Former WWE producer 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 Courthousenews.com.
The alleged incident occurred following Big Show’s World Heavyweight Championship Last Man Standing match against Alberto Del Rio at the PPV.
Green and his wife are seeking damages for assault and negligence after claiming that he was struck by Big Show while trying to conduct an interview with him.
Green says Big Show refused to do it until he said it was at the request of former creative head Eric Pankowski. According to Green’s complaint, Big Show used profane language toward him and assaulted him physically:
“In response, Big Show stated with the use of profanely indecent language that if Green wanted an interview then he would give him one, and to turn on the camera,” the complaint states.
“Big Show (walked) 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 [b*tch] … Are you having fun right now … Don’t even come up to me again … I don’t give a [sh*t] who you are.'”
The interview was allegedly re-shot at Big Show’s request, which featured Big Show simply walking away. Triple H then asked for the interview to be re-shot a third time.
“Triple H asked Big Show to muster the same emotional level for the third interview as he had with the original shoot, that being the attack,” the complaint reads. “In response, Big Show said that he did not think he would be able to do that because his emotions in the original shoot had been real.”
According to the report, Green claims he was unable to continue working for WWE after January 29th because “he was uncomfortable working around Big Show and the other wrestlers, nervous, and had ‘a ton of anxiety’ as a result of the attack.”
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.”
Green also said that the company “encouraged its wrestlers, including Big Show, to act in a violent and threatening manner both inside and outside of the wrestling ring relative to their appearances and participation in staged wrestling events as a means of entertainment.”