‘The Big Show’ Paul Wight made his WCW debut in 1995 and from his very first day in the promotion he had been treated as a main event star. He was known as the Giant in WCW. He won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice and he also won the famous match of WCW World War 3 in 1996. He was a member of the nWo as well.
The WCW departure of Paul Wight was quite shocking in 1999 and even more shocking was his debut during WWE St. Valentine’s Day Massacre PPV event on the same year during the Steel Cage match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon.
Eric Bischoff Talks The Agility of Big Show in WCW, Also; Heat on Him For Doing Dropkick Once
Paul Wight was repackaged in WWE as The Big Show and he became very famous within a very short amount of time. With his huge physic, he was pretty agile that was the biggest why fans loved him so much.
Eric Bischoff recently spoke on how agile Big Show aka Paul Wight was in WCW. He also talked about how he got heat for attempting a dropkick once;
How athletic and agile Paul Wight was in WCW:
I loved every bit of it, and it certainly is a testament to how hard Paul Wight worked, and how much natural talent Paul Wight had. He was very eager at this point. He was an open book. He listened. He tried to learn, and he did a great job.
He was a phenomenal athlete. If you think watching a 6 foot 10 guy do a dropkick is impressive, you should see him do a kip-up, which is something that generally only gymnasts can do. Little f**kers that weigh about 140 pounds. They can do kip-ups pretty well. You get a guy that weighs whatever he weighed at the time, 450 pounds, 6 foot 10, be able to do a kip-up, a legitimate kip-up, was mind-boggling.
He says Wight got heat backstage for delivering a dropkick:
What’s interesting about this, is Giant actually got a little heat backstage for doing that dropkick. There was a lot of people that were like, ‘What? You’re killing your giant gimmick. You’re doing stuff that Eddie Guerrero does. Or guys that are 220 pounds do. You’re a giant, work like a giant. Giants don’t dropkick.’ That was a big conversation backstage. I was kind of stuck in the middle of it.
I thought, traditionally yes, that would be right, you want to see a big giant be a big giant. You know, ‘don’t go down … … build up to it over weeks or months or years. Don’t go off your feet, you know, and by all means, don’t go do a f**king dropkick. Or a kip-up. Even though you can, don’t do it because it’ll kill your gimmick.’ There was a lot of that conversation backstage.
Big Show is in the AEW right now under his real name Paul Wight and it was quite shocking for the wrestling world that after 22 years of service in WWE, he decided to take part in their rival promotion.
(H/T and transcribed by Fightful)