NEWS: Big Show Details Recent Health Struggles
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NEWS: WWE Superstar The Big Show hasn't been in a WWE ring since losing to Braun Strowman on the September 4th episode of RAW. The brutally violent match was used to write Big Show off of television in order to procure long needed hip surgery. Recently the World's Largest Athlete sat down with Busted Open Radio to detail some major complications with that very surgery,
"I’ve been really quiet with what’s been going on with me. I’ve had a hip resurfacing surgery in September. The surgery went really well. I got home and after 3 and a half weeks I was walking a mile. Things started to feel good, then I got a fever. I found out I had a surgical infection. The more I find out about these metal implants, it’s quite high to get an infection. I just got the unlucky draw. The hospital I had it done in New York is one of the top in the world for least amount of surgical infections. They had to open me up again, take it out, clean it, flush it, etc. If the infection had got any worse, they would have to cut the metal pieces out, put in what they call a cement joint for 3 months and then do a full on hip replacement, which would have ended my career. Instead, we got a very aggressive cleaning down here in Florida. I got a thing called a PICC line, which is basically an IV line from my left arm to my heart. For 7 weeks, I was walking around with an IV bag, 3 times a day, total of 8 hours a day. It was almost like having a small baby in the house because you only got 3-4 hours of sleep before you had to change the medicine. It was very stressful because I couldn’t go to the gym or do anything. I couldn’t get my blood pressure up, I couldn’t do anything physical. It was pretty difficult. We finally pulled the PICC line out on January 2nd. Things right now are touch and go for another 6-8 months. The more I learned about infections, the more I learn that they are very aggressive and adapt to certain medicines. The main thing we tried to do was keep the infection off the metal plate. Once bacteria gets on that metal plate, you can’t get it off. We’ve done everything we could. I dropped 27 pounds since January 2nd and I’m back in the gym feeling right."
There are no current plans for the Big Show, as the WWE wants him to be fully healthy again before they consider him for any future angles. Whether the WWE will clear a 400 plus pound athlete after hip surgery remains to be seen, as the WWE Universe faces the very real possibility that the wrestling world has seen the last of Paul Wight in a WWE ring. Fans interested in viewing Big Show's entire interview can do so below.