WWE legend “The Big Show” Paul Wight has jumped ship and signed a contract with All Elite Wrestling.
News of Big Show’s signing was revealed by AEW boss Tony Khan on Wednesday morning.
AEW also released a press release clarifying Big Show’s role in the company. According to the release, Big Show will be part of the commentary team for their upcoming YouTube show AEW Dark: Elevation.
“He can benefit and guide our young talent with his mentorship, and his expert commentary on AEW Dark: Elevation will educate and entertain our fans, and also educate the younger wrestlers on the roster,” Khan said in the press release. “Furthermore, Paul enters AEW as a licensed wrestler, and he’s very much looking forward to studying our talent firsthand from the commentary desk in preparation for his return to the ring!”
Show was last seen on WWE TV during the Raw Legends Night show on January 4, 2021.
Following that appearance, WWE and Big Show could not come to terms financially on a new deal, according to PWInsider.
The name “The Big Show” is owned by WWE. The name was removed form his socials sometime before the signing was made official. Going forward, Big Show will be referred to by his real name Paul Wight.
Wight joined WWE early in 1999 after a successful run with WCW in the mid ’90s. He debuted at the Valentine’s Day massacre event in February by interfering in the main event between Vince McMahon and Steve Austin. During the match, Wight burst through the mat into the ring from underneath and attempted to help McMahon win. However, in doing so, he launched Austin into the side of the cage, which forced the cage open, allowing Austin to hit the ground outside and win the match.
Wight would go on to face Mankind at WrestleMania XV the following month. He would capture the WWE Championship at Survivor Series later that year, but not before participating in a bonkers feud with Big Boss Man.