Big Show

Popular American Professional Wrestler, Actor and Athlete

Big Show
Big Show-American professional wrestler, actor, athlete-source-WWE

Paul Wight as Big Show is a popular American professional wrestler as well as an actor. He is well-known for his tenure with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from 1995 to 1999 as The Giant and with WWE from 1999 to 2021 under the ring name The Big Show.

Early Life, Family, and Education

He was born on 8th February 1972, in Aiken, the largest city and county seat of Aiken County, South Carolina. Big Show was born to his father, Paul Wight Sr., and his mother whose name is still unknown.

Big Show holds American nationality and belongs to a Caucasian white ethnic background and his horoscope is Aquarius.

He grew up his whole childhood in Aiken, South Carolina. At an early age, he played basketball for Wichita State University.

As for education, he attended his High School at Wyman King Academy, South Carolina. Later on, Big Show joined Wichita State University.

During school days, Show plays sports like football and basketball.

Early Career

Moving towards her career, Big Show began his professional career as a wrestler. After graduation, he held several off-the-wall jobs, such as bouncing and bounty hunting.

During that time, he and Danny Bonaduce met in a live microphone amateur contest on his morning radio show. Wight came to know Hulk Hogan through the Bonaduce.

Likewise, he entertains the crowd at a promotional basketball game for WCW. After that, Hogan realized that Wight had potential and later talked to Eric Bischoff about him.

Initially, Big Show wanted to join WWF but they rejected him as he had no training.

Later on, he reached out to Larry Sharpe’s Monster Factory and paid them $5,000 for training. Hence, Sharpe was suffering from gout at the time and Wight ended up training under Johnny Polo.

Professional Career

He made his first professional debut on 3rd December 1994, for World Wrestling Association in Clementon, New Jersey, in a loss against WWA Heavyweight Champion Frank Finnegan.

Meanwhile, his first match in WWA turned out to be his only match for the promotion as well. After that, he signed a lucrative contract with WCW in 1995.

Later on, he debuted under the ring name The Giant and had his first match for the promotion at the 1995 Halloween Havoc, against WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hogan.

After that, he joined the stable in 1996 and was part of the stable until December.

At that time, he won the battle royal at World War 3 and tried to challenge Hogan for a World Heavyweight title match.

Wight had become disillusioned with his prospect in WCW in 1999. Meanwhile, he had realized that he was making significantly lesser money than the main wrestlers and let his contract with the promotion expire.

He became a free agent on 8th February 1999 and later he joined WWF after signing a ten-year contract with the promotion and later adopted the ring name ‘Big Show’. Additionally, he feuded with The Rock, Kane, The Undertaker, and McMahon himself and was briefly in alliance with The Undertaker.

Big Show won the WWF Championship for the first time, defeating The Rock and Triple H at the 1999 Survivor Series. After that, he came back at the 2001 Royal Rumble and played a significant role in The Invasion storyline.

More Career

Big Show defeated Brock Lesnar to become the WWE Champion for the second time at the 2002 Survivor Series. After that, he lost the belt a month later to Kurt Angle.
Additionally, he won the United States Championship from Eddie Guerrero at the 2003 No Mercy.
Meanwhile, he was defeated by Japanese sumo legend Akebono in a worked sumo match at WrestleMania 21.

He began working with Kane in October 2005. They won the World Tag Team Championship but later start a feud that would result in two no-contest matches. Furthermore, he won the ECW World Heavyweight Championship on 4th July 2006.

Later on, he returned to WWE and in 2011, reunited with Kane. Additionally, he won the World Heavyweight Championship for the first time at the 2011 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.

After taking a leave from professional wrestling in September 2017, he had surgery. Furthermore, he returned on 4th April 2018, to induct his long-time friend Mark Henry into the WWE Hall of Fame.

At present, he is signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as an in-ring performer, and as a commentator for its web television show, AEW Dark: Elevation, under his real name of Paul Wight.

Acting Career

Big Show made his film debut in the 1996 sports drama ‘Reggie’s Prayer’, portraying a character named Mr. Portola.

Although, he worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, and Phil Hartman in the Christmas family action comedy-drama ‘Jingle All the Way’.

He appeared in two films in 1998. His first movie was the action-comedy ‘McKinsey’s Island’, in which he co-starred with Hulk Hogan.

After that, he then portrayed Adam Sandler’s idol, Captain Insano, in the highly successful sports comedy ‘The Waterboy’. Meanwhile, his next film was the 2006 family film ‘Little Hercules in 3-D’.

