• WWF Legend Didn’t Like His New Ring Name Given To Him By Vince McMahon At First
During a recent interview on ‘Insight With Chris Van Vilet’, Old School WWF Attitude Era Legend The Big Show talked about the origins of his famous WWF/WWE name, which he didn’t like at first when Vince McMahon gave it to him.
Here’s what Paul Wight said:
“That was Vince. When I first came into WWE I was Paul Wight, you know? And I just don’t think Vince liked the spelling of my name or liked my name. I mean, what would Vince know about marketing, you know what I mean?
He walked by me one day and he goes ‘So how’s The Big Show today?’. I go ‘I’m good but who the hell is The Big Show?’. He goes ‘You! You can walk, you can talk, you’re an athlete. You’re The Big Show.’
But I do think back then it was the Attitude [Era], it was the Monday Night Wars. ‘The Big Show,’ also TBS. So you know, there’s a lot that went into it. And that’s okay.
I mean, over the years, just like anything, if you do it long enough, it’s all in what you do and you can make it your own. Just as, as uncomfortable as it was to be known as The Big Show for so many years, and I’m grateful for that opportunity.
Now to rebrand, to restart as myself, it’s a little hard. Because I mean, I have a great Big Show autograph. My real autograph is good, but I don’t want to put my real signature out there for document forging. Next thing you know, I’ll end up owning a bunch of timeshares in the Bahamas or something.
But you know, right now I’m just trying to figure out that new identity. And for once, I actually have a little bit of input on my character. So hopefully it won’t be as schizophrenic as it was the past four decades, heel one day, babyface the next.”
The 7-foot-tall athlete first wrestled for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as The Giant from 1995 until he left and joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1999 and became known as The Big Show.
He left the (renamed) WWE in 2007 but returned the next year in 2008 and stayed loyal to the company until he left for Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling in 2021.
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (November 14, 2004) – WWE Survivor Series 2004
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on November 14, 2004, World Wrestling Entertainment aired ‘WWE Survivor Series 2004’ LIVE on PPV from the Gund Arena at Cleveland, Ohio.
The PPV theme song of this dual brand (WWE RAW & WWE SmackDown!) pay-per-view was “Ugly” by the band ‘The Exies’.
Here are the results:
4-Way – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Spike Dudley (c) defeated Billy Kidman, Chavo Guerrero and Rey Mysterio
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Shelton Benjamin (c) defeated Christian
Survivor Series elimination match: Big Show, Eddie Guerrero, John Cena & Rob Van Dam defeated Carlito, Kurt Angle, Luther Reigns & Mark Jindrak
The Undertaker defeated Heidenreich
WWE Women’s Championship: Trish Stratus (c) defeated Lita by DQ
WWE Championship: John “Bradshaw” Layfield (c) defeated Booker T
Survivor Series elimination match: Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Maven & Randy Orton defeated Batista, Edge, Gene Snitsky & Triple H