Paul Wight

Paul Wight

Infobox Wrestler
name=Paul Wight
names=The Big Show
The Giant
Paul Wight
Paul "The Great" Wight

height=height|ft=7|in=0Cite web |url = |title = The Big Show's bio on |accessdate = 2008-06-15 |publisher = World Wrestling Entertainment]
birth_date=birth date and age|1972|2|8
birth_place=Aiken, South CarolinaCite web |url = |title = Big Show's IMDB profile |accessdate = 2009-06-15 |publisher = IMDB]
resides=Tampa, Florida
trainer=Larry Sharpe
debut=July 16, 1995
retired= ?

Paul Randall Wight (born February 8, 1972 in Aiken, South Carolina), better known by his ring name, (The) Big Show, is an American professional wrestler and actor, currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), wrestling on its SmackDown brand. He is also known for his career in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he wrestled as The Giant from June 1995 to December 1998. He is the only man in the history of wrestling to win the WWE Championship, WCW World Heavyweight Championship and the ECW World Championship, even though his ECW Title win was after the company became property of WWE.

Professional wrestling career

Discovered in 1994 by Jim Strauser, owner of a Karaoke distributorship, Strauser viewed Wight as a potential NFL prospect and flew him back to Chicago.cite web|url=|author=Levitt,Kimble|title=The show must go on: in basketball, professional wrestling and life in general, Paul Wight has had his share of triumphs and disappointment|publisher=Wrestling Digest] Wight showed little interest in football but expressed interest in professional wrestling. Strauser then contacted Bonaduce, who hosted a Chicago radio show, and arranged for the meet up between Wight and Hulk Hogan. Wight trained under Larry Sharpe at Sharpe's Monster Factory for seven months and then signed with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in March 1995. He polished his wrestling skills at the WCW Power Plant, where at one point he possessed the ability to perform a moonsault.cite web|url=|author=Robinson, J.|title=Big Show Interview|publisher=IGN|accessdate=2007-06-06|date=2004-12-09]

World Championship Wrestling (1995-1999)

Wright debuted in WCW during Bash at the Beach in 1995. He introduced himself as The Giant, claiming to be the son of André the GiantIan Hamilton. "Wrestling's Sinking Ship: What Happens to an Industry Without Competition" (p.5)] and blaming Hulk Hogan for the death of his "father". The Giant joined the Dungeon of Doom, who were at war with Hogan and his allies, and immediately began a heated feud with Hogan. At the Fall Brawl, after his team won a WarGames match, Hogan earned five minutes fighting the leader of the Dungeon of Doom, "The Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan, in the cage alone – during this, Giant attacked Hogan, saving Sullivan. He also became the first to deliver a painful chokeslam.

After The Giant destroyed Hogan's Harley-Davidson Motorcycle using a monster truck, Hogan challenged him to a "Monster Truck Battle" at Halloween Havoc. [cite web|url=|author=Milner, J.|title=Big Show|publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|accessdate=2007-06-06] On October 29, 1995, 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 in what would be his WCW in-ring debut. Giant was awarded the victory by disqualification after interference from Jimmy Hart, Hogan's manager. Hart then revealed that the contract Hogan had 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 was the new World Heavyweight Champion. The title was held up one week later as a result of the controversial finish of the match.cite web|url=|author=Oliver, G.|title=Big Show now understands champ's role|publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|accessdate=2007-06-06|date=1999-11-21] cite web|url=|author=Milner, J.|title=Big Show|publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|accessdate=2007-06-06]

