The Big Show is lucky.
He may not be the brightest guy in the world; he doesn't have to be. He may not even have a pot full of fallback talents to draw on once he is unable to wrestle anymore. He doesn't need it.
His size alone could land him his next gig.
Show is a uniquely large man—tall and powerful with a deep, grunty voice to match. He can intimidate the heck out of many, then he will flash a heartwarming smile. He has years of experience that can translate into several different career fields. Lastly, he has spent time playing the part of the nasty big man, hell-bent on domination and equal amounts of time as the lovable babyface here to entertain.
Big Show's build will pique interest; his experience and talent should do the rest.
Here are 10 post-wrestling roles Show would succeed at.
His next career could be no career.
OK, so technically "couch potato" isn't a career. But The Big Show can make it his post-WWE career. Another term for this is "retirement."
After so much time in the ring, he deserves to kick his feet up on the couch (and rest that frame) for the duration of, well, his life.
Do wrestlers ever actually retire if injuries don't force the issue?
Like the last slide, this "career" might be cheating, but it's a very likely possibility for The Big Show. His future career simply could adjust from full-time to less than part-time (hence, sporadic).
Show could appear once per year, if not less. And he wouldn't even need to come back to wrestle in Undertaker-like fashion. He could wrestle if need be and if that was his wish, but more often than not his appearances could be just that—appearances.
Now that the two obvious ones are out of the way, the rest of the list gets a bit more unique.
Perhaps The Big Show wouldn't be the greatest example for young talent learning the ropes of in-ring technical skills. However, he is the perfect guy to mentor next generation's larger talent. With over a dozen years of experience, he knows the adjustments needed to succeed as a big man in wrestling.
How do average size trainers teach that?
Show wouldn't necessarily be a full-time, everyday trainer. He would be a speciality guy, called upon if the next crop includes a similar-sized talent.
Other options within the company include: announcer, talent scout, future (kayfabe) GM or member of creative.
Who knows if Show could succeed in any of these roles, but considering Jerry "the King" Lawler, Booker T and John Layfield are all former wrestlers who announce, it's clear that it can be done. The WWE Universe doesn't hear about former talent taking on creative roles often, but it might be worth a try. Compare it to former baseball players who become analysts. They know the game better than anyone else.
There aren't many people that can be a better—or bigger—advocate to stop bullying in schools than The Big Show.
First, he's huge. He would be the perfect person to throw his size around to get what he wants (read: bully). Hence, he makes the perfect person to preach to kids not to bully. The message could be something along the lines of, "I could have done it, but chose not to for reasons X, Y and Z."
He has the experience.
Check out images from WWE's Be A Star campaign, the company's anti-bullying division, and you'll see plenty of Show standing tall and speaking to children.
Now that's using power.
Steve Austin, The Rock, Randy Orton, John Cena, The Miz and many more have taken on acting roles. The Big Show also has, appearing in a half dozen film roles and nearly 30 television appearances.
He's either really good at it, or casting directors seek his size out.
Either way, a move would work for him well. He has tons of relevant experience, it's less physically demanding than wrestling and he's still on television. Best of all, he still gets to entertain.
Game show host is listed separately from actor because the role is much less acting and more of appearing and reading.
The Big Show would make a unique host. Besides, he already has "show" built into his moniker. It's a perfect fit.
He can read. He can entertain. Is there more to hosting a game show?
Imagine your favorite show. It doesn't matter if it's a manly show, reality show, dating show, family show or children's show—Big Show would thrive.
If being a host doesn't tickle his fancy, Big Show could be a contestant (Survivor!)
From Dan Marino representing NutriSystem to Charles Barkley touting Jenny Craig, athletes have a tenacity for jumping from sport to weight-loss products and commercials.
Just check out any Subway commercial.
Big Show is the perfect candidate. Right now he may be keeping the weight on to keep up the appearance of being a dominant Goliath. But once the wrestling career is over, it might be in his best interest to lose some weight (the thinking here is long-term health). Besides, without everyday activity post-wrestling, he could be in danger of adding weight.
Besides, it would be infinitely effective for one of these companies to produce a commercial with the line, "I was 441 pounds, but after joining [Company X], I lost 100 pounds."
From JC Penny's to Macy's, most department stores have a "Big and Tall" section. There might even be a few dedicated stores in your local area.
Business owners or division leaders would be wise to jump on The Big Show post-WWE.
Those lesser-known businesses would have a face for their franchise (or division), and best of all it is an incredibly well-known face at that. Men who are both big and tall need not be embarrassed if the image of "big and tall" is former professional wrestler and sporadic actor Paul "The Big Show" Wight.
Peyton Manning recently opened more than a dozen Papa John's pizza franchises. Royce Gracie owns his own gym. David Beckham is mulling a move to become part-owner of an MLS team, according to ESPN. Current and former athletes often invest in business and sports franchises.
There's no indication The Big Show intends to pursue this option, but then again, it's not out of the question.
Upon his retirement, it could be assumed that he will be a guy with a lot of money and a lot of time on his hands. Taking ownership of a business, franchise or sports team can be a wise investment. At the least he could open something like a gym that caters to either wrestling, bigger men or some other unique and defined area.
Of course, The Big Show could always follow one of his fellow large-and-in-charge athletes, Shaquille O'Neal.
In late 2005, the former NBA center officially swore in as a reserve police officer. Can you imagine the 7'1'' O'Neal—donning a police officer's uniform, taser, badge and gun—asking you to halt? Good Lord.
Now make that man bigger in height and weight.
Okay, so The Big Show won't run any criminals down per se, but the intimidation factor alone might be enough to clean up a smaller community.
And if that fails, he can again follow in Shaq's footsteps and go for the Buick commercial.