Jim Ross reflects on Big Show's career



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Jim Ross reflects on Big Show's career

Big Show is a seven-time world champion, having won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice, the WWF/E Championship twice, the ECW World Championship once and the World Heavyweight Championship twice, making him the first and only wrestler to have held all four titles.

In addition to these titles, he has also won the Intercontinental Championship once, the United States Championship once and the Hardcore Championship three times. He is also an eleven-time duo champion, having won the World Tag Team Championship five times (twice with The Undertaker and once each with Kane, Chris Jericho and The Miz), the WWE Tag Team Championship three times (once each with Chris Jericho, The Miz and Kane) and the WCW World Tag Team Championship three times (once each with Lex Luger, Sting and Scott Hall).

He is the 24th Triple Crown Champion, the 13th Grand Slam Champion in WWE history, and the third fighter (after Kurt Angle and Edge) to have held every active WWE men's title. Between WWE and WCW, he held 23 titles in total.

He was also the winner of WCW's annual World War 3 60-man Battle Royal in 1996 and has wrestled in the main event in many pay-per-view for WCW and WWF/E since the mid-1990s, including the 2000 edition of WWE's premier annual event, WrestleMania.

Being a WWE Superstar is a demanding job as the talents have to be at their best physical conditions to excel in the company. Jim Ross recently opened up about Big Show's weight issues in the WWE during the most recent edition of Grilling JR.

Jim Ross on Big Show

"Too big. A lot of start-stop diets. Things you can I can understand. Paulie was just a, he was convinced early on that he was going to be the next Andre, and as a result of that, having that extra weight, north of 400 pounds, was a good thing.

So, we wanted to keep investing in him, you know, he was a, for his size, a superheavyweight, very athletic for his size quite frankly, that's from his basketball days. He had good feet, he moved around pretty decently until he got too heavy, and then, some of the specialness of him started to wane," explained Jim Ross.

Jim Ross recalled that Vince McMahon got a little impatient with Big Show as the superstar was getting paid a lot of money. WWE officials were legitimately worried about Big Show's health as he was an established name at the time.

"I just think that Vince just got very impatient. We were paying him a lot of money. He was earning great money, and so, the thought was maybe he should take more pride in his health, his appearance. Appearance for pro wrestling health, for his life, and you know, we don't need a guy that can't pass a physical, not that he couldn't, but if you can gain any weight, it's inevitable, it's bound to happen," added Ross.