The Giant tried to reclaim the title at World War 3 but was foiled by Hogan, and Randy Savage won the vacant title. [cite web|url=|title=WCW World War 3 results|publisher=PWWEW|accessdate=2008-06-08] [cite web|url=|title=WCW World War 3 results|publisher=Pro Wrestling History|accessdate=2008-06-08] The Giant teamed with Ric Flair to defeat Hogan and Savage at the January 23, 1996 "Clash of the Champions XXXII", [cite web|url=|title=WCW Clash of the Champions XXXII results|publisher=Pro Wrestling History|accessdate=2008-06-08] but was decisively beaten by Hogan in a cage match at SuperBrawl VI. [cite web|url=|title=WCW SuperBrawl VI results|publisher=PWWEW|accessdate=2008-06-08] [cite web|url=|title=WCW SuperBrawl VI results|publisher=Pro Wrestling History|accessdate=2008-06-08] After a short feud with The Loch Ness Monster, [cite web|url=|title=WCW Uncensored 1996 results|publisher=PWWEW|accessdate=2008-06-08] [cite web|url=|title=WCW Uncensored 1996 results|publisher=Pro Wrestling History|accessdate=2008-06-08] The Giant won the World Heavyweight Championship a second time by defeating Ric Flair. 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. [cite web|url=|title=WCW Hog Wild results|publisher=PWWEW|accessdate=2008-06-08] [cite web|url=|title=WCW Hog Wild results|publisher=Pro Wrestling History|accessdate=2008-06-08] Giant joined the nWo twenty three days later, citing Ted DiBiase's money as his primary motivation. He feuded with Lex Luger and the Four Horsemen. The Giant was thrown out of the nWo on December 30 for asking Hogan for a World Heavyweight Championship title shot. He fought against the nWo along with Sting and Lex Luger, winning the WCW World Tag Team Championships twice.

In 1997 he 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, but Nash accidentally injured Wight's neck when he botched a Jackknife Powerbomb. [cite web|url=|title=WCW Souled Out 1998 results|publisher=PWWEW|accessdate=2008-06-08] [cite web|url=|title=WCW Souled Out 1998 results|publisher=Pro Wrestling History|accessdate=2008-06-08] When Nash left the nWo and formed his own stable, the nWo Wolfpac, Giant rejoined the original nWo to oppose Nash and his allies. While back with the nWo Giant won two more tag team championships, one with Sting as an unwilling partner (as the match was signed before The Giant returned to the nWo) and one 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 the winner would remain champion and choose a partner for the second half of the team.

On October 11, 1998, episode of WCW Monday Nitro, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bill Goldberg defeated The Giant in a no-disqualification match, in an unbelievable feat of strength; Goldberg executed a delayed vertical suplex before hitting the Jackhammer on The Giant. [ [ Bill Goldberg ] ] [ [ Wrestling Information Archive - WCW Monday NITRO Archives - 1998 ] ] [ [ House Show Results from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sunday, 10/11/1998 ] ]

After the two opposing nWo factions 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, and Giant was then attacked by the entire nWo.

Unhappy with his remuneration, Wright allowed his WCW contract to expire on February 8, 1999.Wright has a nephew, Eric Harper who briefly followed in the family's wrestling footsteps but is now a competitive swimmer on the Verrado High School(Buckeye,Arizona) Swim Team and also plays high school baseball for Verrado High School, his nephew is approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and is 16 years of age,this was a slight concern for Vince McMahon when he wanted another "Giant" and Vince McMahon got the reassuring news we wanted to hear when Wright's nephew Eric Harper, is expected to exceed over 6 and a half feet tall by the age of 18, according to the family doctor records and said in an interview with WWE, says that he wants to play professional baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and says that that is his dream to play Major League Baseball, but says that he will consider professional wrestling deeply, but at the moment baseball is his main focus.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1999-2006)


Wight signed a ten-year contract with the World Wrestling Federation on February 9, 1999. He debuted as a heel and member of Vince McMahon's stable, The Corporation, at the February 1999 St. Valentine's Day Massacre pay-per-view. During the McMahon versus Steve Austin cage match, Wight tore through the canvas from underneath the ring and attacked Austin. However, he 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 bodyguard. Wight performed as Paul "The Great" Wight for several weeks before being renamed "Big Show" Paul Wight. He then gradually dropped his real name, eventually being referred to simply as The Big Show, sometimes shortened to simply Big Show. McMahon wanted to ensure that Corporation member The Rock would retain his title at WrestleMania, so he had Wight face Mankind at WrestleMania XV for the right to referee the main event. Wight incapacitated Mankind, but got disqualified in the process, meaning that neither man would be referee. After a furious McMahon slapped Wight, he punched McMahon. Wight concluded his feud with Foley in a Boiler Room Brawl before turning face 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 June 7 edition of Raw a memorable Raw moment occurred when 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 therefore 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 against X-Pac and Kane. Wight and The Undertaker twice won the WWF Tag Team Championship.

When The Undertaker was sidelined with injuries, Wight set his sights on the WWF Championship. After Steve Austin was run-over 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 champion.

