“They Did a Lot for Big Show” – Kurt Angle Reacts to Paul Wight Leaving WWE to Join AEW

Published 03/05/2021, 6:30 AM EST


Paul Wight fka The Big Show in WWE turned the wrestling world upside down last week when the announcement of his AEW signing came out. No one could believe the news, not even WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle. After all, WWE’s resident giant leaving was something never thought of.

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Kurt Angle says he never thought the Big Show would leave WWE

The 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist recently talked about the Big Show leaving WWE on the latest episode of The Kurt Angle Show. Angle revealed that he always believed the Big Show would be in WWE for life. In fact, he also stated how Vince McMahon has supported the ‘World’s Largest Athlete’ in his tough times.

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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)

He said, “I always thought that Paul would be with the WWE for the rest of his life. I mean, they treat him really well. They did a lot for Big Show. You know, when he quit and went to be a boxer, he lost a bunch of money; Vince helped him out a little bit and got him back in the game.

“There are a lot of things that occurred that, you know, Vince McMahon showed his loyalty to Big Show, and Big Show showed it back, no doubt about it.” continued Angle.

Another reason Kurt Angle thought of Big Show being a WWE-lifer is his Netflix Show. Angle thought WWE produced the series, and that’d be enough for Show to stay with the company forever. But he was wrong!

Angle weighs in on the reason behind Big Show’s AEW signing

The ‘Olympic Hero’ also discussed a potential reason the Big Show left WWE. He cited the Giant may have felt underappreciated in the WWE over the past few years. Especially, with the kind of on-screen treatment he received.

Angle said, “They’ve had him, you know, they humbled him quite a bit, having his job out here and there, you know, tuck his tails between his legs and walk away. So, I understand why he was frustrated, but I thought he would be with the company forever, with the WWE. But you know what, if he is happy, I’m happy.” H/t Sportskeeda

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Just as Angle said, if Paul Wight is happy, there is no reason for fans to be salty about it. The Big Show did everything possible in the WWE, and AEW must be that one door he wants to knock before calling it a career.

Paul Wight rose to fame as ‘The Giant’ in WCW on TNT over 25 years ago. Now, he’s back on TNT as the newest addition to AEW. What do you think Paul Wight will do in AEW? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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