Chris Jericho has a lot of history with “Big Show” Paul Wight. The two are former Unified Tag Team Champions in WWE as Jeri-Show, and now they have been reunited in AEW.
Speaking with Brandon Walker on Rasslin’, Jericho talked about what an asset Wight is to AEW. He also commented that he doesn’t feel like AEW has signed many WWE cast-offs. Here is the quote, courtesy of Fightful:
“People say to me, ‘you can’t sign all these WWE cast-offs.’ We really haven’t. If you look when there was the big purge last year, I don’t think we hired any of those guys. Nothing against them. A guy like Big Show transcends that. He’s one of the most recognizable pro wrestlers in the world. When you’re dealing with a new company, if we want to try and get a TV deal in India for example, who is on the show? Chris Jericho, we know him. Sting, we know him. Paul Wight, we know him. Those are the guys that can open the door to get people’s eyeballs on Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks, Darby [Allin], Cody, Ricky Starks.
He is super valuable in that he has the one thing you can’t teach — two things, because you can’t teach someone how to be a giant — but you can’t teach someone experience. We have a lot of big guys on our roster and Paul can help with that. He can also be very funny and charming. A motivated Paul Wight is very dangerous. He doesn’t have to wrestle every week, nor should he, but when he gets the call and wants to be there and prove what he can do, he’s one of the best big man workers who has ever lived. He’s a great signing for AEW and anyone who doesn’t know for sure will have their minds changed very quickly.”
Paul Wight’s signing was announced by AEW last week as he will be part of the commentary team for the newly launched AEW Dark: Elevation.