WWE Star Sued For Painfully Real Assault On Co-Worker

WWE star Big Show, Paul Wight, Jr., has been sued for applying a chokehold.World Wrestling Entertainment's star wrestlers are often said to be "faking" fights. But now WWE producer Andrew Green has filed a lawsuit against one of the biggest wrestlers, Big Show (whose real name is Paul Donald Wight Jr, ) for a chokehold that Green says was painfully real. Green claims that Big Show, pictured right, a five-time wrestling champion who weighs 440 pounds, grabbed Green by the "collar and throat" during an expletive-laden post-match video interview.

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According to the lawsuit, which was first reported on by the Courthouse News Service, producer Green asked Big Show for an interview for the WWE website after a Jan. 27th match, telling him that his boss wanted it. Big Show allegedly was hostile and quickly turned violent. While "shouting obscenities, and waving his fist," Big Show grabbed Green by his throat and punched him in the face, the suit says. "You son of a b***h ... Are you having fun right now. ... Don't even come up to me again. ... I don't give a s**t who you are,' " the suit claims the wrestler yelled.

Green acknowledges in the lawsuit that the WWE "required [Wight] to act in a violent, erratic and threatening manner both inside and outside of the wrestling ring." But Green says in the suit that he's now suffering from "a ton of anxiety." He has stopped showing up for work. His lawsuit calls for unspecified damages and named the WWE as a co-defendant. (In speaking to AOL Jobs, the WWE said it does not comment on pending legal matters.)

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This being professional wrestling, however, WWE officials initially were thrilled by the drama. They aired the interview in full on the WWE website, the suit notes. The video initially garnered more than 100,000 page views in the span of two days, but was taken down on Jan. 29. The WWE "should have known that posting the attack on the Internet involved an unreasonable risk of causing mental harm to Green," the complaint charges.

Big Show, for his part, said any re-do of the interview wouldn't come off as authentic, because his anger was "real," according to the lawsuit. Wight's character has been a part of the WWE act for 18 years. And according to wrestling blogger Drake Oz, who writes for the sports blog, the Bleacher Report, Wight's work stands out for his versatile acting ability. Oz says that Wight can "be thrust into any type of feud and make it work." Indeed, Oz notes that Wight's persona has "thrived" as both the "the lovable and goofy giant" and as "the most awe-inspiring big man."

The WWE is the leader of the professional wrestling world and isn't a stranger to controversy. In January, rival league Total Nonstop Action (TNA) wrestling, dropped a lawsuit against the WWE in which it claimed that the WWE had illegally obtained their files in an effort to steal away some of their wrestlers. According to WrestlingNewsWorld.com, the parties privately settled the matter.

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February 08 2014 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jefferyrogers2

WHAT THE HE** happened 2 the big little show? what an A#####ho

November 13 2013 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
conyers

hey

April 16 2013 at 6:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill

Liability clauses are signed before any interview that requires physical contact. Good luck with that lawsuit....

April 16 2013 at 5:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
clay99chevys10

i remember bigshow use to slover and spit when he yelled haha

April 15 2013 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dmande6304

biggest waste of time on TV except for the loud mouth wives shows

April 15 2013 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JTalltrees1

garbage1

April 15 2013 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
oujoou

Anyone who has watched pro wrestling ... .KNOWS this is also staged. lol. :(

April 15 2013 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ilovebrittany200

i think the big show gone to far he is a menace and a complete ass and he should be lockup

April 15 2013 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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stonewt

He has big man syndrome. Anyone can pick on someone 1/4th his size. He should try that sh*t with kevin Nash, Sid Vicious, or another big man.

April 15 2013 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
iearnesto

I still remember when Hulk Hogan showed Rivera how real wrestling can be. Didn't hear Rivera question Hulk again. If you cant take the heat stay out of the kitchen (or reporting business)

April 15 2013 at 12:14 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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How You Been?

That was Dr. D and Jon Stossel

April 15 2013 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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MrEshyne

I think iearnesto is taking about the time Hulk Hogan and Mr. T were on Richard Belzer's tv show and demonstrated the "front face lock" which was a standing guillotine choke on Belzer. Hogan applied a bit of pressure and then Belzer was out. Hogan releases Belzer from the hold and he collapses on the floor hitting his head. When he came to he had a blank look on his face and was slurring his words. Belzer sent the show to a commercial break and as the show was being played out you could see Belzer stumbling to the back with his head busted open.

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