"I was so big, I ate my parents...The Big Show
is a professional wrestler
currently working for WWE
. His real name is Paul Wight, although you'd best not call him that
. Earning his name at 7'1" (216 cm) tall and 440 pounds (200 kg), he's billed as the "World's Largest Athlete", has been with WWE
since 1999 and had worked in WCW
as The Giant before that. (He was even billed as the son of André the Giant
, though there's no relation.) His title is not just for show, as he's one of the most athletic "giant" professional wrestlers. He is a 2x WCW World Heavyweight Champion
, a 2x WCW World Tag Team Championnote
, a 2x WWE Champion
, a 2x WWE World Heavyweight Champion
, a 3x WWE World Tag Team Championnote
, a 3x WWE Tag Team Championnote
and a 1x WWE ECW Heavyweight Champion
Not related to Our Wights Are Different
.The Other Wiki
has a good writeup about his life and career.
"WEEEELLL, WELL IT'S THE BIG TROPES! IT'S THE BIG BAD TROPES TONIGHT!":
- Actor Existence Failure: Averted. The Big Show was born with acromegaly, the same disorder that made (and ultimately killed) André the Giant (hence why he was billed as André's son in WCW). Pituitary gland surgery when he was a teenager stopped his out-of-control growth.
- Arch-Enemy: (in WCW): Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Sting; (in WWE): The Undertaker, Kane, John Cena, The Corre, Mark Henry, Daniel Bryan. Cody Rhodes for their WrestleMania feud and match. Recently has included Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio. Now his main archenemies are the Authority before he willingly joined them.
- Badass Beard
- Bald of Awesome: From 2004 when Kurt Angle shaves his head and been bald ever since. So to remind him why he dislikes said guy
- Bash Brothers: (in WCW): "The Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan, Lex Luger, Sting; (in WWE): The Undertaker, Kane, Chris Jericho
- Bears Are Bad News: His current logo.
- Berserk Button: Mention his 45-second World Championship reign around him. Go on. I dare you.
- Big Beautiful Man: Apparently.
- Big Damn Heroes: He showed up on October 14, 2013 of Raw to help Cody Rhodes and Goldust fight The Shield and win their Tag Team Champions. As Triple H came out later and raged at him, Show then led the crowd into chanting "YES!" after the former forbade anyone to do.
- Big Fun: In real life, he's a funny guy. In 2000 and 2001, he impersonated other wrestlers (i.e. The Showster, or dressing up as DDP), and he has memorable cameos in The Waterboy and Jingle All the Way.
- The Big Guy: As a face.
- Bigger Stick: In a chairs match against Sheamus, Show pulled out possibly the largest steel chair ever used in a WWE match. It helped him win.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Unfortunately, Sheamus would use the same chair on Show the next day, almost costing Big Show his title.
- Boring but Practical: His Finishing Move, the WMD (Weapon of Mass Destruction) is...a punch. But if you've seen the size of the guy's hands (which Jim Ross has compared to catcher's mitts), you'd probably buy someone not being able to get up for a while after he hits them in the jaw.
- Broken Tears: When John Laurinaitis fired Show.
- Bullying a Dragon: JBL compares opponents who tease and taunt Show to poking a bear.
- Butt Monkey: Even as a heel (when he's supposed to be more intimidating in theory), most of his feuds seem to involve him being trolled and/or bullied by another superstar.
- The Brute/Evil Is Bigger: As a heel.
- The Chew Toy: Has gone through some pretty messed up angles during his time with WWE. Seems like most of his time not spent as a monster heel is spent being humiliated by something or someone. Cody Rhodes sort of lampshades this during their feud for the Intercontinental Title.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Most of his Face Heel Turns (and there have been quite a few of them) come from directly betraying supposed friends or teammates in the middle of matches. That betrayal usually comes in the form of a punch to the face.
- Continuity Nod: During the Smackdown after Vengeance 2011 (in which Mark Henry superplexed him to destroy the whole ring), he came out to the ring and sheepishly says "I did it again!" All while all the commentators (especially Michael Cole, who was at the first incident) are trying to claim that they've never seen anything like it. Perhaps if they watched the recently released "Shocking Moments" DVD.
