey Mysterio left on the team. He was on Rey Mysterio's team for Survivor Series and on November 21, he was a survivor along with Rey Mysterio. The following edition of SmackDown, he was unsuccessful in qualifying for King of the Ring as he was defeated by Alberto Del Rio by count-out thanks to interference by his personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez. On December 18 at WWE Tribute to the Troops, Big Show teamed with Kofi Kingston defeating Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger.

At the SmackDown tapings on January 4, Big Show participated in a Fatal 4-Way match to determine the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. He lost due to interference by former Nexus leader Wade Barrett. The next week, Show faced Barrett, and won via DQ, when former Nexus members Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel attacked him. Moments later Ezekiel Jackson appeared to help him, but instead attacked Big Show. The next week, Barrett, Slater, Gabriel and Jackson informed that they had formed the Corre. In the following weeks, the Corre continued to assault Show, due to the size and power of Ezekiel Jackson. Show participated in the Elimination Chamber match, eliminating Wade Barrett but being eliminated by Kane. Big Show would feud with the Corre in the following weeks.

Reunion and with Kane and Various Feuds (2011-Present)

On the March 4 edition of SmackDown, Big Show faced Kane in a confrontation until the Corre interfered and gave Kane a steel chair who proceeded to hit Big Show with it. However, Kane then turned on the Corre by hitting Gabriel with the chair. The following week, while Kane faced Barrett in a match, the Corre attacked Kane until Big Show saved Kane. On the March 18 edition of SmackDown, Big Show and Kane contested in a Tag Team Championship match against Slater and Gabriel, winning via disqualification as Gabriel pulled the referee out the ring while Big Show was pinning Slater causing a win by disqualification. This prevented Big Show and Kane from winning the Tag Team titles as the win was not by submission or pinfall. On the following edition of Raw, Kane and Big Show solidified their reunion when they came to the aid of Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov, who were being attacked following a loss in a non-title match over Slater and Gabriel.[104] At WrestleMania XXVII, Show teamed up with Kane, Santino Marella, and Kofi Kingston to defeat The Corre, (Wade Barrett, Ezekiel Jackson, Justin Gabriel, and Heath Slater). On the April 15 episode of SmackDown, Show participated in a 20-man battle royal to determine the person who would face Alberto Del Rio at Extreme Rules but eliminated himself to eliminate Ezekiel Jackson. He, alongside Kane, defeated Slater and Gabriel for the WWE Tag Team Championship, their second championship win as a team, on the April 22nd edition of SmackDown. Big Show was drafted to Raw as a part of the 2011 WWE Draft. He and Kane then started feuding with the New Nexus. After defending the titles against CM Punk and Mason Ryan at Over the Limit, Kane and Big Show lost their titles to Michael McGilligutty and David Otunga on the following day on Raw.

After losing the titles, Show was run over by Alberto Del Rio's car, driven by his ring announcer, and was sidelined with an injury for almost a month. He returned during a match between Kane and Del Rio, attacking Del Rio, who was saved by Rodriguez, but Big Show brutally attacked Rodriguez. It was determined that Show would face Del Rio at Capitol Punishment.

Show then began feuding with Mark Henry after he attacked and injured him on Smackdown June 17 as Big Show's frustrations and anger towards Del Rio was redirected unintentionally to Mark Henry. Henry retaliated attacking The Big Show during his match on Capitol Punishment and did the World Strongest Slam on him through the announce table, thus costing Show his match against Del Rio. Henry did same thing on Kane through the announce table the next day on Raw after their arm wrestling match, and again on the 27th June edition of Raw. Henry then broke the cage door during the steel cage between Big Show and Alberto Del Rio, gaining Del Rio to escape. He then attacked Show with the cage door, breaking the cage viciously. On July 17, 2011 at the second annual WWE Money in the Bank, Henry defeated Big Show. After the match, Henry fractured Show's fibula, keeping him out of action for almost 4 months.On the 7th October edition of SmackDown, Show returned to SmackDown and became number-one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship after he attacked Mark Henry and chokeslammed him through the announcer table. He is now on the SmackDown roster. [105]. At Vengeance Big Show fought Mark Henry to a no-contest after the ring collapsed just like what Brock Lesnar did to him in 2003. Big Show is currently scheduled to face Mark Henry for the World Heavyweight Championship once again at Survivor Series. At the Survivor Series Big show faces Mark Henry and almost won with his knockout blow he calls the "Weapon of Mass Destruction", but Mark dodged and gave Big Show a low-blow giving Big Show the win by disqualification (with Henry retaining the title). Mark Henry would try to re-induct Big Show into the Hall of Pain, but Big Show moved and knocked out Mark Henry then wrapped the steel chair around Mark's ankle and leg dropped it possibly breaking Mark Henry's ankle.

