Paul Wight, the former Big Show, has revealed why he’s barely wrestled since joining All Elite Wrestling (AEW) in February 2021.
Wight has only had four matches, three of which were on Dark: Elevation, with the only one on a notable show being his win over QT Marshall at last year’s All Out.
He is an announcer every week on Elevation, but hasn’t been seen or mentioned on Dynamite or Rampage for several months either.
Opening up about the situation on Submission Radio, Wight explained:
“Well, to be honest, what we’ve been doing is I had another hip transplant in December. So now I have two fake hips now, two titanium hips. So I’m like Wolverine. The process for me has been rehab, physical therapy, to get stronger, My thing coming (to AEW), honestly, to be sincere is I came over here to work on my commentary skills because that’s where my future lies in wrestling, that’s where I want to contribute the business. I came over to compete periodically in small dosages and I don’t see myself running for championships. That’s not my gig. Maybe if it works out and there’s a younger talent that I can help bring along like a Tag Team Championship, maybe. I’ve done my five nights a week for four decades, I put in my time.
“Now, for me, it’s about not taking anything away from the amazing AEW talent here that deserves that TV time that deserves that opportunity to make those connections with the audience that deserves that ability to go out and earn those pay-per-view paydays. This is their time. For me, I’ll pick and choose here and there, squeeze in, and we got some stuff coming down the line that’s really cool. But this has been an incredible (Double or Nothing) card they put together an incredible sold-out venue. You know, these talents are excited, and I’m excited to watch them. I’m never going to be a guy that’s going to come in and bully my way and ‘I need my own dressing room. I need my I need to be fighting for the title.’ That’s not my MO. I want the business to do well. I want the talent around me to do well. I’ll be okay.”
Wight’s broadcast partner on Elevation is Mark Henry, who is also a backstage interview on AEW Rampage.
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