The Big Show did a new interview promoting Summerslam and had some interesting insight on his career.
On if he finds “Please Retire” disrespectful: “No, I think I’m doing my job as a heel. I think a lot of it too is just a way for the audience to have fun. I mean, let’s face it, I don’t have people coming up to me in the street telling me to please retire, I have people I meet in person who are thankful for everything I’ve done and they appreciate it. I think that’s just the audience having fun and when they chant that, I’m going to react to them and be engaging and have fun with them and tell them I’m going nowhere. I’m going to be a bad guy and react appropriately.”
On his eventual retirement: “I think everything comes to an end and eventually I’m going to retire out of this industry, I don’t think I’m going to do any big retirement tours or farewell, I’m just going to kind of slide out the door and I’ll be gone. That’s the way I like to do things, nice and quiet, not a lot of fanfare, and just roll on to the next evolution of whatever else it is I’m doing, movies or TV. Then maybe come back and do some commentating, stuff like that. I’ll always be a part of this business, I love it, I love helping young talent and I love the fans, whether I’m a good guy or a bad guy, but all good things come to an end eventually.”
On if he thought his career would be still be going twenty years after his debut: “No, I didn’t, I had no idea what I was getting into. I just knew that I was a fan, I was young, I was a good athlete and it just seemed like the coolest job in the entire world to do. I mean I had no expectations of becoming a world-renowned superstar or anything like that, I just knew that guys that I had grown up watching like Arn Anderson, Ric Flair, guys in the ring like that, I had a chance to learn from them and go on the road with them. Twenty years later, to be a veteran in this industry, who has got to work with almost every major superstar who ever made it, from Stone Cold Steve Austin to The Rock, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, all those guys… I’ve been a real lucky guy to tell you the truth, to walk into this whole thing and be very successful at it. I’m very thankful.”