AEW made some big news on Wednesday when they announced they've come to terms on a multi-year deal with Paul Wight, formerly known as Big Show.
It was noted in the press release that “Wight will have an extensive role within AEW, and on top of his return to the ring, he will serve as a commentator on AEW’s newest show, AEW Dark: Elevation.”
Pwinsider reported shortly after the news was made that WWE and Big Show were unable to come to terms on a new deal financially. His deal expired last month, just days after he appeared on Monday Night Raw for the Legends Night episode on January 4th where he was verbally bullied by Randy Orton.
Big Show never publicly commented on his WWE departure, but fans noticed something was up as he removed all mentions of WWE on his social media accounts and the company moved his profile to WWE.com's Alumni section.
“It’s been amazing to watch what AEW has built in just a couple of years,” Wight stated in the press release issued by AEW. “AEW Dark is an incredible platform to hone the skills of up-and-coming wrestlers, but I also love that established AEW talent can build out their personalities and showcase themselves in new ways on Dark. It’s no exaggeration when they say that AEW is boundless.”
Big Show made his WWE debut in February 1999 after he had signed a multi-year deal. He worked an unsanctioned match against Orton on the July 20th, 2020 edition of Raw, which marked his final bout under the WWE banner.