“Well, it’s The Big Show,” may be one of the most iconic intros to a WWE theme song ever. However, when Paul Wight first got his start in WCW in 1995, he was told that a giant like him doesn't need ring music, brother!
Paul Wight made his debut as “Giant” in the summer of that year. The idea behind the character's presentation was he would be the on-screen son of Andre The Giant, looking to get revenge on Hulk Hogan in the name of his father.
This landed him in the Dungeon of Doom faction, a group of gimmick characters that is now often seen as a very low point in the creative history of World Championship Wrestling.
Speaking with Sportskeeda, Big Show recalls his time in the infamous faction and the curious piece of advice he was given regarding a theme song when he requested one early on in his career.
“The Dungeon of Doom was a lot of fun. We had a collection of misfits that was led by Kevin Sullivan and we were slowly getting picked off by the NWO when they first came in and I was trying to tell everyone that, you know the old Ben Franklin Line, ‘if you don't hang together, we'll all hang separately,'” said Big Show. “One of my fondest memories was, I didn't have ring music and I would ask, 'How come I don't have entrance music or ring music?' 'You're a giant brother, you don't need ring music.' That’s what they told me. Luckily, WWE thought differently and now I have an iconic entrance song.”
Big Show made his WWE debut at the 1999 St. Valentine's Day Massacre pay-per-view, aligning himself with Vince McMahon. Big Show really enjoyed WWE's outside-of-the-box way of thinking and he has been a faithful member of the roster for the last 21 years.
“I think at the time with the Attitude Era and the Monday Night Wars, I think it was a very good surprise. Both companies were very competitive back then and it was just as impactful when Hall and Nash left WWE and came to WCW, that shocked the world. When Medusa left WWE and came with WCW that was another ‘oh wow,’ moment,” he continued. “On the flip side, when Chris Jericho went to WWE from WCW and then I went myself and stepped into the ring with Vince McMahon and Stone Cold. That's one thing that I really appreciate about WWE, they find a way to think outside of the box, from my St. Valentine’s Day Massacre appearance to breaking the ring with Brock Lesnar.”
Former WCW President, Eric Bischoff admitted on his podcast recently that he did not immediately see “star power” upon meeting The Big Show. Learn more about that at this link.