The Truth About The Big Show

The Truth About The Big Show


After more than 20 years of chokeslams, is
the Big Show is hanging up his singlet for good? In March 2017, the World’s Largest Athlete
told Sports Illustrated he was preparing to retire in February 2018. That, plus the news that his hip surgery didn’t
go as well as he’d hoped, made it look like the Show was ready for his curtain call. Then in March 2018, Big Show pulled a fast
one, announcing he’d just signed a new “multi-year deal”, blaming fans and the media for the
rumors he himself started. A showman to the end! Either way, in honor of his Hall of Fame-worthy
career, let’s take a look at the side of Big Show’s life you might not know about. “Y’know some people say it’s tough being a
Big Show, but I gotta tell ya, it has its advantages” He could’ve been Like Mike It’s clear Big Show can wrestle, but it might
shock you to learn he knows his way around a basketball court. In high school and college, Big Show (going
by his real name, Paul Wight stood 7’1″ and weighed 325 pounds. He won a division title his freshman year
with Northern Oklahoma Junior College, then transferred to Division I Wichita State University,
but, according to Sports Illustrated, suffered injuries and multiple benchings for being,
quote, “an arrogant S.O.B.” Years of fame as a WWE superstar have probably
soothed the sting of not making the NBA. The truth about his size Big Show didn’t become a giant from eating
all his vegetables. As a young kid, Show contracted gigantism:
involving a tumor that infects the pituitary gland, causing a rapid increase in growth
hormone. In Show’s case, he was 6’2″ by age 12, according
to Slam Sports. While his height certainly helped him as an
athlete, it could have cost him his life. In adults, gigantism can become deadly. Legendary wrestler Andre the Giant had the
same disease, which ultimately killed him at age 46. Luckily for Show, he underwent surgery to
remove the tumor in 1991, leaving him with all the size and none of the life-threatening
side effects. All thanks to Danny Bonaduce Big Show made it to the WCW with virtually
no training and literally zero independent wrestling experience. He got in thanks to a good word from, of all
people, Danny Bonaduce of The Partridge Family. As Big Show told Chris Jericho on Y2J’s podcast,
he trained at Larry Sharpe’s Monster Factory. Sharpe, however, was never there due to health
issues, and nobody taught Show much, except for how to lock up and run the ropes. Frustrated, Show left the Monster Factory
and started working with a karaoke company. One day, they were working Bonaduce’s morning
radio show in Chicago, and Bonaduce was clearly impressed with Show’s size. He invited the big man to be his “secret partner”
in a charity basketball game against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. The connection paid off, as Big Show went
from working karaoke gigs to main-eventing wrestling pay-per-views virtually overnight. A case of mistaken identity Big Show started his wrestling career in 1995,
but didn’t enter the WWE until 1999…thanks to one of the silliest cases of mistaken identity
in scouting history. As Show recounted to Chris Jericho, he was
working as a bouncer when WWE (then-WWF) ref Mike Chioda was at the bar Show was working
at, and Show handed Chioda a tape, which Chioda passed on to WWE agent Pat Patterson. Sadly, that gesture went nowhere — simply
because Patterson thought Show was another giant entirely: a wrestler named Robert Maillet
whom Patterson had no interest in signing at the time. Months later, Show was signed by the WCW and
immediately thrust into a main-event feud with Hulk Hogan. That, says Show, is how Patterson learned
of his big whoopsie. No Shaq Attack Though you may not have heard about it on
WWE TV, Big Show was hustling behind the scenes for an epic match for WrestleMania 33 against
NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. Show would even regularly call out Shaq on
social media by detailing his intense Mania workout. But depending on who you talk to, the match
never happened for a few different reasons. Big Show claimed Shaq was getting fat, saw
Show getting stronger, and got cold feet. That said, Show told Sporting News he was
simply “talking trash.” Meanwhile, Shaq blamed WWE on his podcast
for waffling. Finally, wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer
reported on Wrestling Observer Radio it was a money issue — WWE simply wouldn’t pay
Shaq what he wanted, so he bailed. The only thing we know for sure is that Big
Show versus Shaq might be the greatest WrestleMania match to never happen. Too big for Big Show By 2000, Big Show had won multiple world championships
and had headlined that year’s WrestleMania. But even so, the WWF demoted him to its minor
league system, Ohio Valley Wrestling. His weight was a big reason why, as he told
Slam Sports. While recovering from knee surgery he ate
too much and maxed out at 480 pounds. Show worked hard to get back to the WWF, losing
weight and getting his career back on track … but a few years later, there was another
weight-related setback. Show found himself getting far too big again. This time, as he told WWE.com, he took it
upon himself to drop weight and get into the best shape of his life. He’s since lost over 70 pounds and has wisely
set himself up for a long, healthy life Showtime for the Big Show Big Show isn’t the first wrestler to appear
in movies and TV, but he might be among the most prolific, due to his striking size and
decent acting ability. Over the years, Show appeared in movies like
Jingle All The Way and The Waterboy. In 2010, he landed a starring role in WWE
Films’ Knucklehead. It wasn’t a critical success, but Show was
as entertaining as ever. He even cameoed in the music video for Sisqo’s
“Thong Song.” Clearly, Big Show’s a natural on camera. If he ever decides to leave wrestling behind
for good, the Show will likely go on for a long, long time. Thanks for watching! Click the Grunge icon to subscribe to our
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100 Replies to “The Truth About The Big Show”

  1. And he apparently also loves playing Destiny! I'm gonna be honest I don't know how he plays it properly with his big fingers and thumbs but he enjoys it so it's good.

