All there is to know about Bess Katramados, Big Show's wife

All there is to know about Bess Katramados, Big Show's wife

Helix Odhiambo
updated at July 6, 2023 at 2:52 PM

Bess Katramados is an American and former professional model and TV personality married to famous WWE star Paul Donald Wight II (The Big Show). Katramados is Big Show's second wife. They have been together for over two decades. This article reveals the life of the former model, including her background and how she met the WWE legend.

Bess Katramados' age
Paul Randall Wight Jr. (Big Show) and his wife, Bess Katramados, have been together for decades. They enjoy an excellent relationship. Photo: @celeb_critics, @howardjames084 (modified by author)
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Katramados hails from Illinois, where she was born. Her parents raised her in a family home in the Midwest, United States. Bess Katramados' nationality is American. She is a Christian and of Caucasian ethnicity. Big Show's wife has also made strides in her modelling career, earning millions of fortunes.

Bess Katramados' profile

Full Name

Bess Katramados

Date of birth

13 July 1970


51 (as of July 2023)








1.67 m (5'6")


64 kg (141 lbs)

Eye colour


Hair colour

Dark Brown


Model, personal trainer


Paul Donald Wight II (The Big Show)



Net worth

$3 million

How old is Bess Katramados?

Bess Katramados' age is 51 as of June 2023. The former model has kept the details of her parents private and whether she has siblings. She attended Lutheran High School in Illinois, run by a Lutheran church. Bess later joined college and graduated in 1991 before pursuing a modelling career.

What is Bess Katramados' height?

Big Show and Bess Katramados
Richard Stark and Laurie Lynn Stark (L), posing for a photo with Paul Randall Wight Jr. and his wife Bess Katramados (R) during the Flaunt Magazine and Wildfox Present "Hollywood Lawn" A Fire Poem Performance by Robert Montgomery at Mana Wynwood on 5 December 2013 in Miami, Florida. Photo: Jamie McCarthy
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Big Show's wife is 1.67 m (5'6") tall and weighs 64 kg (141 lbs). Bess is shorter than her husband, who stands at 2.13 m (6' 11") and weighs 1.74 Kg (383 lbs).


Bess developed an interest in modelling at a young age in her hometown in Illinois. She worked for a couple of local firms to gain more experience in the industry. The American lady left her career after marrying Big Show. She decided to become a homemaker, personal trainer, and promoter to her husband.

Who is the Big Show married to in real life?

Bess Katramados' WWE
Big ShowPaul Wight married Bess Katramados (L) after divorcing his first wife, Melissa Ann Piavis (R). Photo: @naijawapaz, @AnkitZestful (modified by author)
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The WWE star has married twice. Paul tied the knot with social media personality Melissa Piavis on Valentine's Day in 1997 before partying ways in 2002. He then married Bess Katramados on 11 February 2002, five days after finalizing his divorce from Melissa. Paul Wight and Bess Katramados' wedding ceremony took place amidst the presence of family and friends.

Big Show and Bess Katramados' kids

The couple has two children, a son, and a daughter. However, the names of their kid remain unknown. Bess is also a stepmother to Cierra Wight, Paul, and Melissa's daughter.

Who is Paul Wight?

How much money did Big Show make?
Paul Randall Wight Jr., aka Big Show, attends WWE's 2014 SuperStars For Kids at the New Orleans Museum of Art on 3 April 2014 in New Orleans. Photo: Josh Brasted
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The Big Show is among the famous World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestlers. He was born on 8 February 1972 in Aiken, South Carolina. His father is called Paul Donald Wight, but he has kept details of his mother and siblings private. Paul developed an interest in wrestling during his childhood. He was among the biggest people in his class.

The WWE legend started his career with local Arizona promotion. In 1993, he joined the World Championship Wrestling training institute to gain more experience. He became their main roster member in 1995 after completing his training. Big Show later joined the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) before moving to WWE.