- Create Your Own Villain: Big Show certainly had a small habit of this in 2011. First, during his feud with Alberto Del Rio, he had a match on Smackdown against the already angry and motivated World's Strongest Man Mark Henry, during which he repeatedly Knockout Punched Henry to the point he had to be stretchered out. No wonder Henry went absolutely Ax-Crazy into full-on Scary Black Man territory. Then during Big Show's revenge-for-revenge return feud against Henry later that year, when Henry started having issues with Money in the Bank winner Daniel Bryan, Show was the one who prodded Bryan to cash in against Henry and thus break his promise to wait for the next WrestleMania (although Henry's attacks certainly helped that along). Bryan would try twice against Henry, the first not even getting off the ground and the second being a false alarm. Third time would be the charm…against Big Show himself. Cue Show's dubious distinction of being the shortest-reigning world champion in history and Bryan's recent case of Acquired Situational Narcissism…and dick moves.
- David Versus Goliath: Due to the drastic size difference between him and everybody else, just about any feud he can get into will come off as this trope...and Big Show ain't David; that much is for certain.. That said, many of his feuds pit him against wrestlers that are even smaller than normal to accentuate just how much bigger he is than a normal person (a 'small' guy on the wrestling spectrum is usually at or perhaps slightly above the size of the average man)
- His match with Loch Ness in WCW, and his WWE matches with the Great Khali, Viscera/Big Daddy V, and probably Mark Henry would count as Goliath vs. Goliath.
- Death from Above:
- During his match with WCW World Heavyweight Champion "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan at NWO Souled Out in January 1997, he actually did a flying elbow drop from the freaking top rope. OHGODRUN. The problem was that this PPV was hosted by NWO heels Eric Bischoff and Ted DiBiase (Sr.), and they made no effort to put it over on commentary, as the idea of the show was to bury the regular WCW guys.
- He brought the top rope elbow back years later against Mark Henry.
- On occasions he'll try the Vader Bomb like drop from the second rope
- Defeat by Irony: The WMD-user was himself punched out by a brass-knuckle-using Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at WrestleMania XXIV.
- Determinator: There's a very good reason he's only been competed against in Last Man Standng matches twice in WWE history; it took chloroform, a beat-down from Test and a 40-plus-foot elbow drop for Shane McMahon to beat him the first time. The second time, it took Alberto Del Rio flinging a set of solid steel steps at him three times and dumping an entire announce table on top of him to keep him from getting up for the 10-count. Otherwise, it's nearly impossible to keep this giant down for long.
- Disproportionate Retribution/What the Hell, Hero?: Big Show destroying Jack Swagger's trophy collection. Sure, Jack Swagger was acting like an obnoxious jerk, but to destroy the man's life work may have been going too far.
- The Great Khali once gave him a feast and a goat as a present. Big Show responded by giving him the Knockout Punch.
- Averted with his actions toward Mark Henry; pretty much an eye for an eye...or, in this case, an ankle for an ankle.
- Really, Show, it probably wasn't necessary to knock out Alex Riley and Yoshi Tatsu just for making fun of you backstage.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: One of the Trope Namers (the other being Triple H).
- However, once appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and, at the end of the segment, Leno referred to him as "Paul 'The Giant' Wight".
- In the credits for The Waterboy, he was credited as "Paul 'The Giant' Wight."
- It should be noted that, upon his introduction to WWE in 1999, he was introduced as "Big Nasty" Paul Wight, and then as "Big Show" Paul Wight, before dropping his real name.
- The Dog Bites Back: He got real tired of being Triple H's mook and doing his business. This led to him getting fired, of course; this also led to him not being afraid of doing more harm, like making sure the tag team titles ended up in the hands of Cody Rhodes and Goldust.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: His exit from WCW happened when Eric Bischoff, who'd been temporarily demoted to ring crew, sabotaged the ring in such a way as to cost Show a match. After that he was kept off the air until his contract expired.
- Enemy Mine: Provokes this on the last Smackdown. After pulling a Screw This, I'm Outta Here! on a vengeful Alberto Del Rio. Sheamus and later the Smackdown roster comes out and attacks him.
- Ironically, he later forms one with Sheamus and Randy Orton to combat the Shield. He admits he hates both of them, but he hates the Shield more.
- Fan Nickname: The Big Slow, originally coined by The Rock.
- Pig Slow, according to Scott Keith, who has no room to talk.
- Finishing Move: Originally, it was the Chokeslam. It's currently the WMD/Knockout Punch.
