Weight: 425 lbs.
From: Tampa, Fla.
Signature Move: Chokeslam; KO Punch; Colossal Clutch
Career Highlights: World Heavyweight Champion; WWE Champion; ECW World Champion; WCW Champion; World Tag Team Champion; WWE Hardcore Champion; United States Champion; WWE Tag Team Champion; Intercontinental Champion
Reminiscent of such goliaths as Andre the Giant and Big John Studd, Big Show is a feared competitor who intimidates opponents with his size and stare alone. The World’s Largest Athlete’s measurements are astounding. He weighs 441 pounds, stands a mighty 7-feet tall, wears a 22 EEEEE size shoe and boasts a 64-inch chest. It’s no surprise then that his in-ring debut left a crater-sized impression on the likes of Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair in WCW, where the young giant captured the WCW Championship on two occasions, along with the WCW Tag Team Championship.
In 1999, Show emerged as a global star upon signing with WWE, where he collided with Superstars of great acclaim and captured a slew of titles, including the WWE Championship. From “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock to The Undertaker and Triple H, there’s no top name in the business who hasn’t succumbed to the man’s battering ram of a fist. He’s even gone toe-to-toe with world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., who only managed to clean Show’s clock at WrestleMania XXIV with the aid of brass knuckles.
On a lighter note, The World’s Largest Athlete happens to be the world’s largest fan of the Rat Pack. He’s also an expert auto mechanic and owns a 64-foot yacht dubbed “Showdaddie.” And unlike the giants before him, Big Show harbors a sense of humor, which he put on full display in WWE Studios’ 2010 theatrical release, “Knucklehead.”
Yet make no mistake, Show, the first man to capture the WWE, WCW and ECW Championships, is still more proficient at delivering punches than punchlines. At 2011’s Vengeance, he unleashed a devastating half-ton superplex on Mark Henry, which not only shook the ring to its core, but also caused it to implode. Now that’s high impact. At WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2011, Show captured his first World Heavyweight Championship and won the Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania XXVIII, marking another first for WWE’s giant.
Big Show has become a tool of intimidation for The Authority. At WWE Fastlane, Big Show won a Six-Man Tag Team Match with Seth Rollins & Kane, after clobbering Dolph Ziggler with a flying KO Punch. The World's Largest Athlete also saved Rollins from an attack at the hands of a returning Randy Orton! On the March 9 Raw, however, dissension crept between The Authority’s monsters when Big Show & Kane fell to Ryback & Erick Rowan after The World’s Largest Athlete accidentally KO Punched Kane. The mistake led to a heated argument, which Stephanie McMahon quashed by chastising both Superstars and sending them home for the night. The following week, Big Show and Kane teased that they were turning their back on Seth Rollins, only for the two monsters to stand by their Authority teammate as he went face to face with Randy Orton. This attack did not go as planned however, as The Viper was joined by Sting as the two fought back against The Authority.
And then, during an action-packed WrestleMania Kickoff show, Big Show realized a defining WrestleMania moment by winning the second annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal! Despite that huge milestone, The World's Largest Athlete fell to Roman Reigns in a Last Man Standing Match at Extreme Rules.
After a brief absence, Big Show returned to WWE to face Ryback for the Intercontinental Championship at WWE Money in the Bank. Show won the match (but not the title) via disqualification after outside interference from The Miz, further escalating his rivalry with The Big Guy. The following night on Raw, Show suckered Miz in with a fake injury during their match, then went to town in a hurry. After Show tossed Miz into Ryback’s lap at commentary, however, Miz seized his opening while the two big men argued and escaped with a count-out win. On the June 22 edition of Raw, Big Show sat at commentary while Ryback defeated Mark Henry and then came up on the wrong end of a backstage confrontation with The Big Guy. The World's Largest Athlete will clash with Miz and Intercontinental Champion Ryback for the title at WWE Battleground, live on WWE Network on July 19 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT!
Still in possession of the world’s largest mean streak, Big Show remains a monstrous threat. Best of luck to anyone who crosses his path.