Who Is the Big Show?
The Big Show’s real name is Paul Donald Wight II. He was born on February 8, 1972, in Aiken, South Carolina. He is an American actor and professional wrestler who is currently has a contract with WWE.
When he was young, he had acromegaly, an endocrine disease that causes a person’s pituitary gland to produce too much growth hormone. When he was 12, his height was 1.88m, his weight was 220 lbs, and he already had chest hair. When he was 19, he played basketball at Wichita State University. At that time, he was already 2.16m tall. Sometime in the early 1990s, he had surgery to stop his illness.
After completing his studies, the Big Show had various jobs, such as bounty hunting, answering calls, and bouncing. During his work, he came across Danny Bonaduce, who introduced him to Hulk Hogan. Hogan was impressed so he introduced the Big Show to Eric Bischoff, the vice president of the World Champion Wrestling. From there, the Big Show started his professional wrestling career.
Apart from being a famous WWE wrestler, the Big Show is also an actor. He has appeared in films like Star Trek: Enterprise and MacGruber. Furthermore, he is the main spotlight on The Big Show Show on Netflix. This film is a fictional version of his life, including his wife and daughters.
Who Are Big Show’s Wives?
The Big Show was married twice in his lifetime. Let’s get to know more about the women who were an important part of the wrestler’s life.
Melissa Ann Piavis ( February 1997 to February 2002)
The first wife of the Big Show was Melissa Ann Piavis. They met in 1995 and got married on valentine’s day in 1997. However, the got separated in 2000 and their divorce was finalized in February 2002. They have one daughter named Cierra Wight, who was born on October 2, 1997. Cierra went to the University of West Florida and currently graduate this year.
Melissa Ann Piavis was born on May 30, 1966. Before she became Big Show’s wife, she managed the wrestling team of her high school, Sprayberry High School, Georgia. She is also known to hold dual citizenship in Greece and the United States. According to her social media account, Melissa has remarried but there are no details of whom her husband is.
Bess Katramados (February 2002 to Present)
Just after five days of his divorce with Melissa, the Big Show married his second wife, Bess Katramados. She is a model, fitness trainer, promoter, and homemaker who lives in Miami, Florida. They have two children and have been together ever since.
Bess Katramados was born on July 13, 1970, in Ilinois. Before she met the Big Show, she was a model who landed contracts with small companies in her hometown. When she got married, she decided to become her husband’s personal trainer. Bess prefers to keep her personal life private and currently does not have a social media account.
Who Are Big Show’s Children?
Big Show has one daughter with his first wife Melissa Ann and two children with his second wife, Bess.
Cierra Wight was born on October 2, 1997, in Florida. She is the daughter of Paul Donald Wight II and Melissa Ann Piavis. She is now 21 years old and just graduated from the University of West Florida. She is now 21 years old and aspires to be a famous actress and wrestler. She does not have any social media accounts so there is only a little information about her. She has two half-siblings from her father’s second marriage.
His Children With Bess
The Big Show and Bess have two children – one son and one daughter. They do not share any information about their kids, even their names. There are pictures though in social media accounts showing Big Show with his children. In Netflix’s The Big Show Show, the names of his children are Lola, Mandy, and J.J.
Is The Big Show Retiring From Wrestling?
According to the Big Show, he has no plans of retiring any time soon. He continues to love his job and he said in an interview that he just signed a new contract and still has a few years left. However, he also stated that he will be reevaluating his career status by the end of 2020.
In his wrestling career, the Big Show has earned a lot of accomplishments. These include the following:
- 1996 Rookie of the Year in Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- 1996 Wrestler of the Year in Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Two-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion
- Three-time WCW World Tag Team Champion
- Two-time WWE Champion
- Three-time WWE Hardcore Champion
- WWE United States Champion
- WWE Intercontinental Champion
Furthermore, as of today, the Big Show has an estimated net worth of $20 million.