WWE icon Big Show's incredible body transformation before move to AEW as Paul Wight | The Sun

WWE legend Big Show pulled off an incredible body transformation last year before his move to AEW.

The 7ft giant, who now performs with his real name of Paul Wight, was always world-famous for his monumental frame during his wrestling career.

At his peak, Wight tipped the scales at a staggering 36 stone.

And the American veteran – who made his wrestling debut in 1994 – is still going strong at almost 50 with WWE's rival company AEW.

Wight used to make fleeting appearances in wrestling until his departure from Vince McMahon's promotion last year.

The seven-time world champion's last WWE appearances took place in January 2021 during RAW's Legends Night.

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And in recent years, the athlete formerly known as Big Show has left fans' jaws on the floor by showing off a more lean, chiselled physique.

The body transformation began in 2018, when the US star kicked off his recovery programme following hip surgery.

Wight missed months of action after being slammed through a steel cage by Braun Strowman.

His journey to become a lean, mean fighting – and acting – machine became famous for his hashtag – #GiantAbs.

Wight has kept fans up to date with his journey in a number of Instagram posts.

The Florida native posed with the Royal Rumble card game just days after sharing a hilarious Flashback Friday video of himself learning to play guitar.

In May 2020 he revealed it 'felt great to be back in the gym' after taking some time out to focus on his acting career.

The post was liked over 120,000 times with fans flocking to show the trim superstar some love.

In 2020, the ex-WWE Champion joked he'd rather have his head crushed by a car than become a WWE producer.

Speaking with Newsweek, Wight said: "[You] may as well put my head under a car and back over it."

Instead, the former World Heavyweight Champion spent much of 2020 working with rising stars of the sport.

Wight added: "I'm in a unique position that I don't have to work five nights a week like when I was full time.

"If you have a talent that is on their way as a big guy or medium-sized guy and I get the chance to get in the ring and work again and ride with this guy for a few days and help them that way.

"That's where I get to do my best work – being in the ring with them and work out their timing and what's going on in their head, and take them where they need to be."

Wight famously lost to Randy Orton during a showdown on Monday Night Raw.

But the 50-year-old proved there was no bad blood as he praised his rival, saying: "Randy has the perfect combination of looks, size, athletic ability.

"He's also a third-generation performer, so that knowledge and psychology is soaked into his DNA.

"As a kid, he'd sit at the dinner table and listen to his dad, 'Cowboy' Bob, and Randy didn't even realise the knowledge he was absorbing.

"Ever since I met Randy, I could tell there was something different about the kid.

"You just knew this guy was a main-event player.

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"Now when you have that kind of success early in your career, sometimes that's a good thing, but sometimes it is a bad thing.

"Randy struggled with it. As wonderful and easy that Randy made everything look, it's now that he is firing on all cylinders.

"His promos have been off the charts the past few months and he really believes in what he's doing."

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