While speaking with Renee Paquette on her Oral Sessions podcast, new All Elite Wrestling (AEW) signing Paul Wight opened up about meeting fellow former WWE Champion Hulk Hogan for the first time.
Paul Wight explained after seeing him for the first time, Hulk Hogan ‘got moist’, and said that the former WWE Superstar looked like Andre The Giant, which is how he got started in wrestling:
“Mine was doing the morning drive with Danny Bonaduce in Chicago. So, we went in to do the show. And I told him I had always love wrestling. Maybe I could be one of those guys that could get beat up. And he said ‘oh I know Hulk Hogan! I’m doing this thing with Hogan and Mr. T. You can be my wringer!’ I said okay. It was at a Chicago Wolves game at halftime; Mr. T and Hulk Hogan vs. Danny Bonaduce and a secret partner. I think it was for charity thing. So Danny introduced me to Hulk that night.”
“It was funny cause I guess Hogan had seen me earlier in the crowd. He was elbowing Linda in the crowd saying ‘he looks like Andre!’ Hogan got moist immediately. Then he found out I was an athlete and I wanted to wrestle. I did the worse thing you could do which is an impersonation of a wrestler. Luckily for me it worked out. So I flew down to Atlanta to meet Eric Bischoff, and they offered me $700 a week to work at the Power Plant. And I was just blown away.”
During the same interview, Paul Wight also opened up about being told that he would never main event WrestleMania or any other WWE pay-per-view again, which you can read about by clicking here.
Thanks to WrestlingInc for the transcription.