Vince McMahon serves as a bit of a father figure to a lot of WWE talent backstage, and The Big Show is one of those Superstars.
Show got his start in the industry back in 1995 when he was signed by WWE's biggest competitors of all time, World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He was originally billed as being the son of WWE Hall Of Famer Andre The Giant, however, that was later dropped and Show went on to defeat Hulk Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He left WCW in 1999 and departed for WWE where he debuted at the St. Valentines Day Massacre: In Your House pay-per-view (PPV) in attempt to help Vince McMahon win his Steel Cage match against Stone Cold Steve Austin - but he was unsuccessful.
To this day The Big Show remains on the WWE roster as an active competitor and has proven to be one of the most reliable Superstars this industry has ever seen. He has racked up two WWE Championships, two World Heavyweight Championships, an ECW World Title, an Intercontinental Championship reign, one United States Title win, three Hardcore Championship wins, and eight Tag Team Title wins.
Ex-WWE executive and right hand man to Vince McMahon, Bruce Prichard, recently took to his podcast, Something To Wrestle With, to talk about Show's run through WWE. During the show, Prichard revealed that McMahon was at one point worried the big man would die young, like Andre The Giant, because he wasn't taking care of himself (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"The Big Show was immature at that time and he felt that he was a giant and just felt that he simply had to show up and be a giant and that was enough. And we needed more. We needed a working giant. We wanted a giant and an attraction that wanted to be on top and was willing to do whatever it took to get there."
"Big Show had his moments. Let's just say that. And there were times that The Big Show would try to endear himself to everyone and sometimes he would do more harm than good in his efforts. But Show did not come back in the best cardio shape, was really not working as hard as he could have to improve.
"If you want to improve, watch the best, and leaving early and doing things like that don't endear yourself. It doesn't endear yourself to the office. It doesn't endear yourself to the other talent.
"Vince was very concerned that if Show didn't take care of himself, he would die at a young age. He didn't want that to happen. He really wanted this guy to have a career and for him to be healthy because he already has one strike against him.
"He wasn't doing it and [Vince] felt like the only way [Big Show] would take it seriously is if we sent him back down to OVW."
"There wasn't any final straw. It was a combination of things and it was the effort over a few weeks with Big Show where we saw he came back not in shape [and] his cardio was horrible. You would get the lip-service, 'I'm eating healthy. I'm eating chicken breasts and dry pasta and salad and vegetables. I quit smoking.'
"And then, he'd be out by the [production] truck having a smoke with Krispy Kreme donuts." Prichard said, "Vince had just had it and it wasn't one match or one night or anything like that. It was a culmination of Show not being able to perform at the level we were looking for him to perform at."
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