As many of you know by now, Paul Wight (the man formerly known as The Big Show) has signed a multi-year deal with All Elite Wrestling.
The news comes as a surprise to many wrestling fans since it was believed that Wight would be associated with WWE in some form even after retirement.
PWInsider is reporting that Wight was very open about his unhappiness about the way he was booked at last month’s Raw Legend’s Night show. Wight was used in a backstage segment where he was berated by Randy Orton. During the segment, Orton claimed that The Big Show’s career had ended after previously taking a punt kick to the head.
WWE may have been preparing for Wight’s exit because his contract expired a few days later after both sides were unable to agree to terms on a new deal. There was no mention by WWE or Wight about their relationship ending but WWE moved him to their Alumni section on February 19.
Wight was positioned as a main eventer right off the bat when he was signed to WCW in 1995. His first appearance kicked off a feud with Hulk Hogan , with the idea being that Wight was Andre The Giant’s son. WWE had the chance to sign him in 1995 after referee Mike Chioda brought his name up to Pat Patterson but a miscommunication led to Vince McMahon missing out until February 1999 where he was brought in as a top guy to feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Wight had start-and-stop pushes throughout his run in WWE but he won multiple world titles and in 2008, he returned to action after a long hiatus to face Floyd Mayweather in a boxer vs. wrestler match at WrestleMania 24.
Wight is one of the most recognizable names from the past 20 years and his signing has already garnered some mainstream attention for AEW with outlets like TMZ picking up the story.
Wight is scheduled to appear tonight on Dynamite. In addition to his commentary role on AEW Dark: Elevation, Wight will be wrestling on some shows as well.
For those of you that missed it, click below to see Wight’s last appearance on WWE programming.