Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Big Show’s Night of Highs and Lows

The Big Show’s Night of Highs and Lows
Within minutes of watching Drew McIntyre take down Brock Lesnar to win the WWE title during the WrestleMania 36 Night 2 main event, The Big Show (Paul Wight II) was all up in McIntyre’s face.

He was looking for an immediate shot at the title McIntyre had just claimed with a gritty match that saw him pin Lesnar for his long awaited title.

As it turns out, The Big Show got his wish. He got his shot the following night on Monday Night Raw. For a while, it looked like McIntyre’s reign as champion would last less than 24 hours. In the spirit of a real champion, McIntyre came roaring back to put The Big Show on his backside with a Claymore to pin him in the new champ’s first successful title defence. What Indiana gambling enthusiast saw this sequence of events coming?

After 19 years of slowly climbing the rungs towards a WWE belt, McIntyre had succeeded in not only getting his belt, but he wasted two of wrestling’s biggest giants in the process. For The Big Show, his disappointment was very clear as he left the ring.

In retrospect, the loss might have had something to do with The Big Show’s mind being elsewhere. That’s not an attempt to minimize McIntyre’s gargantuan effort to retain the title, but something else was going on in The Big Show’s life on that very night.

April 6 was the night of the premiere of The Big Show’s new Netflix sitcom “The Big Show Show.” The new sitcom, starring Wight as, you guessed it, a superstar wrestler with three daughters to raise, has been a work in process for years.

In a same day interview given to Denise Salcedo of Instinct Culture, Wight reflected on how it came to be that on a night he was defeated in the ring, he would also triumph as a new sitcom star. He told Salcedo:

"To be honest I am very humbled, and super grateful. This is an opportunity that I have driven the powers that be at WWE crazy for years. Well over 10 years I have been driving Vince {McMahon} nuts about – ‘I need a family comedy, I can do this, I am funny, it shows my best characteristic points that I don’t ever get to show in my character on WWE TV but my personality can come through more and if we can get a vehicle like that, it can do well.’ And then the partnership came up with Netflix and Vince was like ‘I’ve got the perfect guy.’… I was dumbfounded because I had about a ten minute phone call with Vince and he’s a busy dude and he and I have a great relationship and a lot gets said with very few words. And {he said}, ‘I’ve got this opportunity for you, this is the opportunity you’ve been looking for and I know you won’t let me down. Goodluck.’ And that was that."

By all indications, Wight could be spending more time as a TV dad and less time touring the country as a superstar WWE wrestler. To date, The Big Show Show already has eight episodes in the can with discussions about season two already underway.