The Big Show
Sep 12, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Paul Wight
Weight: 441 lbs.
Date of birth: February 8, 1972
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Pro debut: July 16, 1995
Trained by: Larry Sharpe
Finishing move: Chokeslam
- Wight arrived in World Championship Wrestling as The Giant and quickly joined Jimmy Hart’s Dungeon of Doom.
- On October 29, 1995, it appeared The Giant won the WCW title from Hulk Hogan via disqualification. Hart had a stipulation added to the match that the title could change hands on a disqualification, however, since Hart caused the disqualification himself, the title was held up.
- At WCW’s Clash of the Champions XXXII, The Giant and Ric Flair defeated Hogan and “The Macho Man” Randy Savage. – The Giant defeated Lock Ness at the 1996 Uncensored.
- On April 22, 1996, The Giant captured the WCW title from Flair in Albany, GA.
- At the World Wrestling Peace Festival ’96, The Giant defeated Sting.
- On the August 26, 1996 edition of “Nitro,” The Giant joined the New World Order.
- The Giant won the 1996 World War III 3 ring, 60-man battle royal. Earlier that evening, The Giant defeated Jeff Jarrett.
- The Giant defeated Lex Luger at the 1996 Starrcade in Nashville, TN.
- The Giant and Luger defeated “Hollywood” Hogan and Dennis Rodman at the 1997 “Bash at the Beach.”
- When Kevin Nash formed the nWo Wolfpac, Wight joined Hogan’s nWo Hollywood faction.
- Sting and The Giant teamed up to beat the Outsiders on May 17, 1998 at “Slamboree,” for the WCW World Tag Team title.
- Sting ended up with the Wolfpac, which meant The Giant and his new tag team partner were on enemy factions.
- Scott Hall and The Giant defeated Nash and Sting on the July 20, 1998 edition of “Nitro,” capturing the WCW Tag Team title.
- Wight left WCW in 1999, and signed a reported ten-year contract with the World Wrestling Federation.
- Wight made his WWF debut at the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” during a steel cage match involving Steve Austin and Vince McMahon. Wight emerged through the ring, and tossed Austin into the fencing, landing the “rattlesnake” on the arena floor for the victory.
- Upon his arrival in the WWF, Wight became a member of Mr. McMahon’s Corporation, and was renamed The Big Show.
- The Union (Wight, Foley, Shamrock, and Test) defeated Faarooq, Bradshaw, Viscera and the Big Bossman at the 1999 “Over the Edge.”
- At the 1999 Fully Loaded PPV, The Big Show defeated Kane.
- The Undertaker and The Big Show defeated Kane and X-Pac at the ’99 Summerslam for the WWF World Tag Team title in Minneapolis, MN.
- On September 7, 1999, The Undertaker and The Big Show again claimed the WWF Tag Team title, this time from Mankind and The Rock in a “buried alive” match.
- The Big Show overcame Triple H and The Rock in a three-way match at the 1999 Survivor Series to capture the WWF title.
- At Armageddon ’99, The Big Show successfully defended the WWF title against the Big Bossman.
- With the assistance of Shane McMahon, The Big Show defeated The Rock for a WWF title shot at Wrestlemania 2000.
- At Backlash 2000 in Washington, D.C., Wight, dressed as Hulk Hogan, and defeated Kurt Angle.
- In the summer of 2000, the WWF assigned Wight to Ohio Valley Wrestling for conditioning.
- The Big Show returned to the WWF at the 2001 Royal Rumble, entering the battle royal at #23.
- At No Way Out ’01 in Las Vegas, The Big Show captured the WWF Hardcore title from Raven.
- On the May 21, 2001 edition of “Raw” in San Jose, CA, The Big Show defeated Rhyno for the WWF Hardcore title.
- On July 26, 2001, The Big Show and Shane The Glamour Boy defeated Russ McCullough and Test for the IWA Puerto Rico promotion.
