I’ve been a pro wrestling fan since I can remember. In fact one of my teammates and fellow investigator Josh Flippo have traveled to many WWE events and PPVs together in our friendship.
WWE Superstar The Big Show has always been a staple since the mid 1990s.
Standing at 7’0, Paul Wight has always been larger than life, both in character and in sheer size.
“The Big Show,” as he’s known in the WWE, debuted in WCW in 1995 by winning the world heavyweight title in a match with wrestling icon, Hulk Hogan.
Unfortunately, the years of abuse on his massive frame have meant injuries, and Big Show has been out of action since November 2018.
But what truly motivated him to get into the best shape of his life at 47 years old?
What did WWE Superstar John Cena say to Wight?
“John and I were joking back and forth, and we were talking about something, and I was making a joke about, ‘Oh yeah, I’m going to go out and get me some abs, and be a bodybuilder,’” Wight says in the film. “I said, ‘Who would want to see a giant with abs?’ John just looked at me deadpan and goes, ‘Yeah. A giant with abs —who would want to see that?’ And he walked off.”
Wight recalls that the conversation felt almost like a challenge.
“This is coming from a guy who I have the utmost respect for,” he says, “for his work ethic, his commitment to our industry, his commitment to setting the bar, as far as he’s on time, everything’s 100%, the way he works his body, the way he takes care of himself, the way he lives by example and the way he gives back… So, this is someone that I respect, and the way John hit me with that comment, for once in forty-something years, lit a fire under my big fat ass, a huge fire, and I went and found Dodd Romero.”
The transformation of Wight is jaw dropping, and inspiring.
I encourage you to read more of his story over at our friends BroBible.com