The bizarre similarities between Paige and the Big Show


It's a new age for Women's Wrestling in the WWE. The term 'Diva' is being phased out and the main roster is starting to see the great matches and storylines that NXT's women have been having since 2014. The Horsewomen Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks have taken center stage as they proved during their Match of the Night performance at WrestleMania 32.

But one woman who might be getting lost in the shuffle, hails from Norwich, England and had her first experience of a wrestling match before she was even born. I'm talking about another NXT alumnae Paige.

Paige has gone from being a central figure to an afterthought, most recently losing to Emma on Smackdown. And thinking back over the two years of Paige's career on the main roster, I couldn't help but compare it to another, very different talent - The Big Show.

Surprisingly the careers of the Anti-Diva and the World's Largest Athlete have several key similarities. For a booking standpoint alone, I would go to say that Paige is positioned as the female Big Show. Don't believe me? Well here's a few reasons why...

Wins the title on debut (and struggles to get back on top again)

WCW. Halloween Havoc 1995. Despite a controversial finish, The Giant wins the WCW World Heavyweight Championship on his debut. He has reached the top of the mountain in his professional wrestling organisation before he's even really been able to establish himself.

WWE. The RAW after WrestleMania 30. NXT's Paige makes a surprise appearance to challenge AJ Lee for the Divas Title. In just a few minutes, she walks out of the ring as champion.

From day one, both Paige and the Big Show were positioned right at the top of their respective organisations and arguably it's only been downhill from there. With no higher goal to achieve, their only character development was whilst descending down the card. The Giant was quickly stripped of the title. While he did pick it up again, the focus was shifted to bigger angles like the nWo and Sting. Paige lost the title in a rematch to AJ a few months later. The two traded the belt back and forth a little but since the end of that feud, Paige has taken a backset to the Bellas and the NXT women.

Constant face and heel turns

Big Show's constant turns have become something of a running joke in the WWE. During his first year in the company, Show started out as a heel (St Valentine's Day Massacre), turned face to join The Union, turned heel to tag with the Undertaker, turned face again when he feuded with The Big Boss Man and then turned heel again around the time of the Royal Rumble. That's 4 turns in one year.

Paige has also had her fair share of turns. She started out as a babyface, turned heel in the feud with AJ Lee, turned babyface in the new year, turned heel on Becky Lynch and Charlotte then randomly turned babyface again whilst aligned with Natalya. It's four turns for Paige in total in two years so not quite as bad as the Big Show but still pretty frequent.


The Big Show has had a career that has spanned over 20 years. For a guy that big he hasn't been the worst in the ring. He understands psychology and showed some athleticism in his youth. But the fact is Big Show will never be seen in the same light as Andre the Giant even though he's probably a better all-round performer than Andre. That's because he was horribly overexposed during his wrestling career. Whereas Andre was used as an attraction, going from promotion to promotion in order to boost ticket sales in that territory. Big Show quickly lost that special attraction quality of a 7-foot, 500 pound man because he was used so much on television instead of being used sporadically for big feuds and matches.

While Paige doesn't have the physical presence that Big Show has, she does have the technical ability and family linage to be considered a serious female competitor. However, I remember watching Paige at WrestleMania 31 and thinking "has Paige really only been on the main roster for a year?" It felt more like a lifetime. Paige suffered from the fact that WWE usually only focus on one women's feud at a time. This meant for about an entire calendar year every women's match was populated on one side by the Englishwoman.

Now you could argue that every talent on the main roster is overexposed nowadays and I'd be inclined to agree with you. But Paige especially suffered as she was rarely rotated out for any other talents in her debut year. Until Nikki Bella came along, the women's division on the main roster was pretty much defined by Paige. At least the males on the main roster had more variety to work with.

Company guy/gal

There's a reason for Big Show's longevity in the wrestling business. He's a true company guy. Show adjusts to gimmick and character changes without argument. Whether he gets told to do a bad comedy skit or to cry on national television, the Big Show does it. He also helps with a lot of WWE's charitable initiatives whether working heel or face.

Paige is very much in the same boat. Many wanted Paige to have her Anti-Diva persona on the main roster but it seemed like the powers that be didn't agree. And Paige went along with it.. Even going as far to be featured on the show Total Divas which is in complete contradiction of the Anti-Diva persona. Paige was also featured as a judge on Tough Enough and used heavily in the promotion of WrestleMania 32. It's clear that outside the ring, management are big fans of both Paige and The Big Show.


While this is not a conclusive agreement, it certainly appears to me that Paige's relatively short career so far is mirroring that of Paul Wight. Thrust into the spotlight at a young age as the next big thing only to be quickly transitioned into the utility player who can help others benefit instead of themselves.

There's no shame in a wrestling career like that. Even if it doesn't mean lots of titles, success and all the things that go with it.

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