Big Show Biography

( 1972 - )
May 9, 2019
First published on:February 5, 2017
by John Max

Facts of Big Show

Date of Birth: 1972, February 8
Age: 47 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 7 Feet
Birth Sign:: aquarius
Birth Name Paul Donald Wight II
Famous Name Big Show
Father Paul Wight Sr.
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Birth Place Aiken, South Carolina
Currently Working For WWE
Salary $1 million
Net Worth $30 million
Weight in KG 174 kg
Currently Married Yes
Married to Bess Katramados (m. 2002), Melissa Ann Piavis (m. 1997–2002)
Children 3
Divorce Melissa Ann Piavis (m. 1997–2002)
Profession Wrestling player
Current City Tampa, Florida
Started career as Wrestling player
Past married if any Melissa Ann Piavis
University attended Wichita State University
Full Name Paul Donald Wight II
Horoscope Aquarius
Birth Date February 8, 1972
Career Earnings $40 million
No. of Twitter Followers 2.51 million
No. of Instagram Followers 1.2 million
Height 7 feet
Weight 383 lbs
Other Show Jingle All the Way, The Waterboy, Star Trek Enterprise

Paul Donald Wight II famously known as The Big Show is a legendary American wrestler currently signed to WWE, under the SmackDown brand. Other than working for WWE, he also appeared in several films like Jingle All the Way, The Waterboy, Star Trek Enterprise.

The resident of Tampa, Florida, Big Show, and seven times world champion in the World Heavy Weight Championship, reportedly earns around $1 million, as his yearly salary from the network, and as of 2019, he reportedly has an estimated net worth of over $30 million. He got married to Bess Katramados in 2002 after his divorce with Melissa Ann Piavis (m. 1997–2002) and has 3 children with him. 

How Much Is Big Show Net worth and Salary in 2019? Know his Income source

The American wrestler and actor Big Show has an estimated net worth of $30 million, as of 2019. Furthermore, his annual salary is $1 million, which he makes from his successful wrestling career with WWE.

Further, WWE wrestler receives an added sum of money from his TV guest appearances as a sports pundit too.

CAPTION: Big Show SOURCE: Cow Net Worth

Big Show is one of the most popular WWE wrestlers who has made a successful career as a wrestler. As WWE is a popular Sports Championship, it is well known for paying a heavy amount of salary to its wrestlers. As Big Show is a regular WWE player, he earns a decent amount of salary from the network.

A WWE wrestler on the roster, however, makes $500,000 a year on average, with top fighters making $1 million or more a year, according to Forbes. Since Big Show is wrestling for over decades so he has earned a quite good amount of money.

Furthermore, he owns a luxurious mansion in Odessa, Florida. Additionally, he has another house in Tampa worth $680,000. 

Is Big Show Married? Know His Affair, Wife & Children

The famous American wrestler Paul Donald Wight II also famously called Big Show is quite famous in social media with a huge number of followers.

Big Show is 7 feet tall in height and weighs around 383 lbs. Paul married Melissa Ann Piavis, his first wife on February 14, 1997. After their separation in 2000, they got divorced in 2002.

CAPTION: Big Show with his Wife Bess Katramados SOURCE: Wikicelebinfo.com

Before getting divorced, Ann gave birth to a daughter Cierra. After that in 2002, he married Bess Katramados and both of them are blessed with two children.

Paul was arrested many times because of his angry behavior. Paul has acromegaly, an endocrine system disease. In the early 1990s, Wight was operated successfully on his pituitary gland, which stopped the progress of this condition.

In his early age of 12, he was 6 feet 2 inch tall with a weight of 100 kg. His body measurements include a chest size of 60 inches, a Waist size of 40 inches and 26 inches Biceps.

Bug Show currently, lives in Tampa, Florida, along with his family, and has a beautiful home there.

Big Show Early Life and Educational History

Paul Donald Wight II was born on February 8, 1972, in Aiken, South Carolina to father Paul Wight Sr. He holds an American nationality and belongs to White ethnic group. Further, his star sign is Aquarius.

Big Show completed his schooling from Wyman King Academy. After completing high school, he attended Wichita State University and acquired his Bachelor's degree from there. Later, he also attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1992-1993.

Before going to wrestling career, Big Show used to work as a bounty hunter. By doing the latter for a karaoke company, he met Danny Bonaduce on his morning radio show in a live amateur microphone contest. Bonaduce introduced his friend, Hulk Hogan, to Wight.

He was recommended by the WCW Vice-president Eric Bischoff and met Ric Flair,  Arn Anderson, and Paul Orndorff.

In 1995, he signed with World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He wrestled for World Championship Wrestling from 1995 to 1999.