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 (falsely) inform Wight that his father had 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, he 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 Armageddon, The Boss Man faced Wight for the title, but even the presence of Bossman's protégé Prince Albert did not offset Wight's considerable size advantage, and Wight defeated him to retain the title. [cite web|url=|title=Armageddon 1999 Results|accessdate=2008-03-18|publisher=WWE] On the January 3, 2000, episode of "Raw" Triple H defeated Wight for the WWF Championship, using a title shot that he had won from Vince McMahon at Armageddon. Trying to regain the title, Wight participated in the Royal Rumble and was the runner up, losing to The Rock. Wight was convinced that he had won, and eventually produced a video tape that showed The Rock's feet striking the ground first. 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. The feud with The Rock turned Wight heel once more as The Rock was the top face in the WWF at the time. [cite web|url=|title=No Way Out 2000|accessdate=2008-03-18|publisher=WWE] The Rock was desperate to reclaim his title shot, and eventually agreed to a match with Wight on the March 13, 2000 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 agreed to defend the title against The Rock and Wight on the condition that the match would not take place at WrestleMania. Triple H managed to pin Wight, but Linda McMahon forced him to defend the title at WrestleMania 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.

After WrestleMania, Wight turned his attention away from the WWF Championship and turned face 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 faced Kurt Angle at Backlash and came to the ring dressed like his friend and role model Hulk Hogan, complete with skullcap/wig and yellow tights. "The Showster" defeated Angle with ease. When Shane voiced his disapproval of Big Show's antics, Wight began feuding with his former manager. At Judgment Day on May 21, Shane defeated Wight in a falls count anywhere match following interference from Big Boss Man, Bull Buchanan, Test, and Albert. [cite web|url=|title=Judgment Day 2000 Results|accessdate=2008-03-18|publisher=WWE] Wight returned two months later, apparently intending to gain revenge on Shane. Instead, he turned heel again and attacked The Undertaker thus siding with Shane once more, forming a short-lived stable known as "The Conspiracy" with Shane, Chris Benoit, Edge, Kurt Angle, and Christian. After The Undertaker threw Wight 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.cite web|url=|author=Ristic, A.|title=Big Show humbled but still nasty| publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|accessdate=2007-06-06|date=2001-05-08]


Wight returned at the 2001IPA| Royal Rumble, but was eliminated by The Rock. [cite web|url=|title=Roal Rumble Match 2001|accessdate=2008-03-18|publisher=WWE] Angered by his quick elimination, he proceeded to chokeslam The Rock through the announcer's table at ring side before he left the arena, (this however did not eliminate The Rock as he never went over the top rope). He then began competing for the Hardcore Championship, which he lost to Kane in a triple threat match which also included Raven at WrestleMania X-Seven. [cite web|url=|title=WrestleMania X-Seven results|accessdate=2008-03-18|publisher=WWE]

Throughout The Invasion, Wight remained loyal to the WWF, which turned him face 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. [cite web|url=|title=Backlash 2001 Results|accessdate=2008-03-18|publisher=WWE] He was also part of the victorious Team WWF at Survivor Series 2001, though he was eliminated early in the proceedings. [cite web|url=|title=Survivor Series 2001 Main Event results|accessdate=2008-03-18|publisher=WWE]

Wight was the number six pick of Ric Flair (representing the Raw brand) in the March 25, 2002 . He then immediately turned heel again by turning on Steve Austin in tag match that included him and Bradshaw. He then was included in handicap match at Judgment Day along with Ric Flair against Austin, but did not come out victorious. He joined the newest incarnation of the New World Order, but the stable disbanded after Kevin Nash was injured. Wight achieved little success on "Raw" after this, at one point even losing to the much smaller Jeff Hardy. Wight began a feud with Booker T, but lost the majority of his matches. He then feuded with the Dudley Boyz, but was once again repeatedly defeated.

