Paul Wight used to be known as Big Show in WWE and was always a highlight on Vince McMahon’s television product, for one reason or the other. Wight spent more than twenty years there before he decided to make his take his skills to AEW back in 2021. Many fans also feel that The Big Show was not given the respect he deserves in WWE for many years. That being said, it seems Ross believes WWE overexposed The Big Show.

Despite his successful career in WWE, The Big Show was often made a joke due to Vince McMahon turning him into a heel or babyface at the most random of times with no logical reasoning behind it. This was very apparent during his storyline with The Authority back in 2013.

The Attitude Era of the WWE was known for its shocking moments, and the debut of Big Show at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre pay-per-view in 1999 was no exception. Fans were naturally shocked to see such a behemoth making his debut back then.

While speaking on the Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross talked about The Big Show’s run in WWE. Good Ol’ JR stated that he believes WWE overexposed The Big Show in a big way. Ross believed that Big Show was an attraction, much like Andre the Giant, and should have been kept special and unique to maintain his appeal.

Despite these concerns, Ross acknowledged that Big Show’s debut was a calculated risk that paid off. By keeping the audience guessing about who might show up, WWE created a sense of excitement and unpredictability that kept fans engaged. The surprise appearance of Big Show was a prime example of this, and it provided a dramatic ending to the steel cage match between Steve Austin and Vince McMahon.

”Well, I thought at the end of the day over the years that we didn’t do a great job of managing Big Show’s career. I thought we overexposed him, bottom line. He was an attraction. He was our Andre, that was the intended direction to go in. But I didn’t think we did an overall start to finish great job and how we utilised Big Show. I just, too much, we didn’t keep him special, we didn’t keep him unique, and I thought that was a big mistake at the end of the day. So, but it’s a calculated risk, and also says to a pay-per-view consumer, you never know what’s going to happen.

They had a surprise, they have Big Show come out there. Well, we didn’t know he was even going to be there. So that’s kind of the theory behind that is that when you watch a WWE pay-per-view, you just really never know what’s going to happen, who’s going to show up. That was the theory behind Big Show debuting that night. And it was a good out for Steve to win the match without climbing over the top of the cage with those bad knees and all that stuff. So I thought that was a decent finish actually.”

Vince McMahon even pranked The Big Show on live television in a Santa Claus segment. Triple H also allegedly did not want to put The Big Show over during WWE events. Wight is currently working in AEW, and he couldn’t be happier there, as it truly feels like home for him.

Did you like The Big Show in WWE? Do you feel he deserved better in the company? Sound off in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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