Paul Donald Wight II (age 49), also known by his ring name (The) Big Show, is an American wrestler, commentator, and actor.

He is signed as a commentator under his real name to a web television show, AEW Dark: Elevation.

He’s also working as an in-ring performer for All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

He is well known by the ring name (The) Big Show for his time with WWE (the World Wrestling Federation) and by the name, The Giant with WCW (World Championship Wrestling).

He is 7 feet tall and weighs 230 kgs.

Early life

Paul was born in Aiken, South Carolina on 8 Feb 1972. He was born with a disease that causes accelerated growth called acromegaly.

At the age of 12, his height was 6 feet 2 inches, weighed around 100 kgs and he also had chest hair.

In the early 1990s, he underwent a successful surgery on his pituitary gland. In high school, he played basketball and American football.

He continued to play basketball at Wichita State University. 

Career

Paul began his career in 1994 and by 1995, he was signed with WCW.

Initially, he was known by the name André the Giant and then his ring name The Giant. He then joined the WWF after leaving WCW.

He is a seven-time world champion and two-time winner of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, two-time winner of WWF/WWE Championship, one-time winner of ECW World Heavyweight Championship, and two-time winner of WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship. 

Paul has also appeared in feature films and television series like Star Trek: Enterprise, Jingle All the Way, The Waterboy, and also in a comedy-drama Royal Pains and the action-drama Burn Notice.

He had played a lead role in the Netflix sitcom, The Big Show Show.

When he used to do a morning radio show, he met Danny Bonaduce in a live microphone amateur contest, and Danny introduced him to Hulk Hogan.

Hogan worked with Paul and quite liked the way he worked with crowds.

He recommended Paul to the WCW’s vice president, Eric Bischoff.

Paul went to the Horizon show, where he met his boyhood hero Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Paul Orndorff. He also met Bischoff and struck a deal with him. 

For the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Hulk Hogan, Paul made his in-ring debut at Halloween Havoc.

However, we won the match with the credits of Jimmy Hart, Hogan’s manager, who turned on him.

Giant asked Hogan for a World Heavyweight Championship title match after he won the battle royal at World War 3.

For this, On December 30, Paul was thrown out of nWo. He won the WCW World Tag Team Championship twice, he fought against the nWo. 

On his 27th birthday, he allowed his contract with WCW to expire; this was after he was not given a salary hike even after requesting Eric.

Before this, in the Monday Night War feature from the WWE Network, he was attacked by the entire nWo.

In 1999, he signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation for ten years. 

In WWF, after WrestleMania, he turned a gimmick and started to make fun of Rikishi as Showkishi, Val Venis as The Big Showbowski, and The Berzerker as Shonan the Barbarian.

He also defeated Kurt Angle dressed like Hulk Hogan.

However, he was defeated by Shane at Judgement day in a Falls Count Anywhere match, however it was interfered with by Bull Buchanan.

He was also eliminated by The Rock after his return to the Royal Rumble. He was also defeated by Kane in a Triple Threat match. At Survivor Series, he was a part of the victorious Team WWF, and also was the first man eliminated. 

For the WWE United States Championship, he defeated Eddie Guerrero, at No Mercy.

At the Royal Rumble, he teamed up with Brock Lesnar, and afterward, he had to face elimination by Chris Benoit at Royal Rumble.

John Cena also defeated him at WrestleMania XX for the United States Championship. After a fight with Kurt Angle, Big Show had to go through surgery and was neither seen nor heard from again in WWE. 

In an episode of Raw, he defeated Edge. At Taboo Tuesday, he teamed with Kane and defeated Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, for the World Tag Team Championship.

He became involved in the rivalry between Raw and Smackdown. With his new partner Kane, he invaded a Smackdown episode and attacked Batista, which caused him an injury. 

Personal life

Paul got married to Melissa Ann Piavis in February 1997. However, he got divorced in February 2002.

The couple has a daughter together.

Then, he married Bess Katramados in the same month he got divorced and they both have two children.

For many years, he has been a constant supporter of the Special Olympics. In Los Angeles, he was also named WWE Goodwill Ambassador for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

He also participated in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games.

Controversy

In December 1998, Memphis Police Department arrested Paul for allegedly exposing himself to a female employee. However, due to insufficient evidence, the charge was dropped. 

In 1999, Robert Sawyer charged him with assault at Marriott Hotels & Resorts in New York.

Paul claimed that he took the action in his self-defense, and the judge delivered the verdict of not guilty.

Birth namePaul Donald Wight II
BornFebruary 8, 1972 (age 49)
ResidenceTampa, Florida, U.S.
SpousesMelissa Piavis
​(m. 1997; div. 2002)​
Bess Katramados
(m. 2002)
Children3
Ring name(The) Big Show
The Giant
Billed height7 ft 0 in (213 cm) – 7 ft 2 in (218 cm)

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