Big Show got no plans of MMA foray: ‘I’m an actor’
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 02, 2016 10:11 PM
At 44, the World’s Largest Athlete still has it.
“No, absolutely not!”
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) veteran Big Show was acting defensive when asked by ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo if he ever thought of venturing into mixed martial arts, a trend some of the sports entertaining company’s stars have followed in recent years with the explosion of the new sport.
“I remain to be a WWE sports entertainer—I’m an actor.” The WWE superstar took a quick stopover in Manila to promote WWE Live in Manila, which he, John Cena, Roman Reigns, The New Day, and other stars are headlining this September. His stress was on the first syllable of “actor.”
“I like to portray a character.”
Dos Caras, Bobby Lashley, Brock Lesnar, Batista—before having known them in UFC or the likes—were all products of WWE. But Big Show, or Paul Wight Jr., all 7’ of him at 438 lbs. at 44, and who has previously encountered some of the mentioned guys in WWE, has no intention of jumping on the bandwagon.
“I have no desire. I don’t have to prove to anybody I’m a tough guy,” he added.
Although, he said, his job remains to be for professionals who have to exert lots of focus and discipline like any athlete engaged in a sport would. Sports entertaining is something that Wight himself had to be serious about, even if already he hailed from a sports-oriented background. Basketball, American football, name it, he played them all.
“(The training) was very tough. It was a very intensive (involving) a lot of physical conditioning.”
“It runs from six to eight hours, it’s a real commitment. You have to understand the psychology behind our sport, the basic fundamentals of the sport.”
And then there’s also the personality factor that makes the act telegenic, he said,
“Personality goes into the acting. Some people are better on camera, and some people are better behind it.”
Big Show started his career in 1999. In those almost two decades, The World’s Largest Athlete is the first to have won the WWE, WCW, and ECW Championships. Despite not being in MMA like the rest, here we are still awed by his punches and punch lines. So, that must be something.