Bess Katramados is popularly known as Big Show’s wife, an American professional wrestler, actor, and professional wrestling commentator. She was also a former American model and co-starred on “The Big Show Show”, a Netflix sitcom.
As a celebrity wife, most of her fame comes from the fact that her husband is a big deal in the entertainment world. Since their marriage, a lot of fans have asked quite a number of questions about her. In this article, we will give answers to the most important ones. Let us start with a summary of the ten biggest facts about Katramados.
Top ten facts about Bess Katramados
- She was born on 13 July 1973 to an American Christian family living in Illinois, USA, and will turn 48 on her birthday in 2021.
- In 1991, Katramados graduated from Lutheran High School in Illinois — a Christian school owned by the Lutheran church.
- She started modelling part-time when she was in her final year of high school and pursued a career in the industry full-time.
- Before she became Big Show’s wife, he was married to Melissa Ann Piavis for five years between 1997 and 2002.
- Katramados has a step-daughter named Cierra Wight, and she shares two children with the professional wrestler.
- In 2021, Katramados has an estimated net worth of $3 million while her husband The Big Show is worth about $20 million in 2021.
- Bess Katramados stands at about 5 feet 8 inches and weighs approximately 64kg, and her spouse Paul Wight stood about 7 feet 2 inches in his prime and weighs nearly 500 lb (230 kg).
- Big Show has won the WWF/WWE Championship twice, WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship twice and the ECW World Heavyweight Championship once. He is also notably the only wrestler to have won all four major American wrestling titles.
- The wrestler has also starred in films such as 1996 “Jingle All the Way”, 1998 “The Waterboy”, and the 2015 action film “Vendetta”.
- Big Show quit the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in January 2021 and joined All Elite Wrestling (AEW) under his real name, Paul Wight as a commentator alongside Tony Schiavone.
Early life and education
Katramados was born on 13 July 1973 to an American Christian family living in Illinois, USA. She grew up with her parents in their family home in the Midwestern region of the US. Bess will turn 48 on her birthday in 2021.
She has always been vocal about her faith in God and she is raising her children in the faith as well. Her husband Big Show also claims to be a Christian, although his MySpace page adds ‘other’ in the region section.
The former model attended Lutheran High School in Illinois. This is a Christian school owned by the Lutheran church, Lutheranism is one of the largest branches of Protestantism. It is likely she graduated in 1991 and started pursuing a career in modelling.
According to online sources, Bess Katramados started modelling part-time when she was in her final year of high school. She’s elegantly built and has a beautiful face which made her popular sought after by modelling agencies.
She started her career as a small-time model doing gigs during school breaks. After leaving high school, she went into the industry full-time and began traveling to various countries for work. Details of the brands and agencies that Katramados worked with are not currently available on the internet. There’s no record of any of the popular brands like Vogue, Prada and the rest working with her.
The couple never volunteered information on how they met but it happened when the wrestler was still married to his first wife, Melissa Piavis. Here is a bit of information about the wrestler.
Big Show (Paul Wight)
Paul Wight, known by his stage name Big Show, is an American professional wrestler, actor, and professional wrestling commentator. He is 49 years old and began his professional wrestling career at 22 on 3 December 1994.
Besides using the moniker, The Big Show, he also fought briefly as The Giant between 1995 and 1999. His real name is Wight and it has nothing to do with ‘Wight 5e’, which is a fictional undead creature given a semblance of life through sheer violence and hatred.
Before Big Show married Bess Katramados, he was married to Melissa Ann Piavis. Wight and Piavis were married for five years between 1997 and 2002. Sources claim that their marriage started experiencing troubles after Big Show met the beautiful model.
However, other sources counter this theory with the fact that the professional wrestler had not met his current wife until 2001 but he and his ex-wife were already separated in 2000. There is no information on why the couple broke up. Their divorce was finalised in February 2002 and both of them went back into the dating pool.
They welcomed a child together in 1998 named Cierra Wight. Cierra is 23 years old in 2021 and she lived with her mother even though she saw her father occasionally. It appears that Wight and Piavis agreed to share custody of their daughter.