Big Show Professional Wrestling Career

Big Show started his wrestling career with WCW, after signing a contract with it in 1995. He was given the name in the ring as The Giant and made his debut defeating Hulk Hogan at Halloween Havoc.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Giant teamed up with Ric Flair to defeat Hogan and Savage at Champions XXXII Clash, but Hogan was decisively beaten in a SuperBrawl VI cage match. The Giant won the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Flair after a short feud with Loch Ness. Following the interference of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, Hogan defeated The Giant for the title in Hog Wild after forming the New World Order( nWo).

New World Order (1996-99)

Big Show joined NWO after winning the battle at World War 3 and asked Hogan for the Heavyweight Championship Title. He is also two-timed winner of the WCW World Tag Team Championship. Big Show got Injured in the game at Souled Out with Nash. Nash left NWO and Paul returned to NWO again to oppose Nash.

On the episode of Nitro on 12 October 1998, Bill Goldberg defeated the giant in a match of no disqualification. In a show of strength, Goldberg carried out a delayed vertical suplex before the Jackhammer was executed on The Giant.

After merging of nWo Hollywood and nWo Wolfpac, Nash and Big Show fought for the Giant position and Paul got defeated. His contract expired on 1999 February 8, with WCW.

World Wrestling Federation(1999-07)

Big Show an expensive contract on 1999, February 9 with World Wrestling Federation. He fought against Steve Austin in McMahon's Cage and served as McMahon's enforcer. McMahon wanted to ensure that Corporation member The Rock retained its title at WrestleMania so that Big Show wrestle Mankind had the right to referee the main event at WrestleMania XV.

After McMahon slapped Paul, he struck McMahon and turned his face. Paul concluded his feud with Foley in a Brawl boiler room before joining Mankind, Test and Ken Shamrock in a stable known as The Union, which fought against the corporation and later the Ministry of the Corporation.

CAPTION: Big Show in the ring SOURCE: Sports Illustrated

Big Show faced Undertaker in the 7th episode of RAW for WWF Championship, after a furious match between them, the referee forcefully stopped the match when Paul used chokeslam. Later, Big Show and Undertaker fought against Kane and X-Pac forming an alliance and both won the WWF Tag Team Championship Title twice.

The show retained his WWF Championship title after winning against Boss Man. Later on, in the 3rd episode of Raw, Triple H defeated the WWF Championship Big Show. In an attempt to regain the title, Paul took part in the Royal Rumble match, in which he antagonized The Rock and turned his head again.

In addition, Big Show claimed that if he lost against The Rock he would retire from Wrestling and for this Shane McMahon, appointed himself as the special guest referee. Big Show was the first man to be eliminated from the Wrestle Mania 2000 match between Triple H, The Rock, and Mike Foley after the other three competitors worked together against him.

In the meantime, he played against many famous wrestlers Kurt Angle, The Berzerker, Rikishi, Val Venis. Paul was defeated by Shane in a Falls Count Anywhere match at the Judgement Day, interfered by Big Boss Man, Bull Buchanan, Test, and Albert.

Later when Undertaker threw Show off the stage on he was removed from WWF tv for a remaining year on 2000 August 7 and he went to Ohio Valley Wrestling for his cardiovascular fitness.

He was eliminated by The Rock at Royal Rumble and started competing for the WWF Hardcore and No Way Out and was lost to Kane in a Triple Threat match, including Raven at Wrestlemania X-Seven.

Big Show was the first man to be eliminated from the Survivor Series and he was drafted to the RAW Brand after Wrestlemania X8. In addition, he was traded to SmackDown in 2002 and he defeated Brock Lesner becoming two-time WWE Champion and later lost the title to Kurt Angle.

CAPTION: Big Show Vs. Brock Lesner SOURCE: SciFighting

Big Show defeated Mr. America, Brock Lesner, and Kurt Angle and was Hulk Hogan's last appearance as Mr. America. John Cena won the Title of United States Championship from Show at Wrestlemania. He got injured in the match against Angle and was out of tv for several months.

In the weeks leading up to the match, he claimed to have " lost his dignity" when Angle reassured him with a dart gun in the middle of the ring and shaved his head on the SmackDown. Fifth Anniversary Show. At WrestleMania 21 Big Show lost against Akebono.

RAW Drafted Big Show in the 2005 WWE Draft lottery and successfully won against Gene Snitsky and also both played a match at Unforgiven. In the match, Snitsky was defeated and later in Street Fight in 26th September Snitsky was again defeated.

In the Taboo Tuesday, Big Show fought alongside Kane against Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch for the World Tag Team Championship. In the 14th episode of Raw, Big Show and Kane defeated SmackDown! Wrestlers and reigning MNM WWE Tag Team Champions in a non-title match between brands.

Rey Mysterio and Show played against each other on November 29th Smackdown Special and Kane's interference results in no-win. The Undertaker chased Show and Kane from the ring as they were playing against Ray. The show was disqualified from the WWE Championship after he lost to Shawn Michaels.

