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 May 30, 1966
  • Age 55 Years, 4 Months
  • Nationality American
  • Profession Family Member
  • Ethnicity/Race White
  • Daughter/s Cierra Wight
  • Relationship Status Single
  • Divorce/Split Yes (Once)
  • Ex-Husband Big Show (m. 1997–2002)
  • Net Worth Not Disclosed
  • Height/ How Tall? 1.65m
  • Hair Short
  • Lesbian No

Melissa Ann Piavis was in the spotlight when she got into a relationship with Paul Wight, aka The Big Show. The couple got married in 1997, but they could not hold on to their marriage for long.

The Big Show loved something else, which was even important than his wife and his marriage. His love for something else hindered the relationship with his wife. But Show has no regrets about it. 

The article below shows what was so important for Show that he even didn't even prioritize his marriage. 

The Big Show & Ex-Wife Melissa Ann Piavis:

Wight has been in the professional wrestling business for 25 years after signing a contract with WCW in 1995. It was during this time that he also was with Piavis. The Big How got married to Piavis on 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.

Paul Wight with ex-wife, Melissa Piavis (Source:

It turns out that Wight had to make his debut on the same day of his second marriage anniversary in 1999. Yes, I 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. 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. 

They finally got divorced in 2002, the same year he retained his title.

His New Relationship:

Wight, aka The Big Show, found love for the second time, but this time with a model. And just after five days from his divorce from his first ex-wife Melissa Ann Piavis, he got married to Bess Katramados on 11 February 2002. 

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

Wight being a WWE sensation, he was open about his relationship, but his wife wanted a low-key life on the other side. That might be the reason she doesn't appear in front of the media. 

The first and the only time we saw Bess was during the WWE Hall Of Famer event in April 2015.

The couple completed their 19th wedding anniversary this year on February. 

Short Bio Of 'The Big Show'

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 gigantic height of 7 feet 1 inch. He attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1992 to 1993. 

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

Wight got his nickname "The Giant" because of his gigantic height of 7 feet.  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 the disease as his motivation.