Andrew Green is suing WWE and Big Show (real name Paul Wight) over an alleged backstage incident that occurred at Royal Rumble from the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona in January.
According to court documents, Green claims another WWE producer told him to get an interview with Show after his match against Alberto Del Rio to be posted on the company’s official website and/or YouTube channel. Green says Show refused to do it until he said it was at the request of former creative head Eric Pankowski.
Green claims Big Show began using “profanely indecent language,” saying if he wanted an interview he would give him one. The complaint continued:
“Big Show toward Green enraged, shouting obscenities, and waving his fist in Green’s face. Big Show then grabbed Green by the collar and throat, striking Green in the face and backing him up against a trunk while declaring ‘You son of a bitch … Are you having fun right now … Don’t even come up to me again … I don’t give a shit who you are’.” (Ellipses in complaint.)
Show then requested a re-tape saying he would just walk away. Triple H requested a third take but Show said he didn’t think he would be able to do it because his emotions in the original shoot had been real. A third interview was shot but Pankowski ultimately decided to air the first interview.
Green claims he was unable to continue working for WWE after January 29th because he was uncomfortable working around Big Show and other wrestlers. He alleges in the complaint that WWE had previously “suspended or terminated Big Show’s employment because of his behavior, including his engagement in violent and/or unlawful and/or improper activities outside of the wrestling venue.”