AEW’s Paul Wight, fka the Big Show, has commented on his recent video appearance on WWE Raw.
Wight was one of several AEW stars who sent video messages to WWE celebrating 20 years of John Cena. The message aired live on the June 27 edition of WWE Raw, exactly 20 years after John Cena’s ‘official’ WWE debut on SmackDown in 2002.
In an interview with Sportskeeda, Wight reflected on his rivalries with the 16 time World Champion.
Thankful that WWE and AEW allowed him to be part of Cena’s celebrations, Wight said:
“Like I said, it’s still a business. I worked with John Cena, you know, probably for 20+ years. You know, I was instrumental in the beginning of his career, and throughout my career, I had a lot of incredible battles with John Cena all over the world.
“I used to make a joke that every five months, it was time for Big Show and John Cena to fight again. I mean, we were great at the David and Goliath spectacle, and he was such a superhero. I was able to be a great monster for him to battle with and people enjoyed it. So that was a cool situation.
“I’m glad that WWE gave me the opportunity to say thank you to John. It’s really cool of Tony Khan, to allow his contracted talent to appear on another show to say thanks. This shows a lot of class, I think on both companies.
“You know, it’s great to be competitive. At the same time, the talent involved are also human beings. I have a lot of friends still in WWE. So it’s nice to be able to, in an appropriate way, pay homage to a friend that’s had an amazing career. Don’t get me wrong, we still want to kick their ass and ratings, but, I wouldn’t expect anything less from them.”
Bryan Danielson and Chris Jericho were the other AEW stars who made appearances on that episode of WWE Raw. Mark Henry also filmed a message that never made it to air.
AEW President Tony Khan has confirmed that WWE approached him about the appearances, and he let the talents decide if they wanted to send videos over.
Following the brief crossover, and AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door, Khan has stated that he’d be open to talking with WWE about a full blown crossover event.
Wight last wrestled during an AEW Dark: Elevation taping in late March. Stay up to date with AEW win/loss records for 2022 using our tracker at this link.
Transcription via Fightful.
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