Additionally, Wight was cast as Brick Hughes in the 2010 action-comedy ‘MacGruber’. He acted in many movies such as ‘Vendetta’ in 2015 ‘And countdown’ in 2016.

Although, he also voiced a character based on his professional wrestling personality in ‘The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania!

Furthermore, Wight has made guest appearances on several TV shows, including ‘Shasta McNasty’ (1999), ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ (2004), and ‘Psych’ (2013).


Paul Wight underwent surgery that successfully prevented further enlargement of his pituitary gland in 1990. Although, he had a successful hip operation in 2017 after a 3.5 cm hole had developed in his hip.

He lost some weight during his treatment, but thanks to an improved diet and fitness exercise Big Show has a very proportional physique.

Rumors and Controversy

Discussing his rumors and controversies, the professional wrestler hasn’t been surrounded by any huge rumors or scandals. Meanwhile, he was arrested two times.

The police caught him for allegedly exposing a female motel employee in December 1998. However, he was let go due to a lack of evidence. For the second time, he was caught for another assault in March 1999.

Although, the case was filed by Robert Sawyer who said Paul his jaw in 1998. Additionally, he also added that this wrestler abused him verbally and threatened him too.

Moreover, After three days, the decision was made regarding Paul, and he was not found guilty.

Big Show | Salary and Net worth

Regarding his net worth and salary status, Big Show is very much successful in his professional career as a popular American professional wrestler as well as an actor.

He also gained so much fame as he is a famous American actor and professional wrestler we may conclude his net worth is not less than $16 million. Whereas, he earns his annual salary of $850K as a successful professional wrestler and TV actor.

During his professional wrestling career, he won my titles, including two times WCW World Heavyweight Champion, five times Slammy Award Winner, four times WEF/WWE Championship, and eight times WWE/ World Tag Team Championship.

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Relationship Status| Married Life

Moving towards his love life, Big Show has been married twice.

Initially, he married his first wife, Melissa Ann Piavis, on Valentine’s Day in 1997.

The former couple has a daughter named Cierra Wight. They separated other in 2000 and the divorce was finalized two years later, on 6th February 2002.

Bess Katramados and Big Show
Big Show married Bess Katramados-source-Vents Magazine

After five days of divorce, he got married for the second time, to a woman named Bess Katramados. She is well-known as a former American model.

They love birds has two children together. Their names are Mandy (Lily Brooks O’Briant) and J.J (Juliet Donenfeld).

Body Measurement | Height, Weight

Discussing his body measurements, Big Show is a famous American actor and professional wrestler with an athletic body posture in his lifetime.

At that time, Big Show stood with a tall height of 7 feet 1 inch (218cm), and his body weight was 230 kg (500 lbs.)

Furthermore, Big Show had a beautiful pair of dark brown eyes with bald hair.

Social Media Presence

Regarding his social media platforms, Big Show is only active on social networking sites such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

As a famous American actor and professional wrestler, Big Show has drawn tons of fans’ attention to his social media account.

Furthermore, he has more than 1.4 million followers on her Instagram profile whereas he has gained over 2.4 million followers on Twitter. Whereas, he has 2.9K followers on Facebook at the moment.

Big Show | FAQs

What is the height of Big Show?

Big Show stands 7 feet 1 inch (218cm).

How rich is Big Show?

He is a famous American actor and professional wrestler and has a net worth of $16 million.

What nationality is Big Show?

Big holds American nationality.

How old is Big Show?

The show is 50 years old.

What is Big Show’s real name?

His real name is Paul Wight.

Who is Big Show’s wife?

At present, he is married to an American former model, Bess Katramados.

Do Bess Katramados and Wight have kids?

The love birds have two children whose name is Mandy (Lily Brooks O’Briant) and J.J (Juliet Donenfeld).

Who is Show’s daughter?

Cierra Wight, Mandy, and Juliet Donenfeld are the daughters of Show.

Quick Facts about Big:

  • Full Name: Big Show
  • Real Name: Paul Wight
  • Birth Date: 8th February 1972,
  • Birth Place: Aiken, South Carolina
  • Country: Aiken
  • Gender: Male
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Spouse: Bess Katramados
  • Net Worth: $16 million
  • Tattoo(s): Yes
  • Horoscope: Aquarius
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown
  • Hair Color: Bald
  • Height: 7 feet 1 inches(218cm)
  • Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook



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