In late 2002, Wight was traded to "SmackDown!". Upon arriving on "SmackDown!", Wight immediately challenged WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. He became a two-time WWE Champion and a four time World Champion (first two being the WCW Championship) when he defeated Lesnar in Madison Square Garden at the Survivor Series, after Brock's manager Paul Heyman turned on him. He lost the title to Kurt Angle a month later at Armageddon. In the opening match of the 2003 Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Big Show lost a Royal Rumble Qualifying Match to Lesnar. He then began feuding with The Undertaker, leading to Wight and his partner A-Train losing to The Undertaker at WrestleMania XIX. He then renewed his feud with Lesnar and wrestled 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 edition of "SmackDown!" Wight, Shelton Benjamin, and Charlie Haas defeated Mr. America (Hulk Hogan), Brock Lesnar, and Kurt Angle in a six-man tag team match when Show pinned Mr. America. This was Hogan's last WWE appearance as Mr. America. For several months afterwards, WWE hyped up Big Show as the man who retired Hogan at Madison Square Garden (where the six-man tag team match was held). In a twist of irony, at No Mercy Wight defeated Eddie Guerrero for the WWE United States Championship and then formed an alliance with the then WWE Champion Brock Lesnar (who had turned heel two months prior); he abandoned a departing Lesnar immediately before WrestleMania XX. At WrestleMania XX, Wight lost the United States Championship to John Cena.


On the April 15, 2004 episode of "SmackDown!", Wight promised to quit if he failed to defeat Eddie Guerrero that night.cite web|url=|title=WWE SmackDown! Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] He lost to Guerrero, and, believing that Torrie Wilson had laughed at him for losing, upended her car and threatened to throw her off a ledge. Then-General Manager of SmackDown! Kurt Angle ascended the ledge to try and talk some reason into Wight, but Wight chokeslammed Angle off the ledge, concussing him and (kayfabe) breaking his leg. After the event, Wight was not seen nor heard from on WWE television for months. In mid-2004, Wight was reinstated by new General Manager Theodore Long, as he returned during a lumberjack match between Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle, interfering in the match. Big Show had a choice to face either Guerrero or Angle at No Mercy. Wight chose to fight Angle, thus becoming a face. Wight defeated Angle at the event. [cite web|url=|title=WWE No Mercy Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] In the weeks before the match, Wight claimed to have "lost his dignity" when Angle tranquilized him in the middle of the ring using a dart gun and shaved his head (a look he has mantained ever since then).

On April 3, 2005, at WrestleMania 21, Wight faced Sumo Grand Champion Akebono in a worked sumo match;cite web|url=|title=WWE WrestleMania Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] 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, Wight pushed over a jeep driven to the ring by Luther Reigns to show that he was capable of moving the marginally heavier Akebono. Wight lost to Akebono at WrestleMania. Wight subsequently feuded with Carlito Caribbean Cool and his bodyguard, Matt Morgan.

On June 27, Wight was drafted back to Raw in the 2005 WWE Draft Lottery; [cite web|url=|title=WWE RAW Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] 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. [cite web|url=|title=WWE RAW Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] On August 29, Snitsky hit Wight with the ring bell immediately after Wight had won a match. [cite web|url=|title=WWE RAW Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] As a result, Wight and Snitsky were placed in a match at Unforgiven on September 18 in which Wight defeated Snitsky. [cite web|url=|title=WWE Unforgiven Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] On September 26, Wight defeated Snitsky again in a street fight. [cite web|url=|title=WWE RAW Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling]

On October 17, Wight 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 Tuesday on November 1. [cite web|url=|title=WWE RAW Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] The poll was won by Shawn Michaels, meaning that the other two options would wrestle for the World Tag Team Championship. [] Wight teamed with Kane to defeat Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch for the Tag Team Championship. [cite web|url=|title=WWE Taboo Tuesday Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling]

In the weeks preceding the 2005 Survivor Series, Wight became involved in the rivalry between the Raw and SmackDown! brands. He and Kane invaded the November 11 episode of "SmackDown!" and, along with Edge, attacked Batista (inadvertently injuring him in the process). [cite web|url=|title=WWE SmackDown! Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] On the November 14 episode of "Raw", Wight and Kane defeated "SmackDown!" wrestlers and reigning WWE Tag Team Champions MNM in an inter-brand, non-title match. [cite web|url=|title=WWE RAW Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] On November 21, Wight and Kane "injured" Batista by delivering a double chokeslam onto the windshield of a car. [cite web|url=|title=WWE RAW Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] At Survivor Series, Wight, 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.cite web|url=|title=WWE Survivor Series Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] "SmackDown!" won the match, with Orton being the sole survivor. On the November 29 edition of "SmackDown!", Wight drew with Rey Mysterio in an inter-promotional match, however, Kane interfered, resulting in the match being declared a no-contest.cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-03-23|title=WWE SmackDown! (November 29, 2005) Results|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] Following the match, Wight and Kane attacked Mysterio until The Undertaker chased them from the ring. Wight 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 eyecite web|url=|accessdate=2008-03-23|title=WWE SmackDown! (December 2, 2005) Results|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] Following the match, Wight and Kane's attempt to assault Mysterio was once again foiled, this time when Batista ran in to see them off. As a result, onn the December 16 edition of "SmackDown!", Wight and Kane were booked to face Batista and Mysterio at Armageddon on December 18. [cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-03-23|title=Randy Orton's Revelation|publisher=WWE|date=2005-12-06] They won the match, which pitted the Tag Team Champions from each brand against one another. [cite web|url=|title=WWE Armageddon Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling]

