The in-ring career of Paul Wight, aka the Big Show, is believed to be over. After making his debut with WCW in 1995, Big Show wrestled for 23 years.
In an interview he gave to Sports Illustrated last year, Big Show said his contract with WWE is up at the end of February 2018. Show stated he did not intend to re-sign as a performer with WWE but would be interested in transitioning to another role with the company.
Big Show Comments on Retirement in 2017
While no confirmation has been made from either Big Show or WWE at this point, comments he made to Sports Illustrated last year stated his preference was to retire without much fanfare.
“No last matches, no fanfare, just ride off into the sunset and disappear,” said Big Show said. “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.”
In terms of what may come next for Big Show, he mentioned wanting to do more work in cartoons. Show 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 has had 6 reigns with a world title. Two of those reigns came in WCW and the other 4 in WWE.