“I’ll Never Main Event a WrestleMania”- Paul Wight AKA Big Show Details a Hurtful Conversation With WWE

Published 03/12/2021, 7:15 AM EST


Paul Wight got a warm reception when he made his big debut in AEW last week. The wrestling legend, formerly known as Big Show in WWE, is set to make the most of his new career path. While he will soon become a part of the commentary team, he also hopes to wrestle again. 

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There was not a lot of heat coming in from WWE about this signing, and there was a fog of confusion surrounding his departure from the company that he was part of for over 20 years. 

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Apparently, Wight’s contract had run out, but that wasn’t the only motivation for him to try greener grass. The former World Heavyweight Champion revealed that WWE had absolutely no plans for him at any big stage for the rest of his career there. 

“I got the speech five years ago which was a pretty bad speech,” revealed Wight, speaking on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette. “I got called into a Talent Relations office and got told that I will never main event a WrestleMania again, I will never main event a pay-per-view again, and I’ll only be used to get over NXT talent.” 

“That was said to my face. There’s your f***ing inspiration, now go work. Vince didn’t say that to me, it wasn’t him. But nothing gets said to you without you know, where it comes from,” said Wight. “So it hurt a little bit, I was like, ‘Really? That’s where we’re at?’ Because they had to think about the future.”

Paul Wight joked about WWE’s lack of plans for him with Vince McMahon

The big man recalled the time he led an unhealthy lifestyle and had a weight over the recommended limit. Even then, he had a title on him. He then compared it to where he is now, in perfect shape with abs, and WWE didn’t have any plans for him. 

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“And then I got into shape and had the abs. I made the joke to Vince, ‘When I used to chain-smoke two packs of cigarettes a day and drank Jack Daniel’s like water and weighed 500 pounds, I was a f***ing world champion. I got abs and I can’t get a fuc*ing match.’”

Tony Khan did admit that for now, Paul Wight will be in a commentary role, but he hopes that the giant will enter the ring again soon and wrestle like he did as a top talent in WWE. 

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Show himself intends to show his former employers that he has not lost it, and we may get to see the early 2000s demolitions expert return one last time. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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