- At the Rebellion ’01 PPV in Manchester, England, The Big Show downed Diamond Dallas Page.
- On March 3, 2002, The Big Show and Kane defeated the Dudley Boyz in Singapore.
- On the April 22, 2002 episode of “Raw,” The Big Show turned against Austin and rejoined the New World Order.
- It was announced on the October 21, 2002 edition of “Raw” that The Big Show had been traded by general manager Eric Bischoff to “Smackdown.”
- At Survivor Series ’02, The Big Show used outside interference from Paul Heyman (who turned on Brock Lesnar) to capture the WWE title from Lesnar in New York, NY.
- At No Mercy ’03 in Baltimore, MD, The Big Show defeated Eddy Guererro to capture the United States title.
- A bald headed Big Show defeated Kurt Angle at the 2004 No Mercy PPV.
- At Survivor Series ’04, Team Guerrero (Big Show, Van Dam, Eddy Guerero, and John Cena) defeated Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Mark Jindrak, Luther Reigns, and Carlito Caribbean Cool).
- At Armageddon ’04, The Big Show defeated Angle, Reigns and Jindrak in a “3 on 1″ handicap match.
- On the June 27, 2005 edition of “Raw,” The Big Show was drafted to the Raw roster.
- At Unforgiven ’05, The Big Show defeated Gene Snitsky.
- The Big Show and Kane defeated Trevor Murdoch and Lance Cade at the 2005 Taboo Tuesday PPV in San Diego, CA to capture the World Tag Team straps.
- At Armegeddon ’05, The Big Show and Kane defeated Batista and Rey Mysterio.
- At Wrestlemania 22, The Big Show and Kane defeated Chris Masters and Carlito to successfully defend the World Tag Team title.
- The Big Show turned against Team WWE and joined ECW during the 20-man WWE vs. ECW battle royal on June 7, 2006.
- On the July 4, 2006 edition of “ECW” on Sci Fi, The Big Show defeated Rob Van Dam in Philadelphia, PA to capture the ECW title.
- At Summerslam ’06, The Big Show defeated Sabu in an “extreme rules” match to retain the ECW title.
- Wight returned to WWE at the No Way Out ’08 PPV, and did an angle with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. to set up a Wrestlemania XXIV match.
- At Backlash ’08, The Big Show defeated The Great Khali.
- At One Night Stand ’08, The Big Show defeated Chavo Guerrero, CM Punk, John Morrison and Tommy Dreamer in a “Singapore cane” match.
- The Big Show defeated The Undertaker at No Mercy ’08 via knockout.
- The Big show was drafted to the Raw brand on April 13, 2009.
- With Edge injured, The Big Show joined Chris Jericho as the Unified Tag Team champions and defeated Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase at the 2009 Night of Champions.
- At Summerslam ’09, Jericho and The Big Show defeated Cryme Tyme to retain the Unified tag team titles.
- At Breaking Point, Big Show and Jericho defeated MVP and Mark Henry to remain the Unified tag team champions.
- The Big Show and Y2J defeated Rey Mysterio and Batista at Hell in a Cell ’09.
- Big Show and The Miz defeated John Morrison and R-Truth at Wrestlemania 26.
- On April 26, 2010, Big Show was drafted to the Smackdown roster.
- At Wrestlemania 27, Big Show, Kane, Santino Marella and Kofi Kingston defeated The Corre (Wade Barrett, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, and Ezekiel Jackson).
- On April 25, 2010, Big Show was drafted to Raw.
- At TLC ’11 in Baltimore, MD, Big Show defeated Mark Henry to win the World Heavyweight title, but moments later, Daniel Bryan cashed in his Money in the Bank title shot and pinned Show for the championship.
- At Wrestlemania 28, Big Show defeated Cody Rhodes to win the Intercontinental title in Miami, FL.
- At Hell in a Cell ’12, Big Show defeated Sheamus to win the World Heavyweight title.