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Big Show


Real Name - Paul Wight
Birthdate - 2/8/72
7’ 441 lbs. - Tampa, FL

Athletic Background - Basketball [Wichita State], Football [High School]

Teacher(s) - Larry Sharpe, Jim Duggan, Thrasher

Professional Background - WCW(`95-`99), WWF/WWE(`99-`07), Indies(`07), WWE(`07-)

AliasesThe Giant, Paul Wight

Groups - Dungeon of Doom, nWo, nWo Black & White, The Corporation, Union

Peak Years - `97-`02

Finisher(s) -
- Chokeslam
- WMD (Knockout Punch)
- Cobra Clutch Backbreaker
- Showstopper (Inverted Rocker Drop)

Favorites -
- Colossal Clutch (Camel Clutch)
- Big Boot
- Bearhug
- Headbutt
- Chop


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - The death of the territorial system changed so many things about the pro-wrestling business, including the inability of special attractions to maximize their shelf life.  The man best known as the Big Show might have been an iconic star a generation earlier like Andre the Giant, Haystacks Calhoun or Ernie Ladd, but instead he has been on weekly television for most of his career.  Paul Wight was a tall, athletic young man who was given a huge push in WCW from the outset.  While he was green and lacking in many fundamentals, as “The Giant,” he was was promoted as the son of Andre the Giant, paired with Hulk Hogan and protected very carefully.  When WCW took off, he was a key character in the main mix while still in his twenties.  Amazingly, he would leave WCW before it became obvious that the company was in a sharp decline.  Vince McMahon always bragged that he  and his company, unlike WCW, would not overexpose this giant.  However, they were even worse as they seemed unable to properly use him from the get go.  The Big Show’s lack of the basics, ballooning weight and substantial contract made for a rocky few years.  The WWF used him up and down the cards as both a heel and a babyface, as a monster and a goofball and he never lived up to the aspirations that the company may have had for him.  The Big Show had some great rivalries with many of the stars of the Attitude Era and was a key holdover in the period that followed.  While he was never pushed as a main event draw, the Big Show’s size and credibility allowed him to establish people like Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle and he became a go-to guy again and again.  In 2007, the Big Show’ contract expired and he left to recuperate.  Since returning to the WWE, the Big Show has continued at about the same level.  He is a much smarter worker and well-rounded performer, but is worn down physically and is limited as an attraction.  The Big Show, while a better athlete, physically larger man and more financially successful pro-wrestler than any of pro-wrestling’s most famous giants, is never going to be seen quite in the same light.  Like many performers of his generation, the overexposure has largely harmed his legacy.
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