If I remember correctly... Russian immigrant, state champion in the US, wrestled in college. He was definitely well informed, especially in international stuff. My favorite Big moment is when he came out of retirement to wrestle at an open tournament, went up against Canada's Jamie Cox, and ran out of bounds 12 times for the 0-6, 0-6 tech fall (I think he was either sick or had cutting issues).
FWIW I agreed with the decision to ban Big when it happened, but I also hoped that he would return to the forum. He was given the opporunity but chose not to It's too bad- I love having the "international" contingent here.
On a side note, can we give Judowrestler another chance at some point as well?