After he and his ex-wife divorced, Big Show wasted no time in marrying Bess Katramados on 11 February 2002. The wedding ceremony took place just five days after his divorce. Together, they have welcomed two children.
Big Show, Bess Katramados, Cierra Wight, and other kids
Career and notable achievements
As noted at the beginning of this article, Katramados is popular because she is The Big Show’s wife. But, why is Big Show popular? Well, first, he is not just any kind of wrestler.
Paul Wight was born with acromegaly, a disease of the endocrine system that causes accelerated growth. When he turned 12, he already had the height of a tall adult man standing at 6 feet 2 inches. He also weighed 220 lb (100 kg) and had chest hair. By the time he was 19, he was already over 7 feet 1 inch tall.
He underwent surgery later on his pituitary gland, which halted his abnormal growth. During his adult years working as a bouncer, bounty hunter and phone call attendant, he met wrestling legend, Hulk Hogan. Hulk Hogan introduced him to World Championship Wrestling’s (WCW) vice president, Eric Bischoff and from there, his career took off.
He signed with WCW in 1995 as The Giant and beat Hulk Hogan in his professional in-ring debut at Halloween Havoc in 1995. Big Show won the World Heavyweight Championship the same year then proceeded to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship twice along with Sting and Luger.
He left the WCW to join the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) (now known as World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE). Wight or Big Show, as he is popularly known, is a seven-time world champion. He has won the WWF/WWE Championship twice, WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship twice and the ECW World Heavyweight Championship once. He is also notably the only wrestler to have won all four major American wrestling titles.
Additionally, he is an 11-time world tag team champion, holding the WWF/World, WWE and WCW World Tag Team Championships several times with various teams. As the 24th Triple Crown and 12th Grand Slam winner in WWE history, he won the Intercontinental, United States and Hardcore championships.
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Big Show is also an actor and appeared in comedies such as 1996 “Jingle All the Way” and 1998 “The Waterboy”. Most of his acting differing from his wrestling persona has gotten him much praise. Also he was in the 2015 action film, “Vendetta”.
He made his final two appearances for WWE at The Undertaker’s retirement ceremony and the 4 January 2021 edition of Raw for Legends Night. He then parted ways with the company and joined All Elite Wrestling (AEW) under his real name, Paul Wight. Big Show is now a commentator alongside Tony Schiavone for their new YouTube series AEW Dark: Elevation.
Bess Katramados married Big Show in 2002 and they have since welcomed two children together. She keeps a low profile and very little else is known of her except in relation to her husband. Katramados also attends shows and events with her spouse and that is where most of the media attention around her comes from.
Big Show and Bess
The family owns a $680,000 home in Odessa, a town near the Tampa Bay area. They also have another 9,589 square foot mansion in Miami, Florida. Here are many other details about Katramados.
Bess Katramados net worth
Katramados has an estimated net worth of $3 million, according to unverified sources. This is most likely a projection without facts. Meanwhile, her husband The Big Show is worth about $20 million in 2021. He had a net worth of nearly $16 million in 2016.
How tall is Big Show’s wife? Bess Katramados stands at about 5 feet 8 inches and weighs approximately 64kg. For any person, she will be considered tall, but when we compare her height to her husband’s she looks very small. Big Show stood about 7 feet 2 inches in his prime and weighed nearly 500 lb (230 kg). This means that he is nearly four times bigger than his wife.
Like many celebrity wives, who are not celebrities, she tries to avoid publicity and does not even have an official Instagram or Twitter account.
Bess Katramados is a full-time mom with teenage children to take care of and keeps a low profile except when appearing in public with her celebrity husband. Her days as a model are behind her and she has since stepped into her new role as a home runner and supportive wife.
According to the last sighting of Katramados, she is still looking stunning and one can clearly see why Big Show was attracted to her back then. There are no rumors about her and her husband breaking up. They appear to be having a great time with their children and enjoying family life.
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