WWE career

Who is the Big Show married to in real life?
Paul Randall Wight Jr., aka Big Show, is a WWE legend and superstar who won many titles during his 20-year career. Photo: @WWE (modified by author)
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Bess Katramados' WWE wrestling husband has enjoyed a successful career for over 20 years. He has achieved a lot in the competition since debuting in 1995 at the Halloween Havoc, defeating Hulk Hogan by disqualification. Big Show's WWE contract ended in 2019. Here are some of his achievements.

  • Intercontinental Champion
  • Rookie of the Year, Wrestler of the Year, and King of Cable (1996)
  • WCW World Tag Team Championship (3)
  • Bragging Rights Trophy (2010)
  • 13th Grand Slam
  • 24th Triple Crown Championship
  • Match of the Year award (2014)
  • "Andre the Giant" memorial trophy (2015)

In 2021, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) signed Paul Wight to wrestle and commentate for their YouTube show "AEW Dark: Elevation."

How much money did Big Show make?

Big Show and Bess Katramados
Young fan Ryan Giggs (L) meets with WWE's superstar Paul Donald Wight aka The Big Show, at an autograph signing in Canal Walk shopping centre on 7 July 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Foto24
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The WWE legend earned around $2 million annually during his career. Vince McMahon, the WWE executive chairman, offered him a 20-year contract with about $1 million payment annually. Paul also earned from PPVs, endorsements, and merchandise sales.

According to sources, he received a base salary of $1.5 million in 2015 but dropped to $1.2 million in 2017 since he started working part-time. The WWE superstar began earning $850,000 a year in 2018.

Bess and Big Show's net worth

The Big Show wife, Bess Katramados, has a net worth of $3 million. Most of her income comes from her modelling career and endorsement deals. His husband's net worth is $20 million from his wrestling career.

Reality TV

Paul Wight and Bess Katramados
Brie Bella (L), Big Show (C), and Nikki Bella (R) attend the 2019 Fox Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park, on 13 May 2019 in New York City. Photo: Taylor Hill
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Paul Wight has appeared in several reality TV shows, including "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader." He earned $15,000 for his appearance in the program. Big Show has also made inroads in Hollywood. Some of the films he has starred in include:

  • Van Helsing (2021)
  • Psych (2013)
  • Larry King Now (2012)
  • Supah Ninjas (2011)
  • Fighting With My Family (2019)
  • Vendetta (2015)
  • Countdown (2016)
  • Knucklehead (2010)
  • MacGruber (2010)
  • Little Hercules (2009)
  • McCinsey's Island (1998)
  • The Waterboy (1998)

The Big Show Show

Paul stars in the family-comedy series created by Josh Bycel and Jason Berger. The American sitcom TV series is set in Florida and follows Big Show's life and his wife with three daughters. Is the Big Show Show his real family? The Netflix series does not feature his real family.

His wife in the series is Cassy (Allison Munn), and their daughters Lola (Reylynn Caster), Mandy (Lily Brooks O'Briant), and J.J. (Juliet Donenfeld). The Big Show Show got released in April 2020.

Is there Bess Katramados' Instagram?

The former model has kept his life private and has no active social media account. Her husband, Paul, has a verified Instagram account with 1.4 million followers as of June 2023. His official Twitter account has 2.4 million followers.

Where do they live?

Bess Katramados' Instagram
Bess Katramados and her husband, Paul Wight, often spend time together. They have made a fortune in their careers. Photo: @celeb_critics, Jamie McCarthy (modified by author)
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Bess and her family live in Tampa, Florida. They have another home in Miami sitting on 9,589 square feet of living space, valued at around $3.7 million. The residence has six bedrooms, two fireplaces, a media room, and a pool/spa combo. In 2001, Big Show purchased a four-bedroom property in Odessa, Florida, for $680,000 but sold WWE legend Baron Corbin in 2017.

Bess Katramados has maintained a low profile despite marrying a celebrity wrestler. She dedicates her time to their children and supporting her husband.

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