  2. If he is a real big show , you will never see him as a pearson, you will see him as a program .
    In my eyes, he's just a big fat fucking potato mother fucker.

  3. At 20 something Andre the Giant could have gotten a surgery in Japan to maybe save his life as it was assumed he would die at 40 but he refused but luckily the big show didn't make the same mistake

  4. Weirdly enough I hate wrestling and don’t like video channels like this normally, but I’m actually liking these vids so far

  5. Not sure what Shaq thought he was worth that much. His NBA days are over. He's not making that much money anymore. He needs to get over himself.

  6. “He was 6’2 at 12”
    And I’m over here 14 and 6’3.9 getting nervous wondering if I have a bit of gigantism

  7. i still hope big show vs shaq happens. the 2 guys just need to do promos after or during the royal rumble, which leads to wrestlemania

  8. I know one thing about Paul Wright aka The Big Show. He surely can eat allot. I hung out with him for a hour and he just are and ate.

  9. My favourite wrestlers are:
    1.Roman reign(The shield)
    2.John Cena.
    3.Big Shaw.
    4.Undertaker.
    5.Cane and
    6.Brawn strowman

  10. Kalisto 😃😃😃😃😃😃❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤💚💚❤❤💚💚❤❤💚❤❤💚💚❤❤💚❤❤💚❤❤💚❤💚💚❤❤❤💚❤❤💚💚❤❤💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤💚❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚❤❤❤❤💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚

  11. When this man was in the car behind my pulling into a car park it was one of the best moments of my life

  12. He's one of the worst wrestlers of all time, hands down. He makes the craft look fake. He's sloppy, uncoordinated, and everything he does in the ring looks like shit. There was never a time he was good, ever. Not even in wcw.

  13. Funny, I was the owner of a karaoke show when Paul started his career in WCW. He came to the club I worked (along with Harlem Heat). He was so nice and hooked me up with places to get music etc. from. He was just an awesome person.

  14. You said on Andre the Giant's video, that while WWE said Andre was 7ft4, he was closer to 6ft11. But Andre was bigger/taller than Paul Wight, and Show is 7ft1. Idk who the hell was trying to pass Andre at 6'11, but anyone especially wrestling fans knows that's bullshit.

  15. wrestlers don't really win titles they act out matches to an all ready decided outcome and to who will get to win that match to keep a storyline going for future matches. it works and some are better actors than others and the wrestlers on top of the heap are there because of the character they portray draws the crowd because the crowd needs heros and bad guys. wrestlers are no different than you or me just that acting in a ring makes a dollar too!

  16. The Giant as he was once called with the long hair and scary type features was a nice change of pace at the time. Unfortunately, his move to the WWF/WWE and obtaining the name "Big Show" eventually became a joke. Andre never became a joke because he would never have allowed it. Big Show began to job himself out to very inferior competition. Floyd Mayweather? To a Sumo Wrestler? Multiple times to Lesnar, Cena, Strowman, and many others turned him into a clown, Baby Big Show, or a Baby Huey. That bald head and all the jobs he did turned him into a big Teddy Bear. Sure Andre did jobs but that was to a big main eventer like Hogan and the upcoming Warrior and at the end of his career/life. Big Show was in his prime and was getting jobbed. Plus with a ring name like "Big SHOW." Sort of got the fans thinking more of a circus and put the emphasis on fake/show rather than trying to portray the business in a realistic manner. Why not just send him out in a clown suit too. Nice guy but they took his biggest attributes away from Paul Wight and made him into a mid card joke. Sad, Wight could certainly wrestle better than Andre could. His work in WCW worked out well because the momentum Andre had with Hogan transitioned for awhile psychologically to Wight and Hogan. Having him show up and sit in the audience and seeing him at a Bash at the Beach event. Then he drove Monster Trucks. Anyway, good guy but he will retire a wrestling joke now. Andre was old and hurting. Wight is, well, just a joke. Vince hired him and eventually destroyed him as a performer. But if Bob Uecker made it to the Hall of Fame so will this Baby face show I suppose.

  17. I don’t know a lot about “ProWrestling” but I do know that Andre The Giant was a good man & The Big Show is a prick.

  18. eagle has landed,,,,, stick up for family right now,,,,, for love for country right now,,,,join up with big show now,,,,,,thank god for big show right now,,,,,and do something with google and youtube and gmail and wildlife to and circus to now and the white house,,,,bring house down now watch this now

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