Other media

Show has been featured in infomercials for Stacker 2 with NASCAR drivers Kenny Wallace, Scott Wimmer, and Elliott Sadler, crew chief Jeff Hammond, and 2002 and 2005 Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart. In addition, Wight made a cameo appearance on the "Thong Song" remix music video by Sisqó and Foxy Brown. Wight was featured on the game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, winning $15,000 for his chosen charity, United Service Organizations Inc.

A three disc DVD set focusing on Wight's career titled The Big Show: A Giant's World was released on February 22, 2011.[106]

Filmography

  • Reggie's Prayer (1996) as "Mr. Portola"
  • Jingle All the Way (1996) as "Huge Santa"
  • McCinsey's Island (1998) as "Little Snow Flake"
  • The Waterboy (1998) as "Captain Insano"
  • Little Hercules in 3-D (2006) as "Marduk"
  • MacGruber (2010) as "Brick Hughes"
  • Knucklehead (WWE Studios Production) (2010) as "Walter Krunk"

Television appearances

Personal life

Like André the Giant, Wight used to have acromegaly, a disease of the endocrine system. Wight underwent successful surgery in the early 1990s on his pituitary gland which halted the progress of this condition. By the age of twelve, Wight was 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall, weighed 220 lb (100 kg), and had chest hair. In 1991, as a member of the Wichita State University basketball team at age nineteen, Wight was listed at 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m).[5] His shoe size is 18 5 E, his ring size is 22, and his chest is 64 inches (160 cm) in circumference. In 2005, Wight leased a bus and hired a bus driver because of the practical problems his size presents to air travel and car rental.[108][109] Wight played basketball and football in high school at Wyman King Academy in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina.[12] He was a standout center for the basketball team and a tight end for the football team. While at Wichita State University, Wight played basketball. Wight also attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1992 to 1993, was a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Cougars basketball team, and is a member of the Xi Beta Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. During his one year at SIUE, Wight scored a total of thirty-nine points for the Cougars in limited action.[110]

In December 1998, Wight was arrested and detained for allegedly exposing himself to a hotel clerk in Memphis, Tennessee. Wight was later released due to a lack of evidence.[111]

Wight married his first wife, Melissa Ann Piavis, on February 14, 1997. They separated in 2000 and their divorce was finalized on February 6, 2002. Together, they have a daughter named Cierra.[112] He married his second wife, Bess Katramados, on February 11, 2002.[112] Wight divorced Katramados in 2007; they have two children.[3]

In March 1999, Wight was charged with assault by Robert Sawyer, who alleged that Wight had broken his jaw during the summer of 1998 in the course of an altercation at Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Uniondale, New York. Wight claimed that Sawyer had verbally abused, threatened, and shoved him, and that he had responded by punching Sawyer. After three days, Judge Thomas Feinman gave a verdict of not guilty.[113][114][115]

In wrestling

  • Nicknames
    • "The World's Largest Athlete"[124]
    • Big Nasty
    • The Extreme Giant
    • "The Giant"

Championships and accomplishments

JeriShow as the Unified Tag Team Champions
Big Show as the ECW World Heavyweight Champion
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    • Rookie of the Year (1996)
    • Worst Feud of the Year (1999) vs. The Big Boss Man
    • Worst Wrestler (2001, 2002)
    • Most Embarrassing Wrestler (2002)

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