Shock and AEW! Fans React to Big Show Signing with AEW

Published 02/24/2021, 1:30 PM EST


Former World Champion and WWE legend the Big Show has signed for AEW. AEW broke the internet with the announcement, as Paul Wight joins Jon Moxley, Matt Hardy, Cody Rhodes, and many other former WWE stars. Fans reacted to the news with shock and awe, while some criticized the decision.

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Big Show was one of WWE’s biggest stars

COLOGNE, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 11: Big Show during WWE Road to WrestleMania at the Lanxess Arena on February 11, 2016, in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Marc Pfitzenreuter/Getty Images)

Both physically and in terms of recognizability, Big Show is one of WWE’s biggest names. He earned the moniker of the World’s Largest Athlete in the WWE and should credit his success to Vince McMahon.

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Could Show be viewed as a traitor who left the company that gave him everything for greener pastures?

Show debuted at beginning of the Attitude Era in WWE. He interrupted Stone Cold Steve Austin’s match against Vince McMahon at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Show tossed Austin through the steel cage, giving him the win. In the 20 years following his debut, Show is a future WWE Hall of Famer and a Grand Slam Champion.

Is Paul Wight signing for AEW a troubling sign for WWE?

In 2019, Jon Moxley made his AEW debut at Double or Nothing after 7 years with the WWE. He was a Grand Slam Champion, a MITB winner, and a main event superstar.

Matt Hardy wrestled for 20 years under the WWE but left in 2020 to join AEW. Chris Jericho became one of the greatest superstars of all time in WWE but did not hesitate to join AEW once his WWE contract ended.

These signings have proven that business trumps loyalty in the wrestling industry. WWE gave the Big Show everything, including a Netflix show, but it did not stop him from joining the ‘enemy’.

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It is a worrying thought for WWE management and Vince McMahon, despite offering wrestlers the best, it is not enough to keep them with the company.

It wouldn’t be shocking if this develops into a mass exodus of superstars from St. Petersburg, Florida, to Jacksonville. This bears an eerie resemblance to WWE’s biggest stars; Randy Savage, Kevin Nash, Razor Ramon, and Hulk Hogan jumping ship to AEW.

Will any other former World Champions follow suit? Will WWE take some action to restrict superstars from joining rival companies, and knowing the cynical nature of Vince, it is entirely possible.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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