WWE Superstar The Big Show — real name Paul Wight — is getting his own travel reality TV series courtesy of ITV America’s Thinkfactory Media and WWE Studios.
“Big Show vs. The World: A Giant Abroad” (working title) is the latest vehicle seeing the seven-foot professional wrestler shift from punishing in-ring work to a legitimate television career — one that also includes a Netflix family sitcom. There, “The Big Show Show” went into production this summer.
This spring, Wight had an arc on Syfy series “Happy!” He’s also done 11 episodes of the NBCUniversal cable channel’s “Van Helsing.”
Below is the description for “Big Show vs. The World.”
Through his extensive world travels with WWE, Big Show has collected a lifetime of unusual stories filled with unexplained natural occurrences, local enigmas and fascinating people. “Big Show vs. The World: A Giant Abroad” will follow the larger-than-life WWE Superstar as he travels back to these locations and indulges his lifelong passion for exploring the strange and unknown.
Each self-contained episode will feature Big Show venturing to a new exotic area, where he’ll team up with a local guide and dive head first into a native mystery or legend. Navigating the difficulty of travel (at seven feet tall) and the extreme, sometimes awkward situations he encounters with his signature self-deprecating sense of humor, Big Show will do whatever it takes to unearth every quirky and shocking detail during his adventures into the bizarre.
“Big Show vs. The World: A Giant Abroad” is currently in the development phase and is “being shopped to major broadcast and cable networks, as well as streaming platforms,” a Thinkfactory spokesman told TheWrap.
“Big Show brings so many different layers to a project like this; it’s a dream scenario for us as producers,” said Thinkfactory CEO Adam Reed. “He blends his fierce intelligence and curiosity with an unexpected, one-of-a-kind wit, and his intimidating physical stature is offset by his surprisingly disarming personality. We’re ecstatic to be working with him and the WWE Studios team and can’t wait for the journeys ahead.”
“For more than two decades, Big Show’s magnetic personality has inspired fans around the world, and in this new series, he will be able to meet the people and explore the places that have played a pivotal role in his journey as a WWE Superstar,” said head of WWE Studios Susan Levison. “We are thrilled to be bringing this show to life with our partners at Thinkfactory who are proven winners in the unscripted television genre.”
“I won’t guarantee we’ll solve every mystery, but we’ll explore every strange detail, chase every bizarre lead, and meet the incredible characters involved in pursuit of the truth,” added Big Show.
Show hasn’t done much wrestling a while: The 47-year-old, who recently lost like 100 pounds, hasn’t even appeared on WWE’s “Raw” or “SmackDown” in 2019.