Paul Wight, also known as The Big Show, details phone call with WWE chairman Vince McMahon on the same day AEW announced his signing
Paul Wight has revealed Vince McMahon wished him good luck over the phone on the day he signed for AEW.
The 49-year-old, who was known as The Big Show for 22 years in WWE, put pen-to-paper on a long-term deal with AEW last month.
Wight insists there is no hard feelings towards WWE or the company’s chairman McMahon.
He said: “Vince actually called me the day that it was announced that I signed with AEW. He wished me a lot of luck, agreed that I’m a huge asset at AEW and thanked me for all the years that I worked in WWE.
“There’s no animosity, there’s no anger, there’s no dirt, so to speak. It just came down to contract negotiations and opportunities. Let’s face it, in over 20 years at WWE, I have done everything there is to do.
“I needed a fresh start. For me, I think Vince understands that and understands that for me, as a talent, this was the opportunity to do that. But you follow the rules.”
While Wight will be wrestling in AEW, he will also be part of the commentary team, alongside Tony Schiavone, for the company’s brand new show, AEW Dark: Elevation.
Wight, a four-time world champion in WWE, continued: “I couldn’t reach out to [AEW president] Tony Khan or AEW while I was still under contract. I came to terms with a mutual dissolution of services when I left WWE. There’s no anger.
“I needed the freedom to pursue different opportunities and when that contract came to an end, I took the leap of faith.
“I hoped that my reputation, and the industry in the work that I’ve done, would earn me a meeting with Tony Khan and just to be able to talk to him and hope that he would understand that I can be an asset for AEW.
“And when my contract expired, I had a chance to drive up to Jacksonville and Tony and I had a meeting at 10pm in his office.
“We talked about wrestling and psychology and what I want to do in AEW and one of the big passions that I’ve had for a long time is getting into colour commentary and trying to bring my experience from the ring.”