On the June 12, 2003, episode's of WWE's Smackdown, Brock Lesnar took on The Big Show in a match that would quickly go down in WWE history as it ended with Lesnar landing a top rope Superplex on his 500-pound opponent, with their combined weight causing the ring to break.
Both wrestlers and the WWE have long maintained that the iconic spot was not pre-rigged and that the two goliaths really caused the ring to collapse with their high-flying antics.
A dozen years after the fact, Big Show is finally letting up on the ruse in an appearance on fellow wrestler Chris Jericho's Talk is Jericho podcast.
The seven-foot former champion finally admitted the whole thing was rigged: “I’ve kayfabed this whole thing for years and told everybody, ‘Oh the ring broke,’ and 'It was really crazy timing.'"
He then goes on to explain how it happened: "We did a spot right before we broke the ring where we’re both down and they shoot a real close-up of both of us selling. Well in that time, [WWE Stunt Coordinator] Ellis [Edwards] had airbags under the ring. So they had lifted the ring a couple inches. So now, when I’m standing on that top corner, that ring is like standing on marbles. Because it’s moving. Of course now I’ve got my fat ass up in the air, 500 pounds on a not very stable surface … So then the ring broke. I just remember when it happened because … you don’t know how the stunt is going to look. But man, it was so perfectly timed the way we did it and Ellis did a great job of setting up. That thing collapsed and everybody they bought it so long.
Afterwards, he admitted to lying about the move for years: "And this is the first time out all the interviews I’ve ever done, I’ve admitted the truth that that was a rigged angle. On hundreds of interviews, I have lied right through my teeth and said it's a shoot. But if you get a chance to suspend people's reality just for an instant, for a second, it's good for them"