Big Show Speaks On Bad Business With WWE, TNA, More
Paul "Big Show" Wight appeared on Live Audio Wrestling this weekend. Here are the highlights:
- Wight said he was pretty much banged up when he left WWE. He said the hardcore wrestling took years off his career.
- He said he has conquered his diet, and has lost 70 pounds. He has cut out carbohydrates, and is doing cardio training.
- Wight said he was having trouble sleeping when he weighed over 500 pounds, but is doing much better after losing weight.
- “Mentally I was fried,” said Wight.
- He said at times, all you are is a piece of meat for the writers and promoters. He brought up his match with Akebono where he basically wrestled in a diaper.
- Career highlights include working with Randy Savage, Sting, Lex Luger, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Steve Keirn, Undertaker, Steve Austin, The Rock, and Mick Foley.
- Memorable feuds to Wight include working with Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle.
- He said he was low-balled by WWE when his contract expired. He said he was making seven figures, and they offered high a high six figure deal without bonuses or added benefits.
- He said he leased a 45 foot tour bus in the last two years as he couldn’t fit into most rental cars.
- Wight said the non-talent contract offered by WWE was a “put me off the shelf, pay me, shut up money.”
He said he was insulted by the offer.
- He said the bamboo used in the Punjabi prison match was made of steel, and it hurt like heck working inside the structure.
- “I don’t know,” when asked about his future. He said he is just chilling at home.
- Wight said he hasn’t been approached by TNA. He feels they are respecting him by letting him rest up.
- He feels WWE blocking Jerry Lawler from working the Hulk Hogan match was a business decision, trying to prevent Memphis Wrestling from growing.
- On the Hogan front, Wight said McMahon “has a real boner for Terry.”
- Wight said he was first approached about doing a match with Hogan at Wrestlemania last October, but the match didn’t materialize. He feels on 4/27, they can do the match they want to do.
- He said he doesn’t think Hogan wants to wrestle him night after night on a farewell tour.