Big Show Reveals Largest WWE Payday, Talks About Pissing Off Hulk Hogan
WWE Superstar Big Show appeared as a guest on Sports Talk 790AM Miami this week to promote Sunday’s WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view. Below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On getting heat for doing impressions of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage on an airplane trip:
“I got in trouble one time. Hogan, Hulkster, used to have a plane after Nitros because of the Turner deal and he flew back to Tampa [Florida] because he told WCW, ‘I’ve got to cook the kids breakfast every morning’. So he left Monday afternoons, wrestled, and went home Monday night, so after Nitros I would get a ride to Tampa. Me, him, and Savage, and another wrestler, Brian Adams, who was a dear friend of mine. He used to be Crush in WWE. Well, Brian’s a smart ass. He passed away, but he was a real smart ass and an instigator, a stirrer. I used to do an impersonation of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage in a romantic relationship. I do the impersonations and Brian says, ‘oh, you’ve got to do that for Hulk and Randy, man. They’ll love it!’ So I was like, ‘really?’. He goes, ‘dude, just do it on the plane tonight. They’ll like it.’
“So we’re sitting on the plane. It’s a small plane, so there’s Hulk, there’s Randy, there’s Brian, there’s me, and we’re sitting real close in front of each other and Brian looks at me and gives me the wink. And I’m a dumbass rookie, so what do I do? [In Hogan’s voice] ‘Whatcha gonna do, Macho, when the largest python in the world comes for you, brother?’ [In Savage’s voice] ‘Ooh yeah, Hulkster. Go to infinity and beyond. Give me the beef, Hulkster.’ And believe me, I’m cleaning it up for radio. The version I did [on the plane] was really, really raunchy. And then, I stopped. I had a big grin on my face, and, I mean, I’m getting a dead stare from Hulk [and] a dead stare from Randy. Brian looks at me and goes, ‘oh, I can’t believe you did that’. Completely through me under the bus! And then, the next week, the pilot, Captain Ron, comes and says ‘hey, Giant, I just want to let you know that there are a lot of turbulence going home this week, so if you don’t mind, can you catch a commercial flight tomorrow because we’re concerned about the weight’ and I’m like, ‘yeah, yeah, yeah, no problem’. So it’s like [for] two months, I was kicked off the plane ride home.”
On his best match ever and the biggest single payday of his career:
“The best match I’ve ever been in match-wise, I wrestled The Undertaker in France in a coliseum that was built in 300 A.D. by the Romans. It was the most amazing match I’ve ever been in. Taker and I went 35, 40 minutes in. Those are wrestling fans and we didn’t know the finish until it actually happened in the ring because we just made it up as we went along. Greatest match I ever had. Best match I’ve ever been a part of [was] WrestleMania, Floyd Mayweather. Biggest pay check ever. He was amazing.”
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