On the December 12 episode of "Raw", Wight took part in a qualifying match for a shot at the WWE Championship in an Elimination Chamber match at New Year's Revolution on January 8, 2006.cite web|url=|title=WWE RAW Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] Wight lost to his opponent, Shawn Michaels, by disqualification after Triple H hit Michaels with a steel chair, intentionally costing Wight the match and the title shot. In retaliation, Wight cost Triple H his qualifying match with Kane later that evening. On the December 26 episode of "Raw", during the contract signing for the announced match between Wight and Triple H at New Year's Revolution, Triple H struck Wight in the hand that Wight apparently favors when using the chokeslam with his sledgehammer. [cite web|url=|title=WWE RAW Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] The following week, Wight attacked Triple H while wearing an 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. [cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-03-23|title=The Chamber Awaits|publisher=WWE|date=2006-01-02] At New Year's Revolution, Triple H defeated Wight after striking him in the head with his sledgehammer. [cite web|url=|title=WWE New Year's Revolution Results|accessdate=2008-03-20|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] Subsequently, Wight was one of eight participants in the 2006 Road to WrestleMania Tournament, the winner of which would receive a shot at the WWE Championship.cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-03-23|title=Road to WrestleMania Tournament (2006) Results|publisher=Pro Wrestling History] On the February 13 episode of "Raw", Wight faced Triple H in the tournament semi-finals in a match that ended in a double count out. [cite web|url=|title="R" is for Revenge|date=2006-02-16|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] As a result, Wight 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".cite web|url=|title="Big Time" Pedigree|date=2006-02-20|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] The match was won by Triple H after he pinned RVD.

In the weeks following the tournament, Wight and Kane feuded with Chris Masters and Carlito, leading to a World Tag Team Championship title match being scheduled for WrestleMania 22. [cite web|url=|title=Hell to pay2006-03-20|date=|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] [cite web|url=|title=McMahon's bloody plan|date=2006-03-27|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] Wight and Kane defeated Carlito and Masters in the opening bout of WrestleMania 22, marking Wight's first victory at WrestleMania after suffering six defeats. [cite web|url=|title=World Tag Team Champions Big Show & Kane def. Carlito & Chris Masters|date=2006-04-02|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] On the following evening, Wight and Kane lost the World Tag Team Championship to Spirit Squad members Kenny and Mikey following copious interference from the other members of the Spirit Squad. [cite web|url=|title=The Champ bows down to the “King of Kings”|date=2006-04-03|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] [cite web|url=|title=History Of The World Tag Team Championship - The Spirit Squad|date=2006-04-03|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] 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. [cite web|url=|title=Cena answers with an STFU|date=2006-04-10|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] The ensuing feud between Kane and Wight culminated in a match at Backlash on April 30 that ended in a no contest. [cite web|url=|title=Kane vs. Big Show (No Contest)|date=2006-04-30|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE]

At "WWE vs. ECW Head to Head" on June 7, Wight jumped to the returning 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.cite web|url=|title=Big Show gets extreme|date=2006-06-07|last=Hoffman|first=Brett|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] He went on to win the match for ECW by eliminating Randy Orton. Wight went on to appear at One Night Stand on June 11, attacking Tajiri, Super Crazy, and the Full Blooded Italians after their tag team match. [cite web|url=|title=Big Show becomes an extreme human wrecking machine|date=2006-06-11|last=William III|first=Ed|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE]

