“The Pressure Is Real” – Big Show Aka Paul Wight Reacts to Criticism From the Fans on His In-Ring Return

Published 06/25/2021, 9:50 AM EDT


WWE Legend and current AEW superstar Paul Wight (fka Big Show) has finally addressed the questions regarding his in-ring return. While he has been the World’s Largest Athlete,’ Wight remains skeptical.

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In February this year, AEW shocked the world as they signed Wight. While initially, they announced that he would be joining the commentary team of AEW Dark: Elevation, he would be back in the ring.

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The 49-year-old recently spoke to Jim Varsallone of the Miami Herald. He confessed that he feels no one would want a veteran like him in the ring anymore.

Hence, his in-ring return is a matter of immense pressure, especially considering the huge number of new home-grown AEW talents. In this situation, the only option is to work “as authentically and sincere” as possible. The critics will always be there, but Wight is hopeful.

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)

“The pressure is unreal for that because — and here’s the thing too, you know, I’ve got to look at this too, there’s a lot of incredible young talent out there and I’ve been doing this a long time.

“The only thing I can do is go out there and set the bar, an example of telling good stories, working with guys, getting guys over that I work with and getting myself over and showing people that it can be done,” he added.

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Paul Wight has lots of ideas in his mind

As we mentioned earlier, AEW believes in making its own talents. The main reason Tony Khan is bringing in many industry veterans is to help the rookies groom into the next Superstars.

Paul is in the industry since 1995, with a career spanning almost three decades. He has fought and groomed many Superstars onto their journey of superstardom. Needless to say, he is looking forward to doing the same with his new employers.

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“I’ve got all this experience and all this knowledge and if I can’t apply it in a positive way then I should hang up my boots. So yeah, the pressure is there.”

“I probably put that pressure on myself but, I think after my career — my first match was against Hulk Hogan for the world title so I think I’m okay with pressure. I respond well to it so we’ll see,” he concluded.

Who do you think his opponent in AEW will be? Let us know in the comments below.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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