The Big Show debuted on top of WCW. He learned while getting a huge spotlight in front of millions of people. When he made it to WWE The Undertaker realized how much work The Giant needed.
While speaking with Sports Illustrated, The Big Show discussed his early career in WWE. He was able to work with some great people in WCW, but things were much different once he jumped to Vince McMahon’s company.
“It was a lot different in WCW, which had guaranteed contracts. WWE was a shark tank, it was competitive. It wasn’t a locker room where everyone went to Chipotle after the show together. People legitimately didn’t like each other.”
“I was so young in WCW, I was 22, 23 years old at the beginning. The only other young guy was Alex Wright. Macho, Hulk, Flair, Paul Orndorff, they were all in their 40s or older. It was like I was everybody’s kid brother. And I made a lot of mistakes back then. My real training happened when I got to work with Undertaker.”
The Big Show got quite a training regiment from The Undertaker. After each of their matches The Dead Man would go over everything they did in meticulous fashion. This included Big Show getting his ass chewed out on a regular basis.
“I used to come through the Gorilla position after a match against Undertaker on our live tours, and Undertaker would be there waiting for me. He’d wave me over with that crooked finger, and he’d chew out my ass for the next 15 minutes.”
“This happened night after night. It seemed like I couldn’t do anything right, no matter what I tried. And I’m a little more hard-headed than most, so it took me a while, but a lot of the lessons I learned from Undertaker put me in a position now where I can help a lot of people not make the same mistakes I made.”
The Undertaker might have chewed Big Show’s ass over things he needed to do differently in the ring. That learning process was extremely beneficial to help The Big Show become the shoo-in WWE Hall Of Famer he is today.