On the July 4 episode of "ECW on Sci Fi", Wight beat Van Dam (RVD) to win the ECW World Championship with the assistance of ECW's General Manager Paul Heyman, who declined to make the three-count for Van Dam after RVD hit his signature Five Star Frog Splash on the Big Show.cite web|url=|title=South Philly Screwjob|date=2006-07-04|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] cite web|url=|title=History Of The ECW Championship - Big Show|date=2006-07-04|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] Heyman then instructed Big Show to chokeslam RVD onto a steel chair, before making the three-count. The fans almost rioted when Wight became the ECW World Champion, throwing drinks and empty cups into the ring, as Heyman and Wight celebrated, making Wight heel again.cite web|url=|author=MacKinder, M.|title=ECW: RVD goes 0 for 2|publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|accessdate=2007-06-06|date=2006-07-07] The victory made him the first ever professional wrestler to hold the WWE Championship, WCW World Heavyweight Championship, and ECW Championship. 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, Kane, and Batista to retain his championship.cite web|url=|title=Extreme assault|date=2006-07-11|last=Dee|first=Louie|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] cite web|url=|title=Sabu makes a statement|date=2006-07-25|last=Hunt|first=Jen|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] cite web|url=|title=Sabu strikes again|date=2006-08-01|last=Hunt|first=Jen|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] However, he lost to Undertaker at the Great American Bash in the first ever Punjabi Prison match;cite web|url=|title=Enduring the evil entrapment|date=2006-07-23|last=Tello|first=Craig|accessdte=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] he was a substitute for The Great Khali, who was removed by SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long and replaced with Wight as punishment for an attack on The Undertaker shortly before the match. He also had a brief feud with Sabu, whom he defeated at SummerSlam. [cite web|url=|title=Extreme giant prevails|date=2006-08-20|last=Hunt|first=Jen|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE]

On November 5 at Cyber Sunday he faced John Cena and King Booker in a Champion of Champions match.cite web|url=|title=True champion of champions|date=2006-11-05|last=Hunt|first=Jen|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] The fans voted for King Booker's World Heavyweight Championship to be on the line. Booker won the match following interference from Kevin Federline, who was just beginning a feud with Cena at the time. At Survivor Series, Cena wrestled Big Show in a traditional 10 Man Survivor Series Tag Team Match, with Cena and ECW newcomer Bobby Lashley leaving as the sole survivors of the match after Cena pinned Big Show to claim the victory due to a major double team with Lashley. [cite web|url=|title=Team Cena topples the Extreme Giant|date=2006-11-26|last=Starr|first=Noah|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] Wight 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.cite web|url=|title=Mission accomplished|date=2006-12-03|last=Tello|first=Craig|accessdate=2008-03-17|publisher=WWE] At the event, when it was Lashley's turn to come out of his pod, Paul Heyman had his men keep Bobby Lashley in his pod. Due to that, Lashley had to use his table to break out of the top of the pod. Later on, Lashley speared The Big Show and pinned him to win the match and claim the ECW Championship, after busting Wight open by breaking one of the plexiglass pods with the Big Show's face. On December 6, following an unsuccessful rematch, announced that Wight was taking time off from the ring to heal injuries he had sustained during wrestling in ECW.cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-03-23|title=Show's Over|last=Tello|first=Chris|publisher=WWE|date=2006-12-06] In an interview he said "I’m a raw-boned bastard that breaks things and moves the movable objects."

PMG Clash of Legends (2007)

In his sole wrestling match during his 14 month hiatus from WWE, Wight wrestled Hulk Hogan at the Memphis Wrestling independent event PMG Clash of Legends on April 27, 2007 in Memphis, Tennessee, going by the name of Paul 'The Great' Wight. He subsequently lost the match following a leg drop.cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-03-23|title=Memphis Championship Wrestling Results|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|quote=Hulk Hogan b "Giant" Paul Wight (formerly The Big Show) by slamming him and dropping the atomic leg drop! ] The bout was presented as a "rematch" of the March 29, 1987 match between Hogan and André the Giant at WrestleMania III, which Hogan won in a similar fashion. In a press conference on April 12, Wight announced that he had reduced his weight by convert|60|lb|kg st|abbr=on since leaving WWE and had given up smoking. Wight subsequently began training at the "Phantom Boxing Club" in Miami with the intent of becoming a professional boxer, but nothing came of this as Wight returned to the WWE shortly after. Wight was also offered a role in the TV pilot of Extreme Golf TV but that never materialized either.

