The two men faced off in a match at WrestleMania 24, in one of the best celebrity matches in WrestleMania history.
Mayweather knocked out Big Show with a brass knuckle-assisted punch, marking The World’s Largest Athlete’s return to the WWE after a two-year hiatus.
However, recent information has come to light, revealing that The Big Show vs Floyd Mayweather was not originally planned for WrestleMania 24.
Instead, they were set to team up against two of the biggest babyfaces in WWE history.
Big Show Was Meant To Team With Floyd Mayweather At WrestleMania 24
Big Show has revealed that his match with Floyd Mayweather at WrestleMania 24 was originally meant to be a tag team match.
In the original plan, Big Show would team with Floyd Mayweather to take on Rey Mysterio and Batista, who were two of the top faces on Smackdown.
Sadly, injuries to both men stopped that match from happening, and forced WWE to go for the singles match with Big Show and Mayweather.
“Originally, I believe that was supposed to start off as a tag, I think originally.” The Big Show told Inside the Ropes.
“That was supposed to be Floyd and I against Batista and Rey [Mysterio] originally, and then Rey got hurt and Batista got hurt, and then it fell to me.”
“I worked with Floyd, and that’s kind of a big hat tip, or a nod to a talent when you get to work with a celebrity. That means that they trust you, that, ‘Hey, you’re not gonna [harm] said celebrity.'”
“You know, I mean, I’ve had my runs with Kevin Greene and Dennis Rodman, and Mayweather, so Akibono.”
“So, I’ve had these matches where I work with people that aren’t seasoned in the ring and then pull it off in such a way that they look like they belong there and they can compete.”
The match was a huge success, and showed how good Big Show was in the ring. He helped protect Mayweather, and put on a good match in the boxers first ever wrestling match.
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