Future WWE Hall of Famer The Big Show has transformed his body over the last year, and the physical results from what he describes as a complete lifestyle change have been staggering. The man who once entered the ring at a weight of 537 pounds at his heaviest is now working on a six-pack, and says that he's lost more than 90 points since he started dieting.
The Big Show appeared on the latest episode of Chris Jericho's podcast, and told the story of a conversation with John Cena that spurred him to prove to himself he could make a major change in his life.
Chris Jericho: “What made you finally decide [to change], was it the pressure on your knees and stuff?”
The Big Show: “No, it was just time to make a change. For so many years of my career, I was The Big Show. So in the back of my mind - whether it was ‘fat’ or aesthetically not pleasing or whatever crap people want to sling around - I enjoyed being The Big Show. I enjoyed being 450 pounds. I enjoyed being the biggest guy around. That was my gimmick, you know what I mean? When I walked down the ramp and stood in the ring, I made other big guys look small.
And then now, at the end of my career, I don’t need that anymore. I really don’t. Now this is a great time for me to make a change, one, personally, to see if I could do it.”
The Big Show: “I’ve told people before that this whole thing really came about through just a general trash talking session with John Cena.
John and I were sitting just like you and I are now, and John and I had been friends for years and had battles and we always joked years ago, like every nine months it was time for a Big Show-Cena run. Because his [Attitude Adjustment] needed equity and I needed to take it to build equity in his AA.
John and I were joking and we were talking about training and dieting and stuff like that. I used to make fun of all the body guys, ‘yeah that’s right - live right, eat right, die anyway.’ That was my grumpy attitude about stuff.”
The Big Show: “I told John ‘who the hell would want to see a giant with abs?’
And you know John is super intelligent, super smart, and has a way of looking at things sometimes in a different way, like we all do. John looks at me and he goes ‘yeah… a giant with abs, who would want to see that?’
And just the way he said it was so dick-ish. It was almost like, you know, ‘you think you can do it, you big [expletive]?’ You know what I mean? That kind of a thing, without John being that crass or saying that.
And I got hot. I got pissed. I walked away from that not laughing, walking away from that like ‘that frigging [expletive] thinks I can’t do it. Well… I’ll show him!’”
The Big Show: “That was about a year and a half ago we had that conversation, maybe. And then I started looking at different things - one thing I figured out already was the first three letters in the word ‘diet’ is D-I-E. And I think that’s why most people fail with diets. Because you jump in right away and say ‘oh, I’m going to diet to this certain amount - and then that’s it.’
People diet for a wedding or they diet for an occasion or they diet for summer, you know what I mean?
Sometimes they diet because they think ‘oh I’m going to do this to get in shape,’ and then in a few weeks their inner fat kid that we all have, the one that wants junk food and bad food, starts squawking really bad and they say ‘well it’s OK, I’ve worked hard, I can have this.’ And then, before they know it, they’re off the wagon.
I think, for me, I really looked at nutrition, talked to some people who knew a lot about nutrition, looked at different meal plans… calorie intake and what I was trying to do. I started slowly. I didn’t start as a ‘diet,’ I started as a lifestyle change.”