Return to World Wrestling Entertainment (2008–present)

Wight returned to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) under his last used ring name (The) Big Show, at No Way Out, stating that he had lost 108 pounds, previously weighing at least 500 pounds when he took time off from injuries. He 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. [cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-02-18|title=Showtime in Vegas|last=Difino|first=L.|publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment|date=2008-02-17] Big Show was then assigned to work on the SmackDown brand, although he has often appeared on "Raw" as well. [cite web|url=|accessdate=2002-02-22|title=Big Show's WWE Profile page|publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment] At WrestleMania XXIV, Big Show turned face during his match with Mayweather as Mayweather used various heel tactics and received a negative reaction from the crowd. Big Show lost via knockout after a shot to the jaw with brass knuckles.cite web|url=|title=WWE WrestleMania XXIV Results|publisher=Pro-Wrestling Edge|accessdate=2008-04-06] Shortly after, Big Show entered a feud with The Great Khali which took place on SmackDown. The feud concluded at Backlash, where Big Show defeated The Great Khali by pinning him after executing a chokeslam. [citeweb|url=|accessdate=2008-07-26|date=2004-04-27last=Clayton|first=Corey|title=Big Show wins mammoth matchup|publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment]

At One Night Stand, Big Show defeated CM Punk, John Morrison, Chavo Guerrero, and Tommy Dreamer in a Singapore cane match giving him contention [citeweb|url=|accessdate=2008-07-26|date=2008-06-01|last=Passero|first=Mitch|title=Bloody big showing|publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment] to face Kane and Mark Henry at Night of Champions for the ECW Championship, which Henry won. [cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-07-26|date=2008-06-29|last=Rote|first=Andrew|title=World's Strongest Extreme Champion|publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment] Big Show turned heel at Unforgiven when he spontaneously assaulted The Undertaker and sided with Vickie Guerrero. He then defeated The Undertaker at No Mercy by knockout.cite web|url=|title=The knockout heard ‘round the WWE Universe|last=Burdick|first=Michael|date=2008-10-05|publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment|accessdate=2008-10-06]

In wrestling

*Finishing moves
**Cobra clutch backbreaker, sometimes segued into a cobra clutch – 2006; Used as a regular move from 2008–present
**Right–handed knockout hook – 2008–present
**"Showstopper" (Inverted facelock leg drop bulldog)
*Signature Moves
**Big bootcite web|url=|title=Big Show Profile|accessdate=2008-04-27|publisher=Online World Of Wrestling]
**Cobra clutch
**Forehand chop to a cornered opponent, usually preceded by Big Show shushing the crowd to hear the impact
**Hip attack
**Leg drop
**Reverse thrown powerbomb
**Sidewalk slam
**Walking on a fallen opponent's stomach or back

**The Taskmaster
**Ric Flair
**Jimmy Hart
**Jim Strauser
**Robert "Leprechaun" Taylor
**Paul Bearer
**Joy Giovanni
**Shane McMahon
**Vince McMahon
**Paul Heyman
**The Big Nasty
**The Extreme Giant
**The Great White
**The World's Largest Athlete

*Entrance themes
**" No Chance in Hell by Jim Johnston
**""Big"" by Jim Johnston (1999–2006)
**""Big" (Remix)" by Mack 10, K Mac, Boo Kapone and MC Eiht (2000; Used briefly)
**""Crank It Up"" by Brand New Sin (2006, 2008–present)

Championships and accomplishments

*Pro Wrestling Illustrated
**PWI Rookie of the Year (1996)
**PWI Wrestler of the Year (1996)
**PWI ranked him # 6 of the best singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003 [citeweb|url=|accessdate=2008-06-30|title=Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 2003|publisher=Wrestling Information Archive]

*World Championship Wrestling
**WCW World Heavyweight Championship (2 times) [citeweb|url=|title=WCW World Heavyweight Title history|]
**WCW World Tag Team Championship (3 times) [citeweb|url=|title=WCW World Tag Team Title history|] – with Lex Luger (1), Sting (1) and Scott Hall (1)
**WCW World War 3 Winner (1996)

