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WWE’s Largest Athlete, The Big Show, Looks to Hang Up His Boots

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Big Show, real name Paul Wight, confirmed in a March 2017 interview with that his current WWE deal expired in February 2018. And, as yesterday was the last day of the month, he is now a free agent. But it’s believed that his in-ring career is likely to be over.

His last match in the WWE:

The World’s Largest Athlete recently had a fantastic series of matches with Braun Strowman, culminating in Strowman power-slamming the Giant through a steel cage, which effectively wrote him off of television. He mentioned in an interview he had hip surgery not long after.

While there is no confirmation from either Big Show or WWE at this point, comments he made to Sports Illustrated last year states his preference is to retire without much fanfare.

“No last matches, no fanfare, just ride off into the sunset and disappear.”

“That’s more my style. I’ll find something else to do that is inspiring—and let these new kids take the business and the reigns and let them build the future. I wish them all luck. Everything changes. We’ve got a great group of talent that deserves the spotlight.”

What’s Next for the Former 7-time World Champion?

He mentions wanting to do more work in cartoons, and was heavily involved with WWE’s crossover content with the Jetsons.

“I may work in some sort of ambassador capacity for WWE. I’m going to try to pursue a course with this Jetsons cartoon. I’ve pestered Seth Green, who is like the cartoon king, to get me some more cartoons. I’ll try to do some more films, and that’s my transition. I’ve had a great career and I’m really thankful for everyone I’ve worked with, but everything comes to an end.”

Big Show had a Successful Wrestling Career! Here’s a Look Back:

He joined WCW way back in 1995 under the name of The Giant and instantly caused havoc, defeating Hulk Hogan early in his career to become the World Heavyweight Champion. In 1999, he signed a 10-year contract with WWF, and debuted as a member of Vince McMahon’s stable, The Corporation.

He’s a seven-time world champion, having held the WCW championship twice, as well as the WWE Championship twice. He also won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship twice and ECW World Heavyweight Championship once – the only man to ever hold all of these titles.

Big Show was also an 11-time Tag-Team title holder, making him one of the most decorated superstars of all time. He’s also been Intercontinental, United States and Hardcore Champion.

However, his last title reign came to an end in 2013 and since then, Show had been a mid-carder at best, which was perhaps due to his injuries.

Now 46, the future of Big Show is unclear, especially considering he’s no longer under contract with WWE. His social media activity suggests that he’s training and preparing for a return to the ring; but with whom is unclear. The most likely outcome is that he’ll be given a Legend’s contract by WWE, which would keep him in the company rather than see him go to a rival.

Wishing his hip surgery recovery goes well, and the WWE offers a new deal. Hopefully he’ll be returning very soon in some sort of position in the WWE.

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