Big Show being shot dead by WWE officials because a 7-year-old boy wandered into his steel cage is a report from a satirical humor site. Of course, there is no truth to reports of the shooting death of the former WWE champion. Where did this satire originate?
The Onion published an article on June 16, 2017, reporting that WWE officials killed Big Show because a 7-year-old boy had wandered into his steel cage. You can read the fake story below.
INDIANAPOLIS — Saying they were left with no other choice given the imminent peril of the situation, World Wrestling Entertainment officials confirmed they were forced to kill one of their own stars Friday when a 7-year-old boy wandered into the steel cage enclosure of an aggressive wrestler.
Beloved two-time WWE champion Big Show was reportedly shot dead after the emergency response team at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum made a split-second decision to take out the nearly 400-pound dominant male wrestler, who is said to have appeared aggravated and hostile, causing those present to fear for the small child’s safety.
“Last night, after determining he posed a clear threat to a young boy who had entered the steel cage, we chose to end the life of one of our wrestlers,” said WWE spokesperson Chris Bellitti, who added that the security guards who opened fire had followed protocol, assessing the body language and vocalizations of the 45-year-old wrestler to evaluate the danger he presented. “It is a tragedy anytime something like this happens, but luckily we can say a child is alive today thanks to the swift and appropriate measures taken by our WWE staff.”
However, there is no truth to the above story. This article was quickly circulated widely via social media by users who shared it as if it were a real news report. But, rest assured, Big Show is still alive. The story, which originated with the venerable humor site The Onion, is a publication known for its satire.
Most importantly, WWE did not release a statement about Big Show’s alleged death. In fact, he could be seen via Twitter at the gym.
— Big Show (@WWETheBigShow) June 17, 2017
Here are some reactions on social media from people discussing the fake story about Big Show.
This shit about the Big Show being dead better be fake Bro
— Kennedy 💎🥀 (@Diamond___4L) June 17, 2017
@WWE rumor says big show is dead, because you guys shot him when a little boy wandered in the steel cage… is this true?
— Morg😎 (@itsmorgannorris) June 17, 2017
The Big Show was not shot dead after seeming aggressive when a child got in a cage match ring.. it's a hoax!!
— ash (@ashwalls23) June 17, 2017
@StephMcMahon Big Show.(Paul)DEAD ? shot in front of an audience.(god damn)you people are very SICK ! I hope he haunts the WWE for Eternity.
— SPEAR OF DESTINY 720 (@JBRAND40637911) June 17, 2017
— Jaden Collins ☆♡☆♡☆ (@TheOwgod1234) June 17, 2017
Is it true folks about the Big Show being shot dead by officials in a wrestling arena where a little boy snuck inside the steel cage???
— Robert Brown (@bobbenbrown123) June 17, 2017
Heard that Big Show's dead. Is this another typical @WWE drama or some fake news?
— Meng Seng (@mengsenglim) June 17, 2017
In this above case the Onion was spoofing high-profile incidents as the fatal shooting of a gorilla named Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo in order to rescue a three-year-old child who fell into the animal’s enclosure. Beyond that, the story is nothing more than a bit of humor.
With accolades that stretch as far as his gigantic reach, Big Show is one of the most decorated and feared Superstars to ever step foot inside the squared circle. He is the first Superstar to capture the WWE, WCW and ECW Championships and won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 31. Still knocking heads more than two decades after his in-ring debut, Big Show remains a monstrous threat. Best of luck to anyone who crosses his path.