*World Wrestling Federation | World Wrestling Entertainment
**ECW World Championship (1 time) [citeweb|url=|title=ECW World Heavyweight Title history|]
**WWE United States Championship (1 time) [citeweb|url=|title=WWWF/WWE United States Heavyweight Title history|]
**WWF/E Championship (2 times) [citeweb|url=|title=WWWF/WWF/WWE World Heavyweight Title history|]
**WWF Hardcore Championship (3 times) [citeweb|url=|title=WWF/WWE Hardcore Title history|]
**WWF/E World Tag Team Championship (3 times) [citeweb|url=|title=WWWF/WWF/WWE World Tag Team Title history|] – with The Undertaker (2) and Kane (1)

*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)

Acting career

Television appearances

*"Thunder in Paradise" (1994)
*"Figure It Out" (1998)
*"Cousin Skeeter" (March 18, 1999) in episode "Skeeter's Suplex"
*"Shasta McNasty" (October 5, 1999) in the pilot episode (as himself, wearing a pizza delivery guy's uniform)
*"Appeared in Sisqo's music video Thong Song Remix"
*"Saturday Night Live" (March 18, 2000)
*"The Cindy Margolis Show" (September 8, 2000)
*"Weakest Link" (November 12, 2001)
*"Saturday Night Live" (April 13, 2002)
*"TV total" (April 29, 2002)
*"One on One" (November 25, 2002) in episode "Is It Safe?" as "Miles"
*"Player$" (2004) in episode "Barenaked Players"
*"MADtv" (March 13, 2004)
*"" (October 29, 2004) in episode "" as "Orion Slave Trader #1"
*"Hogan Knows Best" (2004–2005, 2007)
*"Late Night with Kevin" (September 27, 2005)
*"Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2008
*"Attack of the Show" (October 2, 2008)


*"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"

Personal life

Like André the Giant, Wight has acromegaly, a disease of the Endocrine System, although he 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 (188 cm) 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 (215 cm). His shoe size is 22 5 E, his ring size is 22.5, and his chest is 64 in (163 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. cite web|url=|last=Ross|first=J.|authorlink=Jim Ross|title=Savage Responses.. Where is John Crystal?.. Empty Arena Matches.. Paul Wight.. DiBiase Return?.. Ft. Hood.. King=Heenan-esque?.. Auburn was Screwed..|publisher=JR's BBQ|accessdate=2007-05-21|date= 2007-05-20|quote=...And no, he doesn’t have the “Andre Disease,” but did at one time, but was cured. ] cite web|url=|author=Zerr, S.|title=Big Show revels in ring success|publisher=Edmonton Sun|accessdate=2007-06-06|date=2005-03-31]

Wight played basketball and football in high school at Wyman King Academy in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina. 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, and is a member of the Xi-Beta Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Wight also attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1992-93 and was a member of NCAA Division II Cougars basketball team. During his one year at SIUE, he scored a total of thirty-nine points for the Cougars in limited action.cite web|url=|title=SIUE Men's Basketball All-Time Roster||accessdate=2007-06-06]

In December 1998, Wight was arrested and detained for allegedly exposing himself to a hotel clerk in Memphis, Tennessee. He was later released due to a lack of evidence.cite web|url=|title=Big Show|publisher=The Smoking Gun|accessdate=2007-06-06]

Wight has been married twice. He married his first wife, Melissa Ann Piavis, on February 14, 1997 and divorced in 2000. Together they have a daughter named Cierra.cite web|url=|title=NNDB: Big Show||accessdate=2007-09-25] He married his second wife, Bess Katramados, on February 11, 2002.cite web|url=|author=Fleischman, J.|title=A smaller Big Show gets some bigger digs| publisher=The Miami Herald|accessdate=2007-07-02|date=2007-07-01] cite web|url=|author=Levitt, S. and Kimble, D.|title=The show must go on|publisher=Wrestling Digest|accessdate=2007-06-06|month=February | year=2002]

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 in a Marriott hotel 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.cite web|url=|author=Powell, J.|title=Wight goes to court|publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|accessdate=2007-06-06|date=2000-03-09] cite web|url=|author=Powell, J.|title=Wight testifies in his own defence| publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|accessdate=2007-06-06|date=2000-03-10] cite web|url=|author=Powell, J.|title=Wight acquitted of assault| publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|accessdate=2007-06-06|date=2000-03-11] He has been featured in commercials 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, he made a cameo appearance on the Thong Song remix music video by Sisqo and Foxy Brown. []


External links

* [ Big Show Profile] at

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