Big Show was defeated by Triple H at the New Year's Revolution. After having six-defeats, Big Show teamed with Kane against Carlito and Masters and won the game. Later that evening they both lost the World Tag Team Championship to Spirit Squad.

Big Show was drafted by the ECW Brand on June 7th and won his first match against Randy Orton. After defeating Van Dam, Show won the ECW World Heavyweight Championship and he became the first wrestler to win WWE Championship, ECW Heavyweight and WCW World Heavyweight.

He also played against John Cena at Cyber Sunday and lost the match and also lost the Survivor Series. On February 8, 2007, his contract expired with ECW.

Big Show entered WWE replacing Jerry Lawler at the PMG Clash of Legends and he removed the name Big Show instead preferred to be called "The Great Wight".

Returning to WWE

Big Show returned to WWE on 2008, February 17 and his nose was broken by boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. after he challenged Big Show during a match with Edge. Show defeated CM Punk, John Morrison, Chavo Guerrero, and Tommy Dreamer in a match in Singapore Cane at the One Nightstand. Moreover, he interfered many of the Undertaker's matches on SmackDown and won against Undertaker at No Mercy.

On 13 April, the Big Show was drawn up as part of the 2009 WWE draft for the Raw brand. He won against Kofi Kingston at the Night Of Champions winning six-pack challenge. Big Show received his title shot in a triple match against The Undertaker and Jericho in the Survivor Series, but the Undertaker retained his title successfully.  The show was drafted back to Smackdown in the 2010 WWE Draft.

On the 8th October episode of SmackDown, the Big Show was made the captain of the SmackDown team for Bragging rights. During the match, Big Show was counted with Sheamus, but his team eventually won with Edge and Rey Mysterio left in the team.

He took part in the Elimination Chamber match, eliminating Wade Barrett before being eliminated by Kane. In the following weeks, Big Show feuded with The Corre. Big Show and Kane played many matches in Smackdown and Wrestlemania together.  

Show returned and became the number one contestant for the World Heavyweight Championship on the 7th episode of SmackDown, after attacking Mark Henry and chokeslamming him through the TV channel. Henry was defeated by Show for the World Heavy Weight and he recorded the shortest-ever World Heavyweight Championship reign, 45 seconds.

Big Show failed to regain World Heavyweight at the Elimination Chamber after being eliminated by Cody Rhodes. He became the 24th wrestler winning Triple Crown Championship and also the 12th Grand Slam Champion in WWE. He was fired for doing mimicry of General Manager John Laurinaitis but was later re-signed.

Big Show earned World Heavyweight for the second-time after defeating Sheamus at Hell in a Cell. Show defended its title against Alberto Del Rio in the 28th episode of SmackDown, but the match ended in a no contest after Sheamus interfered and attacked Show. 

Later, he lost his title to Del Rio after 72 days rule. On Smackdown's March 1 episode Show Knocked Roman Reigns. The Shield defeat Show, Orton, and Sheamus at WrestleMania 29. After a brief hiatus, he returned on the Raw's June 1st episode, knocked out The Miz and confronted Intercontinental Champion Ryback.

He was the opponent of the Brock Lesner for WWE Network. In the Royal Rumble, he defeated Heath Slater. Big Show was also the part of main-event and also among the survivors of the 16-man elimination tag team match. Later, he was drafted to Raw on 2016 WWE Draft. Big Show started to compete mainly on the live event circuit instead of Raw and SmackDown, as WWE officials wanted to concentrate on the new era of WWE programming.

Besides in his wrestling career, he played against many famous players. The Big Show helped The Bar to retain the titles while the referee was distracted after performing a KO punch on a Big E prone at the Crown Jewel event.

Since November 2018, he has not appeared due to him suffering a hamstring injury.

Other Media

Former NASCAR drivers Kenny Wallace and Scott Wimmer, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Elliott Sadler, retired crew chief turned Fox Sports Channel Jeff Hammond, and 2002, 2005 and 2011 Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart and the Big Show were featured in Stacker 2 infomercials.

Moreover, he played various music videos like Thong Song and also appeared in various game shows. In addition to professional wrestling, Paul has appeared in feature films and TV series like Jingle All the Way, The Waterboy, Star Trek: Enterprise and two comedy-dramas of the USA Network, Royal Pains, Psych, and the action drama Burn Notice.

Besides, he is also the lead actor for Knucklehead, a comedy film by WWE Studios.

Facts About Big Show

  • Birthdate: February 8, 1972
  • Birthplace: Aiken, South Carolina
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Current Wife: Bess Katramados
  • Salary: $1 million
  • Net worth: $30 million
  • Profession: Professional wrestler and actor
  • Children: Three children
  • Chest size: 60 inch
  • Waist size: 40 inch
  • Biceps size: 26 inch
  • Eye color: Hazel Grey
  • Finishing move/ Slam: Chokeslam
  • Real name:  Paul Donald Wight Jr.
  • Nickname: The Giant, Big Show
  • Ethnicity: White
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