- He also used a spinning headlock elbow drop that he called the Final Cut, and a legdrop takedown called the Showstopper.
- Flashback Within a Flashback: After weeks of Cody Rhodes playing Big Show's embarrassing WrestleMania moments on the Titantron, Big Show finally beats Rhodes at Wrestlemania XXVIII. On a subsequent RAW, Big Show comes out and plays a highlight of that match. The next week, Big Show shows a clip of himself showing the Wrestlemania clip from last week.
- Fleeting Demographic Rule: Hey, remember when Big Show was supersuplexed off the top rope by his opponent in which the ring broke? Now, are we talking his 2003 match with Brock Lesnar, or his 2011 match with Mark Henry?
- Friend to All Children: As a face. He usually picks one out of the front row of the crowd to give his skullcap.
- Fun with Acronyms: At the time Big Show went over to WWE, WCW was still in action - with both Thunder and WCW Saturday Night running on Turner station TBS.
- Gentle Giant: In Real Life, the guy is a big teddy bear. Sometimes, this appears in the ring or on camera (such as his cameo on SNL when the Rock hosted where, despite being a heel, he acted like a big goof.)
- The Giant: Well, duh. It was only his ring name in WCW. They still call him this by way of a pseudo-Red Baron in WWE, too. Incidentally, he used to wrestle in a fairly traditional manner and had to learn "giant wrestling" while in WWE.
- Giant Mook: Is often the obvious go-to guy for when a Power Stable needs one of these. This may be a partial reason for his constant tiptoeing through the Heel-Face Revolving Door.
- Graceful Loser: Despite Daniel Bryan cashing in Money In The Bank on him, he took it rather well. Of course, his goal was to take the title from Mark Henry as revenge, so he still won.
- Subverted. Mentioning the fact that he held the World Heavyweight Championship for all of a couple of minutes (in storyline, they exaggerate it a bit and say 45 seconds) after a 9-year drought...tends to get Show a bit irritated.
- Groin Attack: Sometimes become a victim of this because Big Show is just too strong for them if they don't play dirty, either from his opponent like Ric Flair here or just a cheating third party like Trish Stratus here. Most of the time, however, he appears to be keep his stand instead of crumple on the ring and still able to continue the match, unless his opponent is disqualified (which unfortunately often not for various reasons).
- He Also Did: Appeared as a character of the week on Burn Notice and Royal Pains.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Makes sense that he's tagged with Kane on multiple occasions; only Kane has gone through the door more times than Big Show over the last decade in the company.
- He was like this in WCW too. He started as a heel in the Dungeon of Doom, became even more of a heel when he switched to the NWO, became a face when the NWO kicked him out in early 1997, then went heel again by rejoining the NWO in mid-1998 and stayed that way until he left in early 1999.
- He hung around Lex Luger a lot in WCW, who has a long history of this.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Lampshaded by Show the night after TLC, explaining that he can't really complain about losing the World Title right after he won it, since he was the one to encourage Bryan to cash in the MITB briefcase before WrestleMania. Doesn't mean he's any less ticked about it, though...
- I Did What I Had to Do: His attitude toward his betrayals towards Cena.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: At Survivor Series 2014, he betrayed Team Cena because he thought Team Authority would win and he'd be fired. Ironically, Team Cena won and the Authority was stripped of their power. Needless to say, this made things the next night awkward.
- Incoming Ham: His theme music starts with "WEEELL, WELL IT'S THE BIG SHOW!"
- Jerkass: His Heel persona is much more effective than most giants - he takes the usual monster heel persona that most giants play as heels and adds a very liberal helping of smugness.
- Karma Houdini: Mark Henry takes him out for three months in retaliation for the Big Show constantly punching Mark Henry with his finisher move over and over and over and over again. Though when he returns, the Big Show is able to somehow seek revenge on Mark Henry and the whole thing about Big Show being the instigator of the entire thing is wiped from his history. So Big Show gets to be the innocent victim and his initial unprovoked violent attack on Mark Henry doesn't get a mention.
- To be fair Big Show warned Henry not to come into the ring but Henry came in anyway.
- Not to mention Mark Henry lost any kind of sympathy he would have garnered once he started making a habit of breaking people's ankles with chairs.
