Netflix Instant Queue Diaries: ‘Big Show: A Giant’s World’

WWE fans have been waiting for years for the company’s massive DVD library to hit Netflix’s Instant Queue and we’re not talking about films the likes of “The Marine” or “Knucklehead” either.

The company’s documentaries, which chronicle the lives of their elite superstars, are always entertaining and are often crammed with bonus footage and goodies- often enough to make the average wrestling fan drool. The newest one, which features Paul “Big Show” Wight is probably one of the longest-awaited ones, simply because Wight is one of the most charismatic in-ring stars of the past 20 years.

Over seven feet tall, totally false rumors circulated the early web that he was indeed the son of WWE legend Andre the Giant. While he was indeed larger than life and would eventually surpass Andre as the best big man in wrestling, the squared circle was the last place where Wight expected to spend most of his life.

The fact is, he’s a lot more like you are me than you might think.

Seeing him grow up and face many of the same challenges average people do humanizes him in a way that has never been seen before. At the same time, seeing him struggle and endure through a debilitating illness and live a life most of us can only dream of makes him even more human.

With interviews from his family, friends and co-workers the likes of Ar Anderson, Triple H, Edge and William Regal helping to guide the tale, there’s a great balance between Wight and the people that known him better than anyone.

However, while the documentary does a great job of bringing his personal life to light, some of his problems getting acclimated to the WWE and his stint in OVW could have been brought out more. As well, very little time was spent on his bad times in WWE, with more being allotted on his drive on becoming a better athlete, even during the last years of his career.

Again, it won’t affect the casual fan, but the real Wight fans will want more. At the same time, at least on the instant queue, only the documentary is available and not the dozen or so matches that are included on the three-DVD set. As a result, this offering on the queue is great for anyone looking for an interesting documentary and an hour to kill, but more of a tease for someone that wants to truly enjoy the WWE experience.

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