Big Show Reveals Conversation With John Cena Inspired Him To Get Fit
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As his wrestling name suggests, 'Big Show' is a big bloke. At 7ft tall, even for a wrestler, he is bloody massive.
But the iconic WWE fighter was never the most chiselled or defined star on the roster, until recently, when a conversation with John Cena lit a 'huge fire' under his 'big fat a**' and inspired him to get in shape.
The 47-year-old - whose real name is Paul Wight - has been out of the ring since November 2018, with more than two decades of grappling taking a toll on his body and leading to a succession of injuries.
But rather than stew while out of action, the big man has hit the gym harder than ever and has transformed his body in the process, enlisting the help of celebrity trainer Dodd Romero.
In new documentary, Rebuilding Big Show, the master of the chokeslam revealed that a conversation with John Cena had inspired him to get tanked.
He said: "John and I were joking back and forth, and we were talking about something, and I was making a joke about, 'Oh yeah, I'm going to go out and get me some abs, and be a bodybuilder'.
"I said, 'Who would want to see a giant with abs?' John just looked at me deadpan and goes, 'Yeah. A giant with abs - who would want to see that?' And he walked off.
"This is coming from a guy who I have the utmost respect for, for his work ethic, his commitment to our industry, his commitment to setting the bar, as far as he's on time, everything's 100 per cent, the way he works his body, the way he takes care of himself, the way he lives by example and the way he gives back.
"So, this is someone that I respect, and the way John hit me with that comment, for once in forty-something years, lit a fire under my big fat a**, a huge fire, and I went and found Dodd Romero."
So bravo to Big Show for putting in the hours in the gym, and bravo to Cena for lighting a fire where no man dare venture before.
For now there is no clear time-frame for when we might see Big Show back in action, but if he keeps going like this then hopefully it won't be too long until he is back in the ring.