Big Show's wrestling career began to take off with WCW in the mid'90s, when he was being built up as the son of Andre the Giant - the 7-foot-5, 520-pound monster who died in 1993 and would later become the first WWE Hall of Fame inductee.
In one way, the idea of comparing Big Show (who went by 'The Giant' in WCW), to Andre made some sense. After all, no superstar has paled into comparison of Andre like Big Show. That being said, The World's Largest Athlete recently appeared on The Steve Austin Show (h/t WrestlingInc.com), and admitted the angle was "awkward," and a "real crappy trick to play on the fans."
On top of that, Big Show revealed that he wasn't trying to model his wrestling style after Andre, but rather Arn Anderson - one half of The Enforcers and a member of the legendary Four Horsemen alliance.
"I never wanted to be André The Giant. For lack of better words, I wanted to be Arn Anderson. I wanted to be a great worker. I wanted to be able to bump and feed babyfaces. Do you know what I mean? But it is completely asinine for someone who is 7-feet-tall to want to be Arn Anderson!"
Indeed, comparing Big Show (7-foot-2, 383 pounds), and his incredibly large physique to that of Anderson's (6-foot-1, 255 pounds), may be a stretch. Nonetheless, The World's Largest Athlete has tuned in a fine career that will surely land him in the WWE Hall of Fame someday.
Like Andre the Giant, Big Show's incredible size has limited his movement and abilities in the ring. Nonetheless, both superstars became major attractions to the wrestling world, and fans will be reflecting on both careers for a long time.
Big Show is a two-time WWE Champion and also owns a pair of World Heavyweight titles plus eight total Tag Team Championships. Couple that with his willingness to put over younger talents like Braun Strowman, and you have yourself a man who is headed to the Hall.