When WrestleMania rolls around the WWE loves to try and stack the show with as much mainstream attractions as possible, and 10 years ago they did just that by bringing in boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"Money" is arguably the greatest boxer to ever compete inside the ring, holding an undefeated record at 50-0 after retiring this past August. He is a natural entertainer and promoter and showed exactly that during his involvement in WrestleMania 24.
Mayweather was put into a match with The Big Show after months of back-and-forth feuding between the pair. The interesting part of the feud was the massive size difference between the two men, however, Mayweather is still considered one of the most dangerous men on the planet.
The Big Show ended up losing the match to Mayweather in one of the most entertaining bouts of the night that arguably stole the show. Recently "The Giant" joined WWE Film Room on WWE Network with Michael Cole.
During the show Cole and The Big Show discussed the program with Mayweather. Show had a ton of praise for the boxing champion, and even revealed WWE's original plans for the angle (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"I think this came about within a couple of weeks after that incident went down." Big Show continued, "Vince [McMahon] got together with Mayweather's crew and they put together a plan and this is something that Mayweather wanted to do.
"It's funny," The Big Show said, "the original thing was supposed to be a tag. It was supposed to be, I think, Batista and Rey against Floyd and myself.
"Rey got hurt. Batista got hurt. And then, it manifested into 'Giant vs. Boxer'.
"That was amazing for me because I remember throwing up that chokeslam, that signal there, and the pyro went.
"I didn't even know I was getting pyro, so when the pyro went off, like, I'm hyped now, pacing back and forth right now. I mean, I could pull the trunk off a Buick right now, I'm telling you. I'm excited.
"I think his outfit that he's wearing right there cost more than probably the first house I bought."
"The Big Show added, "I'll be honest with you, that's full mink or something like that. It's liike mink and some kind of exotic lizard leather or something.
"I've never been jealous of anyone outside of our business coming in and being a part of our business and exuding success or confidence because I always look at everyone else that does well as an opportunity for myself."
"[Mayweather] understands the one part of our business that's very important for characters and I tell the young guys all the time, 'you've got to have a presence.
"You've got to be able to walk into a room and command a room. You've got to be able to walk down that entrance and command the entrance. Mayweather, you could tell, he just ate it up.
"His grandmother was just really upset with me for that chop on Floyd," The Big Show recalled. "She was severely upset.
"She basically gave me a chewing like I was a six-year-old that was trampling her flower garden for slapping her grandbaby and I didn't do anything but [reply] 'yes, ma'am. Uh-huh. Yes, ma'am. Mm-hmm.'
"It was Floyd who actually calmed her down and said, 'no, mama. It was in the battle. It was okay.' And then, she gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek.
"I didn't know how Floyd was going to work in front of 70,000 people." The Big Show continued, "I didn't know if he'd go into business for himself.
"He was a better pro in the ring than some guys that I've been in the ring with that have trained for this and done this for years.
"I lost, which I don't really count winning and losing." The Big Show said, "I care about trying to tell good stories and have good matches. It was one of the best things I've been a part of in my career."
What are your thoughts on WWE's original plans to have The Big Show and Floyd Mayweather tag up against Batista and Rey Mysterio? Do you think that would've been a better match for "Money" in the squared circle? Or did the match between The Big Show and Mayweather do a lot better than anything else WWE could've done? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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