- Large Ham: His Heel-Face Turn in 2000 had him imitating various wrestlers a la the Blue World Order, climaxing with him dressing up as Hulk Hogan for Backlash.
- Oh my god, most of his recent promos, period.
- The Heel-Face Turn mentioned above came about as a result of a Saturday Night Live episode featuring The Rock as host and guest appearances from a variety of other WWF talent. Of all the wrestlers to appear, Show was the biggest ham by far (in more ways than one), and most viewers agreed he had stolen the show.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His brutal treatment of Kofi Kingston, Brodus Clay, Alex Riley, R-Truth, Santino Marella, and Zack Ryder in the weeks leading up to his match with John Cena came back to bite him in the backside when all six of them came to Cena's aid during the steel cage match to help Cena win.
- He betrayed Team Cena at Survivor Series 2014 because he thought they were going to lose...they didn't, and the Authority was powerless.
- Lightning Bruiser: At his best.
- Manly Tears: When he won the Intercontinental Title against Cody Rhodes at Wrestlemania 28. By itself, it wouldn't have been a big deal for someone of his tenure and accomplishments, but up to that point, Show had put together a spotty-at-best record at Wrestlemania (a fact brought up by Cody during the feud). Not to mention his win of the Intercontinental title made him a WWE Grand Slam Champion note , one of only twelve men to hold such an honor. note Given that, due to some of the belts being permanently retired, there are only four active wrestlers left that could possibly accomplish the feat (those being The Undertaker, who is short the Intercontinental Championship; William Regal, who needs the Heavyweight or WWE Championship; Mark Henry, who needs a tag team and Intercontinental champion; and R-Truth... yes, you read that right, he needs the Intercontenental and either the Heavyweight or WWE Championships), all four of them are over 40 and the only one that works a full-time schedule is the least likely to do it (R-Truthnote and has been largely a career midcarder), Show may well be the last one to accomplish the feat under the current rules.
- Megaton Punch: His current finisher.
- Mundane Made Awesome: A punch becomes the Weapon of Mass Destruction due to the size of his hands.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Had this reaction after bowling over AJ Lee in an attempt to chase Daniel Bryan.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero / Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: While he typically averts Does Not Know His Own Strength, every now and then Show will be so focused on destroying his opponent he'll accidentally throw himself under the bus. Prime example, his entrance into the WWE was interfering in a steel cage match to cost [[/"Stone Cold" Steve Austin Steve Austin]] the victory... Only to accidentally throw him against the side of the cage so hard it broke open and Austin landed on the outside.
- Oh, Crap: He reacted this way when Cody Rhodes dropkicked him off the apron in a tables match at Extreme Rules 2012 for the Intercontinental Championship Show won at Wrestlemania from Cody. His foot promptly proceeded to go through a table. The referee saw this and the victory went to Cody, along with the Championship. Show was not happy afterwards.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Had this towards Sheamus in their feud for the World Heavyweight Championship. He even prevented Ziggler from cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
- Papa Wolf: For the brief time he protected Joy Giovanni from JBL and The Cabinet.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He had some shades of this in his 2012-2013 WWE World Heavyweight Championship run, mocking Sheamus's and Del Rio's respective Irish and Hispanic heritages.
- Potty Emergency: Eddie Guerrero once gave The Big Show a tainted burrito as revenge for Big Show spitting in Eddie's. Later that night in the middle of a match, Big Show had to flee the ring clutching his butt to find a bathroom backstage, losing the match by a count-out. While he eventually did find a bathroom in time, Eddie walked in to inform the Big Show that he'd conveniently removed all of the toilet paper, and then kicked the door to Big Show's stall in.
- Power Stable:
- Put on a Bus: He was sent down to WWE's developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling, in 2000 to lose weight. This is why he was absent from WWE television for a good chunk of 2000 and from WWF No Mercy. The Bus Came Back at the Royal Rumble in 2001.
- Rage Quit/Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Did this during a tag team match not long after losing his last World Heavyweight Title. Alberto Del Rio threw a bucket of water into his face. Show's response was to fume for several seconds until finally going "screw it all" and just walking back up the entrance ramp. Since Show was actually the legal man in the match, he lost by countout.
- On the Raw before the Rumble, Show had a match against Zack Ryder, which he won decisively, and since it was announced he would be in Last Man Standing match against Alberto Del Rio, he did the whole, count to ten over the fallen victim thing, only he got five before the "What" chants annoyed/pissed him off enough, that he stopped counting and left the ring all together.
