For real: WWE’s Big Show was the ‘class clown’ growing up
Barry Viloria on Jul 29, 2016 09:56 PM
The World’s Largest Athlete is a gentle giant after all. (Photos by Monster Centaur and Vyn Radovan)
He has stunned the likes of Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, The Undertaker, and Triple H in more than one occasion. Standing at 7 feet and weighing at 438 lbs., WWE’s Big Show wears an intimidating front familiar to many wrestling fans who have watched him since his career started in the late 90s. But on his return to the Philippines recently to promote “WWE Live in Manila” happening in September, we got to experience the soft side behind his gigantic stature and his numerous championships (all including the WWE, WCW, and ECW).
“I was always the class clown,” the deep-voiced Big Show, 44, whose name Paul Wight Jr., revealed to ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo in a one-on-one interview we had eavesdropped on. “I have a self-deprecating sense of humor.”
Wight would grow to be well-adjusted despite feeling awkward in his youth. Coming from a “large family,” the Wight household has the shortest at 6’3” and the girls at 5’10”. It was his personality that got him through while he admits having had trouble fitting in as a teenager.
“I was 6’2” at 12. I had to develop a personality to be able to relate to kids and to parents. If you’re 6’8” (a few years later), a lot of parents wouldn’t let their kids hang out with me because they thought I’m a monster.”
Despite his humongous size, Wight’s just a simple guy come to think of it. He played team sports growing up, which would help him develop a better perspective on using his size to pursue both as interest and career And also, to eliminate the factor of awkwardness blending in.
While he played basketball and American football, Wight went on to pursue wrestling at 23 (he says it’s a pretty young age to start in sports entertaining, as compared to actual sports where it’s better if you begin in your childhood). This kind of attitude—or lack thereof, you know, acting like a normal guy—Wight would further use as he inched towards the world of sports entertaining.
“Even if it looks like an individual sports, we’re still a team sport of entertainers under the same company and driving success,” he said matter-of-factly.
You’d be surprised to know, he’s such a guy-next-door that his WWE moniker was from someone he met at the dugout.
“This sweet man gave me that name. I was passing by the hallway one day and he was like, ‘How was the big show today?’ ‘Who’s the big show?’ (I asked.) ‘You, your talk, your walk, you’re an athlete, you’re the Big Show as you walk off.’ I was like, ‘That’s my name!’”