The Big Show came into WWE in 1999 and he signed a huge contract. The former Giant in WCW has thrust into a main event spot and that caused some tension backstage.

While speaking to the Broken Skull Sessions, Big Show discussed how different it was coming to WWE. Then he went into some of the actual backstage tension that was caused after walking into the company and receiving top billing from the start.

“Even though a lot of things, I probably should have been more judicious on, and how I worked and the way I worked, I wasn’t prepared for any of that when I got to WWE. That’s why my transition was so hard because [WWE] guys were on a completely different level, completely different!”

“Well, I first started riding with Public Enemy,” Big Show remembered. “That’s how bad it was, with all due respect. But the top shelf guys weren’t talking to me. Rock was good to me. Rock was very nice to me. And Rock was doing his own thing and building himself was well. I was too lightning rod-hot in the locker room to be friends with. Do you know what I mean? And since I was a new guy, I was a big guy, I had gotten that big contract, all that stuff that pissed everybody off. It was difficult.”

Big Show was able to gain the locker room’s respect, but it took some work winning everyone over. The entire locker room wasn’t against Big Show at first, but he certainly sensed the resentment early on.

Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote

Felix Upton

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