Meet Melissa Ann Piavis: Interesting Facts About Big Show’s Ex-wife

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Melissa Ann Piavis is known as the former wife of Paul Wight aka the Big Show. She was married to the WWE superstar from 1997 to 2002. She garnered considerable public attention in the 90s for her relationship with the Big Show. The pair were husband and wife for around three years. They, however, separated in the early 2000s.

So what went wrong between the two? Also, what has Piavis been doing since her split with Wight? Read every possible detail about this former spouse of the 12-time Grand Slam winner in the article below starting from her early life, career, her encounter with the wrestler, her life after the divorce, and so on.

Let’s begin.

Melissa Ann Piavis Is A Greek

Melissa Ann Piavis was born on May 30, 1966, in the southern European country, of Greece.

Tabloids haven’t been able to know much about her early life or when exactly she relocated to the United States. Also, she has not revealed anything about her parents so far.

Why Did Melissa Ann Piavis And The Big Show Split Up?

Piavis and her former husband Big Show first saw each other in 1995 when the latter had just kicked off his career in wrestling. The couple dated for a while before they exchanged vows on Valentine’s Day (14 February) 1997.

Whilst being together, they became parents to a daughter.

Melissa Ann Piavis with her former husband, The Big Show
Melissa Ann Piavis with her former husband, The Big Show. Source: Getty

All seemed to have been going well until it wasn’t. Piavis and her WWE star husband started experiencing rifts in their relationship. They eventually decided to call it quits in 2000.

Two years later, on 6th February 2002, they finalized their divorce. Neither Big Show nor his ex-wife revealed the reason behind their divorce and the former partners are mum about the reasons to date. In fact, the couple even chose not to share the info about their divorce settlement and alimony.

Some speculated Show was having an affair with his then-future second wife, Bess Katramados. The former WWE superstar married Bess days after he had finalized his divorce with Melissa.

On the other hand, some argue it was rather Big Show getting busy with WWF that ultimately ruined his union with Piavis. He had even missed their second anniversary to compete for a title match.

Piavis Has A Daughter With Her Ex-Husband

Melissa is the mother of Big Show’s first child, Cierra Wight. She gave birth to her daughter Wight on November 28, 1998, in Florida. Piavis and Wight’s only kid is now 23 years of age and is a Palm Harbor High School graduate.

Cierra went to the University of West Florida and graduated with a degree in graphic design in 2021.

Much like her mother, Cierra has kept herself aloof from the social media world. She has two siblings from her father’s marriage to his current wife, Bess Katramados.

Where is Melissa Anna Piavis? Did She Marry After Her Divorce With Big Show?

Ever since her separation from Big Show in 2002, Melissa has become an absolute to the public. Some sources claim she lives in Florida currently, however, how she doing professionally or personally, is anyone’s guess.

While Big Show seemingly moved on and went on to marry Katramados, the details — regarding Piavis’ life after AEW star — are nothing but a forgotten mystery. That said, it looks like Melissa didn’t marry after her split from Big Show. Also, there are no reports of her romantic affairs.

Why Piavis’ Ex-Husband, The Big Show Left WWE?

After showing up at Survivor Series during The Undertaker’s retirement ceremony, Paul Donald Wight II made his final WWE appearance on the January 4, 2021 edition of Raw for Legends Night.

Big Show and WWE parted ways the following month. Reports stated the two sides were unable to agree to financial terms on a new contract. Wight later cited “creative frustrations” and lack of ideas as reasons for his exit.

Big Show left WWE in 2021 and joined AEW
Big Show left WWE in 2021 and joined AEW

On February 24, 2021, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) made it official that Paul Wight had signed with the company and would be providing commentary alongside Tony Schiavone for their new YouTube series AEW Dark: Elevation. The announcement further revealed Wight would compete as an in-ring performer.

The two-time World Heavyweight Champion debuted on the March 3 episode of AEW Dynamite, The Crossroads. On the August 11, 2021 edition of Dynamite, Wight who wouldn’t use his WWE name, got physical for the first time in an AEW ring, coming to the aid of broadcast partner Tony Schiavone and his son Chris. The father-son duo was being attacked by the Factory, a group led by QT Marshall.

Why Piavis’ Ex-Husband, Big Show’s Netflix Show Got Canceled?

It’s not uncommon for wrestlers to shift themselves into acting now and then. After Dwayne and Cena, it was Wight’s turn to try his luck in Hollywood. While he has had credits in films in the past, Netflix became the one that gave Wight his sole spotlight, bringing to the viewers, The Big Show Show.

Netflix cancelled The Big Show Show after just one season fot
Netflix canceled The Big Show Show after just one season. Source: Netflix/Getty

Albeit a little rough for the critics, the AEW star’s fans were starting to welcome the show warmly finding it rather cute.

The family sitcom focuses on Wight and explores his life with a fictionalized version of his family, wife, and three pre-teenage daughters.

Sadly, for fans hoping for more misadventures featuring Big Show and his TV family, the streaming network canceled the show after just one season. The show failed to continue most likely due to underwhelming viewing figures.

Wight’s fans, nonetheless, got one last treat from Netflix in the form of The Big Show Show Christmas special, released December 9, 2020. The feature followed the series storyline and included all its characters as well.


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