Big Show Paul Wight reveals phone call from Vince McMahon when he joined AEW and admits he was 'scared' to leave WWE
PAUL WIGHT has revealed WWE boss Vince McMahon was one of the first to congratulate him after he joined All Elite Wrestling.
The 7ft giant, better known as The Big Show, is one of the most famous faces in the wrestling world after an epic career inside the ring.
There was no doubt the former WWE champion was a future Hall of Famer with McMahon’s company.
But he left the billionaire stunned by penning a long-term contract with AEW – following the likes of Chris Jericho, Matt Hardy and Jon Moxley in jumping ship.
Wight, 49, will both compete in the ring and commentate for the company’s new show AEW Dark: Elevation.
However, despite his signing for their rivals, Wight has revealed how McMahon actually phoned him up shortly after his AEW arrival was confirmed.
He said: “Vince actually called me the day that it was announced that I signed with AEW, wished me a lot of luck, I agree that I'm a huge asset at AEW, thank me for all the years that I worked in WWE.
“There's no animosity, there's no anger, there's no dirt, so to speak. It just came down to contract negotiations and opportunities. Let's face it, and over 20 years at WWE I have done everything there is to do and WWE.
“I needed a fresh start. For me, I think Vince understands that and understands that for me, as a talent, this was the opportunity to do that. But, you follow the rules.”
Wight continued: “I couldn't reach out to Tony Khan or AEW while I was still under contract. I came to terms with a mutual dissolution of services when I left WWE. There's no anger.
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“I needed the freedom to pursue different opportunities and when that contract came to an end, that was the thing where I took the leap of faith and hoped that my reputation and the industry in the work that I've done, would earn me a meeting with Tony Khan and just to be able to talk to him and hope that he would understand that I can be an asset for AEW.
“And when I contract expired, I had a chance to drive up to Jacksonville and Tony and I had a meeting at 10:00 at night in his office and we talked about wrestling and psychology and what I want to do in AEW and one of the big passions that I've had for a long time is getting into color commentary and trying to bring my experience from the ring.
“Just like Gorilla Monsoon or Jesse Ventura would bring to commentary to bring the talent in the ring forward and help tell the stories, and also the opportunity for me to compete with some fresh talent, some people I haven't had the opportunity to work angles with oh, some people that I can also help get better.
“Also, a new environment, a new place to work, helps reinvigorate yourself.”
Despite being the biggest man in the AEW dressing room by some distance, the huge star also admitted that it is a little scary entering the unknown.
Wight added: “Believe me, leaving WWE was a little bit scary because I had so much tenure there and so much experience and had basically already paid every due that I needed to pay in WWE.
“To leave that stock and to put a lot of faith in yourself and say, ‘hey, if you're really passionate about this and you want to do this, then you have to put your big boy pants on and give it a shot.’
“I'm very grateful and very thankful that it all worked out.”
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