WWE star Big Show may play the role of a destructive heel on television, but an alleged real-life incident of violence may have put the giant superstar, as well as his company of employment, in a very difficult position.
According to Jamie Ross of Courthouse News Service, WWE producer Andrew Green is suing Big Show and the WWE for a situation that occurred on Jan. 27, as Big Show allegedly assaulted Green when asked to perform a backstage interview for the WWE's website.
The alleged incident occurred following Big Show’s World Heavyweight Championship Last Man Standing match against Alberto Del Rio at the Royal Rumble. The event took place at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix.
Green was told by another producer to interview Big Show, but things reportedly went sour from there.
Green claims that Big Show refused to do the interview until Green told him that then-WWE creative head Eric Pankowski requested him to do so. According to Green's complaint, Big Show used profane language toward him and assaulted him physically:
"In response, Big Show stated with the use of profanely indecent language that if Green wanted an interview then he would give him one, and to turn on the camera," the complaint states.
"Big Show (walked) toward Green enraged, shouting obscenities, and waving his fist in Green's face. Big Show then grabbed Green by the collar and throat, striking Green in the face and backing him up against a trunk while declaring 'You son of a [b*tch] ... Are you having fun right now ... Don't even come up to me again ... I don't give a [sh*t] who you are.'"
Big Show reportedly asked Green to re-shoot the interview, which would simply feature Big Show walking away, but Triple H asked for them to re-shoot again.
The third attempt was reportedly unsatisfactory as well, so the WWE actually used the original interview on its website, which Green believed to be a true outburst of anger on Big Show's part.
According to the report, Green could no longer work after Jan. 29 due to anxiety regarding his interactions with Big Show and other wrestlers. The exact status of the lawsuit is unknown, but it is being reported that Green and his wife are seeking damages for assault and negligence.