Paul Wight has revealed that in the run up to his match with Floyd Mayweather at WrestleMania 24 he instructed the boxing legend to break his nose.
At WrestleMania 24, Paul Wight, known as the Big Show at the time, met Floyd Mayweather in one of the event’s marquee matches.
The feud began at No Way Out where Wight attempted to attack Rey Mysterio, however, Mayweather emerged from the crowd and ended up breaking the giant’s nose.
During an appearance on Submission Radio, Wight incredibly revealed that he actually told the undefeated boxing star to break his nose.
“It was a shoot. He punched me in the nose, I told him to break it. I mean, I don’t know how you work that, like, I mean, I’m sorry, I guess I said, ‘Yeah, go ahead and punch my nose’. I said not to shove it down the back of my head, but if you can tap it, [go ahead]. I mean, to get a chance to work with probably one of the greatest fighters of all-time, certainly one of the greatest defensive fighters of all-time. To work with Floyd [Mayweather] and to have that opportunity for that spotlight at WrestleMania – I mean, that whole thing changed.”
The AEW star added that the singles match between the pair was originally scheduled to be a tag team match featuring Rey Mysterio and Batista.
“Originally, I think that was supposed to be Floyd against Batista and Rey [Mysterio]. It was supposed to be a tag originally and then there was a series of injuries. I think Dave [Batista] got hurt really bad, either tore a lat or a bicep and the same thing happened with Rey, and all this happened before we got to kick the angle off. So when they presented the opportunity, hey, will you work with him one-on-one? I’m like, hell yes, I’ll work with him, whatever you guys want to do.
“There are certain times in this business where you have to whether you take one for the team, or take one for the fans, or take one for your career, or however you wanna take it, but I knew at that moment, for us to get the kind of attention that we needed, we needed to do something that no one would not talk about. And that would be to have him get on one knee and have him light my nose up, like, no pun intended ’cause it was in downtown Las Vegas”
“… It was funny, and I came [backstage] after. The only guy that had the balls to come around me was Shane [McMahon] because I was so wound up, I mean, even our camera crew people, everybody just scattered. And I remember Shane coming over and he goes, ‘You okay?’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah’, and he goes, ‘That was awesome’. Like only he can do it and it made me laugh, and it took me right out of it, but we had to go. They had to run Floyd down because he was in the car, he already left. They had to bring him back, but it was good, great business.”
The former World Champion went on to describe working with Mayweather as a “great experience” as he understands the art of selling tickets.
“But you know what? Another thing too, like working with [Floyd Mayweather] was such a great experience because he gets promotion, he gets the art of selling tickets. He understands how to motivate people. And it’s funny, last night at the AEW show here in [Las] Vegas, his son came by the AEW show, so, of course, I remember when his son was a lot smaller and now his kids got the same smile as his dad, just a lot more hair than me or Floyd [laughs]. But it was kind of cool to see that and to see him, so it was good.”
At WrestleMania 24 Wight ended up losing to Floyd Mayweather after the boxing star knocked him out with a set of brass knuckles.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.