Paul Donald Wight II is an American actor, professional wrestler, and professional wrestling commentator. He is signed to All Elite Wrestling as an in-ring performer as well as a commentator for its forthcoming web television show, AEW Dark: Elevation.
Paul Donald Wight II was born on February 8th of 1972 in Aiken, South Carolina. Early in Paul's youth, it became clear that the boy was suffering from acromegaly, an endocrine disorder. As a result of this disorder, Paul reached the height of 6'2 by the age of 12. By the time he was 19, he had grown to a height of 7'1. In the early 90s, he underwent surgery on his pituitary gland to correct the disorder. This halted the progress of his condition, and it limited the amount of growth he would experience in the future.
During his high school years, Wight played football and basketball. He was a talented center on the basketball court and a tight end on the football field. After a dispute with the football coach, Paul quit the team to become a cheerleader. He later called this "the greatest experience of his life." After graduating from high school, Wight attended Wichita State University. During his college years, Paul played basketball for Wichita State and later Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
While still a student, Wight worked a number of odd jobs. These included bouncing, bounty hunting, and answering phone calls. One of these jobs allowed Wight to meet Hulk Hogan, who promptly recommended Paul to the WCW. After meeting Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Paul Orndorff, Wight signed a deal with the WCW. He also tried to sign a deal with the WWF, although he was turned away due to lack of experience. When Big Show made his first appearance in the WCW, the WWF immediately recognized their mistake, regretting the decision to turn him down.
Wight was first billed as the son of Andre the Giant during his first appearances with the WCW in the mid-90s. He also started using the ring name The Giant during this period. One of his first matches was against Hulk Hogan. A number of Battle Royale and cage matches further cemented Big Show's reputation. Until the late 90s, Big Show was a notable member of the New World Order team.
In 1999, Wight signed a 10-year contract with the WWF. He made his debut against Steve Austin and subsequently served as Vince McMahon's enforcer. His first appearance as "Big Show" came during Wrestlemania XV. During the early 2000s, Big Show became known for impersonating other wrestlers. It was during this period that he started winning championships for the first time. However, Wight struggled with his cardiovascular fitness and weight. Eventually, Big Show became an integral part of the Raw brand. After substantial hiatus, Wight returned to the WWE in 2008. Over the next few years, he continued to win championships. Today, Big Show appears only on a part-time basis on WWE.
Big Show is an American professional wrestler and actor who has a net worth of $16 million.