Floyd Mayweather and The Big Show [February 25th, 2008]
WrestleMania is known as “the showcase of the immortals”, and that catchphrase has been made an evident fact by the amount of historical moments that have taken place at the event. In 2008, WrestleMania 24 held a tradition of intersports interaction as The Big Show took on Floyd “Money” Mayweather in an exhibition No Disqualification bout.
The two first met head to head at No Way Out, where The Big Show goaded the boxing superstar into stepping into the ring with him. “Money” Mayweather has been anything but a stranger to the ring, as one of the most prolific fighters in boxing history, so when The Big Show decided to challenge Mayweather by getting on his knees and offering up his face, “Money” took advantage by giving Big Show a few jabs that ended with Show having a broken nose.
I said: ‘Here’s the deal. You need to break my nose Don’t shove my nose through the back of my head. But you need to break it. Don’t break your fist or hurt yourself. If you break my nose. We will be able to get people emotionally invested.’ People love storylines. They love them because at some point the talent will get people emotionally invested. That match was originally started to be a tag – Mayweather and me
versus Batista and Mysterio. We were going to be the heel team. But Rey got hurt, and then Dave (Batista) got hurt and they asked me and I said ‘hell yeah I’d be willing to’. [x]
The match itself was quite the spectacle. It was essentially a game of cat and mouse, with Big Show fighting to get a hold of Mayweather whilst Mayweather delivered shots to Show’s body. When Mayweather and his crew attempted to leave, Big Show brought Floyd back into the ring, where Show lifted Mayweather in an attempt to chokeslam him. Fortunately for Mayweather, one of his crew slapped Big Show across the back with a steel chair, allowing Mayweather to get loose and deliver a few chairshots of his own. Once Big Show was subdued, Mayweather slid on a pair of brass knuckles and delivered a knockout punch, claiming the victory for himself.
WWE Hall Of Famer Mike Tyson was critical toward the bout:
I was so mad when they did that shit. Floyd can’t beat no fuckin’ Big Show. That’s bullshit. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I forgot I was doing an interview, but he was fighting one of my boys. When you step into their field, you have to let them be kings in their field. So don’t bring guys into their field and make them look bad on their own mat. I don’t like that. From a fan’s perspective, I didn’t like that.