The Big Show appeared on the Busted Open radio show recently with Doug Mortman and Dave Lagreca. Below are some highlights from the interview:
Big Show on feeling the crowd reaction: "It's been a weird career. I've always been a good "bad guy". It's an easy story. The smaller guy overcoming the big obstacle and the storyline has manifested itself on its own and due to my incredible performance ability, I've been having fun and it's good to do some of the old attitude era things. I think a lot of people forget that I was around during the Attitude Era. To be able to bring some of that fire and life back and to be received by the fans so well, it's a nice feeling. It's entertainment, you don't have to figure out what people hate, you don't take it personally and after fifteen years of being the "bad guy", it's nice to be a good guy."
His thoughts on Daniel Bryan being the face of the WWE: "I think the whole face of the company is a bunch of trash anyway. I've never believed that anybody given the right opportunities and fulfilling those opportunities can be a star. Our WWE universe are the ones who pick the stars and pick the faces of the company. If you had to do a prototype, you can make it a Randy Orton. He's 6'5", he is extremely athletic in the ring as far as his timing, his wrestling ability, and he's third generation, looks, physique, all that, sure that's a prototype package. But how often do prototypes pan out? Some of the greatest stars that we had in the business have not been a prototype stars. They've had a charisma, a unique ability that separated them from the rest of the pack and that's what made them different. I think if you are someone like Daniel Bryan, he's a completely different wolf than anybody else. He is an incredible technical wrestler, trained by Shawn Michaels and there are a lot of other things that go into being a face of the company. It's the stuff behind the camera that people don't see, the work ethic, the can-do attitude, that creates a long term career and also creates someone who can be the face of the company, so do I think Daniel can do it? Absolutely! It's about how to work and understanding your audience and Daniel knows how to do it."
Big Show on how John Cena always knows how to get a reaction: "John Cena always knows how to get a reaction. I would line John Cena against any professional athlete in any industry and I doubt very seriously if they can handle the work load that he produces. It's just not the couple days of week that we are on television; it's all the other things that John does. It's all the things that John gives back with the Make-A-Wish foundation, Susan G. Komen foundation and things like that. John does not have an off day. I think the only off day that John has is if he does get injured. He's got a hell of a presence in the locker room, helluva workload, the guy that has that kind of drive and that commitment and passion for his business; he is going to be successful. The one thing is that John never takes anything personal. If you boo him, good. You bought a ticket to go to the show, it's your choice. You can boo for whoever you want and you can cheer for whoever you want but regardless, John is going to give you one hundred percent in the ring and I think that's one of the things that made him be able to be the face of the company for some many years. Everybody can have spurts of being on top for six or eight months, a year, maybe. The ten or eleven years that John's accomplished are a remarkable achievement and it's a testament to his drive and it's not a John Cena endorsement. I'm just being honest on how hard the guy works and the way he treats people around him and everybody he works with, it's a pretty high standard he sets."
On having thick skin: "John's a little more put in the front line because he is on their front burner. My career has been in the mix. I've been on top for eighteen years, up and down with different angles. I think at one time, I was in a title hunt for three years so my whole thing is that whatever they need me to do, I go out and do it because I love doing what I'm doing. The main thing is having the love and passion for what you're doing and when you have that and you are a fan yourself, so you understand the fans perspective, what the fans want to see and working with the other egos and the requirements that are around you all the time that help makes you a better superstar and to see someone like John who if ticket sales are down, John takes the heat for it. If Pay-Per-View buys are down, John takes the heat for it. If TV-ratings are down, John takes the heat for it. If merchandise sales are down, John takes the heat for it. He takes all of it in stride and at the same time, he doesn't react whether the ratings have stepped up or they are down. He pushes forward and he does the best he can and he sleeps at night. There is a lot of pressure to be in that spot and a lot of the guys think they can be there and they can handle it but it's a spot that I've seen a lot of superstars fold.
His thoughts on Triple H as a WWE executive: "I've started my career in WCW and Triple H's was one of the guys that was working with me and developing me when I first started. We were young together in the Power Plant together in WCW. A lot of things that I started out on, I owe a lot to Hunter, just helping me with basic things in the ring where he was already ahead of me. Hunter has been one of the guys where his entire career he has lived the business, drank the business and everything about it has been sports entertainment and now moving into that executive position, it's almost like a natural evolution. If he is going to have an ego as an executive, he does have a point. He has the knowledge, he is a multi-time World Champion, he is a guy that has sold Pay-Per-Views, and he has been the superstars of superstars. He has been head-to-head with... (Continues on next page)