The Big Show has been part of WWE for the better part of the past two decades, and he credits the Undertaker for helping him establish himself in the promotion.
Show discussed the influence of The Undertaker on the latest episode of the Talk Is Jericho podcast.
Arriving in WWE in 1999 after a run in WCW that included a reign as world champion when he was still essentially a rookie in wrestling, Big Show had a rough initial transition to WWE that included getting sent down to the developmental territory in Ohio Valley Wrestling to improve his wrestling and cardio.
“I was very fortunate that, for whatever reason, Taker probably wishes he never would have done it, being funny, but Taker pulled me aside and was pretty hard on my ass for a long time," Show recalled, noting Undertaker would talk to him about "just little things... bump in the wrong spots, not being aggressive enough, not enough cardio, stupid mistakes in the ring, stupid psychology, everything [from] A to Z. Even though I was a former world champion in WCW, I stared at the frickin' bottom. Which was great because a lot of the stuff that makes our business beautiful, I missed in WCW because of the way I came in. I had to start earning the respect of the guys around me."
The Undertaker had what is presumed to be his final wrestling match in April at WrestleMania 33.
Big Show, meanwhile, is expected to retire from wrestling once his current WWE contract expires early next year.