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Big Show On If No Way Out 2008 Punches By Floyd Mayweather Were Legitimate Or Kayfabed

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At the WWE No Way Out pay-per-view on February 17th 2008, WWF Attitude Era Legend The Big Show (Paul Wight) returned after he was gone since late 2006 and was confronted by Boxing Champion Floyd Mayweather, who ended up punching the 7ft Giant in the face.

Those punches looked more than legitimate and Big Show was visibly busted open by them.

During a recent TalkSPORT interview, Paul Wight revealed that he had actually encouraged Floyd to genuinely attack him and told him to not hold back.

Here’s what Big Show had to say:

“I was upset until Shane McMahon stood in front of me because there was only about 15 or 20 seconds where, because of adrenaline and hot blood hitting the back of my throat because my nose was busted, that I was a little out of my mind.

I told Floyd ‘hey when you do this, run, because I’m half-nuts so if I get my hands on you…’.

Shane was the only one who came over, because Shane’s got balls bigger than anybody. I remember Shane coming over and saying ‘you ok? That was awesome!’. As only Shane could do.

Yeah [Floyd] left, he was like ‘nah I don’t want any part of it’. I remember he peeked in the dressing room, when he later returned, I said ‘man, good job’.

Then he relaxed. I think he got it and he was tremendous professionally to work with, because he is a showman and he understands the showmanship part of it.

At that time, the angle was so much fun because it’s really hard to do that Boxer vs. Wrestler angle that’s been done.

It’s an interesting dynamic and try to do it differently and also pull the fans in and make them excited. I thought the way that whole thing was done and the story we told it worked out.”

At the WrestleMania XXIV pay-per-view on March 30th 2008, Mayweather actually managed to defeat Big Show via knockout after 11 minutes and 40 seconds.

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