- Ramming Always Works: Uses the Spear as part of his moveset. Justified as he's, well, huge.
- Reality Ensues: Weaponized. When he got fired by the Authority after being blackmailed into being their minion for weeks...he sues them for wrongful termination and forces them to settle, exactly what would likely happen in that situation in real life.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After returning from injury at the hands of Mark Henry, he went on one of these, destroying everything and everyone in his path to get to him. He then proceeded to beat the living tar out of Henry and sent him through the announcer table in a berserker rage.
- Took it to the next level at Survivor Series 2011 where he KO'd Henry after the man low-blowed him to get the DQ and tried to break his leg again. Show then proceeded to wrap a chair around Henry's leg and leg-drop it, nearly breaking Henry's leg.
- And again on the 28/05/12 episode of Monday Night Raw when he annihilated Brodus Clay, R-Truth and Kofi Kingston at the end of the show. And on the June 1st episode of Smackdown he laid out Santino Marella and Zack Ryder. However, this backfired big time, when the those he had attacked intervened at No Way Out to prevent him from taking advantage of some outside interference by John Laurinaitis and winning the match, leading to his defeat.
- After weeks of being used as a chained dog for Triple H and Stephanie McMahon to boss around, he got back at them on October 6, 2013 Raw, by coming out to fight The Shield after being fired. And once he powered out of their triple powerbomb, he KO-Punched the boss.
- Self-Serving Memory: Claims that he betrayed John Cena at Over The Limit 2012 and turned heel as revenge for none of the fans or superstars giving him any support whatsoever over Laurinaitis firing him... when it was clearly not the case. In addition, he says John Cena didn't call Laurinaitis out for firing him...except that he did, rather bluntly. Trent Barreta lampshaded this selective forgetfulness in a Twitter post shortly after Show's first explanation.
- Spiritual Successor: To André the Giant. He was even pushed as Andre's son for a while.
- Strawman Has a Point: Pointing out the various things that happened after his firing, Brodus Clay's match that came, which was a massive Mood Whiplash, and that Cena was making jokes on top of it all. And whichever GM that would come after Laurinaitis might not hire him back, or Laurinaitis wouldn't do it either if he was victorious, and that's why he took the only offer that was given to him.
- Talk to the Fist: If you go after The Big Show with a steel chair, chances are he'll just punch it and send it flying back to hit you in the face. More than one opponent learned this the hard way. Also, he's fairly likely to shut up a chatty adversary by way of Megaton Punch to the jaw.
- Unrelated Father and Son: The Giant in WCW was supposed to be André the Giant's "son."
- Victorious Loser: At TLC 2011, Daniel Bryan cashed in the Money In The Bank on him, but Big Show still succeeded in getting the title away from Mark Henry, his main real goal.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Was given one by John Cena for helping John Laurinaitis win his match at Over The Limit.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In a storyline in which he got fired by WWE General Manager John Laurinaitis for making fun of Laurinaitis's voice. Even though he pleaded and cried in front of the entire world, no one seemed to show him sympathy or come to his defense. When he managed to return to WWE with an "ironclad contract," he used this opportunity to vent his rage on seemingly everyone else in the locker room. And when you weigh well over 400 pounds, who's going to stop you?
- The Worf Effect: Seems to happen a lot to him as a heel. In the weeks leading up to a big match, he's an unstoppable menace, slowed only by someone using a weapon - and sometimes not even then (see Talk to the Fist). In the actual match, he usually ends up doing the job.
- Subverted in his feud with Sheamus in 2012. Most people were figuring either he'd fail to win the title in their match at the Hell In A Cell pay per view (Show is generally seen nowadays as being the guy who people feud with when creative has nothing for them), or if he won, he'd swiftly drop it to a cashing-in Dolph Ziggler. Not only did Show win the match, he did so cleanly, with no cash in from Ziggler.
- World's Strongest Man: The World's Largest Athlete.
- Xanatos Gambit: His 2013 lawsuit against The Authority; they had to either rehire him with benefits or risk losing millions to him in court.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Got fired once he got tired of doing what Triple H wanted. And since he had nothing left to lose, he went on a rampage and invaded Raw on several occasions. Whoops.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Oh, dear lord, Alberto Del Rio...