The Big Show should be commended for his ridiculous weight loss and the efforts that he willingly put to achieve the ideal weight. The World’s Largest Athlete was recently a guest on Stone Cold’s Podcast where he recalled some of the problems he faced for being heavy.
Show revealed that his quality of life is amazing as of right now. He said that he is faster and healthier currently than he used to be some years ago. (h/t wrestlinginc)
Right now, [my] quality of life is really good. There’s no stiffness. My range of motion is ridiculous. I’m not done in the ring yet. Hell, I’m 380 lbs. I feel now, especially in my hip, has more range of motion now, and I’m faster than I moved in 17 [or] 18 years. I wrestled with Fit Finlay a little bit at WrestleMania. I got in there and rolled around the ring with Fit and the doctor. And Fit was laughing. He was like, ‘you’re fast again’, which made me feel good because my mobility is back and I had lost so much mobility before. Fit laughed at me and he goes, ‘yeah, you used to lean to the left and go that way or lean to the right and go that way’ because I couldn’t. I didn’t have the ability to plant my foot and turn because there was no joint space, so it [has] been rough, man.
Show also revealed that Vince McMahon got upset with him before WrestleMania 21, where he was scheduled to face Akebono, the Japanese Sumo wrestler. Here’s why McMahon was upset with him:
I think my heaviest I was 537 lbs. When I did that match with Akebono, I think Akebono, for a shoot, weighed 488 [lbs.] and I weighed 509 [lbs.] because I remember Vince being pissed at me because Akebono was supposed to weigh more than me. And [McMahon] looks at me and goes, ‘509 lbs.?’ He shook his head and walked off. I was like, ‘I’m a quarter-ton of fun! What do you want me to say?’