Melissa Ann Piavis: Married To Big Show in 1997, What Caused Her to Divorce Ex-Husband?

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Melissa Ann Piavis: Married To Big Show in 1997, What Caused Her to Divorce Ex-Husband?

Quick Information

  • Date of Birth 1966-05-30
  • Age 54 Years 7 Month(s)
  • Nationality American
  • Profession Family Member
  • Ethnicity/Race White
  • Daughter/s Cierra Wight
  • Relationship Status Single (2019)
  • Divorce/Split Yes (Once)
  • Ex-Husband Big Show (m. 1997–2002)
  • Net Worth Not Disclosed
  • Height/ How Tall? 1.65m
  • Hair Short
  • Lesbian No

Paul Wight, who rose to glory under the ring name of ‘The Big Show,’ is one of the most recognizable figures in the wrestling history. He has wrestled against many other wrestlers in the ring but what about the lady who stood beside him in the life? Learn about his failed marriage with Melissa Ann Piavis.

The Short-Lived Marriage with Wife Piavis:

Wight has been in the professional wrestling business for 21 years after he signed a contract with WCW in 1995. It was during this time that he also was with Melissa. The Giant got married with Piavis on the Valentine’s Day in 1997.

They later had to go through a divorce because Wight placed something else above her in his life - it was his job.

Caption: Paul Wight with ex-wife, Melissa Piavis.


It turns out that Wight had to make his debut on the same day as his second marriage anniversary in 1999. Yes, I do mean the time he ripped out of the stage at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 99.

It is clearly visible where their marriage headed after that. No matter how much he loved Piavis, he would always prioritize being a wrestler over being a husband or a boyfriend. He went on to win the WWF title in late 1999 only to lose it in 2000. But that was not the only thing he lost that year, Paul also lost his wife Melissa later that year, yes she chose to desert him. They got divorced in 2002, the same year he retained his title.

Caption:Big Show makes his WWE debut at St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Source: WWE

His New Relationship:

'Wight got his nickname "The Giant 'because of his gigantic height of 7 feet. He may be referred as a monster, but he is also a human being. He saw a condition called acromegaly, a disease common among abnormally huge people, till his early thirties (a surgery halted his condition). However,  despite the condition, young Paul tried his best to use his weakness as his motivation.

It won't be wrong to say that he deserves more opportunities than a normal being. Maybe that’s why, he got involved in a relationship for the second time, this time with Bess Katramados on February 11, only 5 days after his divorce with Piavis was finalized.

Big Show and his Wife:

He has two children from his marriage with Bess. He also has a daughter named Cierra Wight from Piavis.

Caption: Big Show's three children

Born on February 8, 1972, Paul Wight is one of the biggest athletes in the sports entertainment industry. He was a member of the Wichita State University basketball team at the age of 19 mainly because of his 7 feet 1 inches of then. He also attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1992 to 1993. 

He is a 7 time WWF world champion and is also the part of the 11-times World Tag-Team Champions. He is also the only wrestler to have held WWE, World Heavyweight, ECW, and WCW championship.

He recently visited Manila on July 26 for a promotion of the industry’s first show in Manila. He is said to take on the professional basketball player, Shaquille O’Neil, in Wrestle Mania 33 next year. Shaquille has recently accepted his open challenge.