Paul Wight, the artist formerly known as Big Show in WWE, signed with AEW back in February. He was frustrated with a lack of creative direction, both in terms of ideas and the ideas they did come up with for him. Upon his arrival in AEW, he was used to hype the signing of Christian Cage, get plenty of publicity for the company, and do commentary on a new show, AEW Dark: Elevation.
There were always plans for him to wrestle, though, and he’s itching to do just that.
“Itch? Man I need to dump myself into a vat of cortisone I’ve got the itch so bad. It’s ridiculous. And it’s the best thing I could’ve done. For so many years I was in WWE, and I was a gear in the cog of the machine up there. But I knew what we were doing at live events, I knew what we were doing on Raw and SmackDown. I know who is new. I had my finger on that environment. When I came to AEW, a lot of these people I didn’t know, some of them I never heard of before. I didn’t understand their styles, didn’t understand any of it.
“So one of the luckiest and smartest moves I think I was able to be a part of was to do ‘Elevation,’ because I really got to see the talent, understand the talent. And it’s made me more comfortable where now I really know, up here, how I settle in, how I get over, how I help the other talent, how I pull ratings and help AEW grow. I think it’s the first time in my entire career where everything is lined up. The knowledge is there, health is there, the desire is there and the opportunity is there. So I’m excited to see what’s going to happen. This is the first time in god knows how many years where I know all that’s a definitive fact.”
As for who he wants to work with, Wight mentioned Lance Archer, Kenny Omega, and Hangman Page. He also badly wants to chop Billy Gunn’s kids, because of course he does.
With fans returning to AEW shows, don’t be surprised if his first match in the company comes sooner rather than later.