As of now, many WWE superstars have found a new life in other promotions. Especially after a huge chunk of releases in the past year. The pandemic has certainly caused everyone around the world to suffer a lot. The Professional Wrestling business was one of those that kept going amidst the pandemic. They closed the doors for the audience and performed live inside a packed arena. This saw WWE, the biggest promotion out there, cut off most of its roster. Most of them have jumped elsewhere since then. One of them is Big Show, AKA Paul Wight, who wasn’t part of the release but didn’t click with his new WWE Contract. So Paul Wight made a jump to AEW and will be making his in-ring debut soon, and here is what Jim Ross has to say about it.
Jim Ross is clearly a legend in the wrestling business, who has been a wrestling commentator since 1974. Ross has clearly seen all the eras with his very own eyes. Let it be the Golden Era of Wrestling, The Attitude Era, The PG Era, or The New Era. Now he continues with the same as a part of the AEW, which is the new promotion giving a fit competition to WWE since the last time WCW gave 20 years in the past. Jim Ross had a lot to talk about the established talent that had returned to the company, including that of Paul Wight as a wrestler.
Jim Ross On Paul Wight Returning To The Ring
Recently on the latest episode of his podcast Grilling JR, Jim Ross talked about how AEW is working their things out. The company is certainly climbing the ladder of success with its already established superstars. Also with the returning ones which include the latest and biggest signee CM Punk. So with success, they are climbing. There are a few things to take note of, including building a new talent that doesn’t come from other established companies.
Jim Ross mentioned the number of experienced wrestlers, including Jerry Lynn, Dean Malenko, and Christopher Daniels, as great trainers for the AEW. Then he also mentioned the veterans who are guiding the newer stars, which includes the likes of Mark Henry, Paul Wight, and Chris Jericho. Especially Chris Jericho, who is like a mentor to five different guys at the same time. With that, Jericho’s creative mindset is another thing that comes in handy and works well at the company.
Amidst the same conversation, Jim Ross also talked about Paul Wight returning to the ring. The last time we saw him wrestling was post the main event of Wrestlemania 36. He had challenged the newly crowned WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre though he ended up losing. Since then, after a few WWE appearances, he parted ways with the company and signed in with rival Promotion AEW.
Jim Ross, on Paul Wight’s return, says he saw him quite the night Wight had a segment with QT Marshall and company. He believes Wight has constantly been losing weight and getting fit in to compete. So yes, we kind of agree with Ross; for a man like Wight at the age of 49, he has grown fairly and still can put up with the guys in the ring. So even we will be looking forward to Wight’s first match since leaving WWE.
Paul Wight made his final appearance on WWE on the Legends Night edition on Raw. It took place on January 4, 2021, and from then on, Wight parted ways with the company. Post that, both the parties couldn’t agree on financial terms on a new contract. Wight went on to cite creative frustrations as he parted ways with WWE.
Paul Wight made his official AEW debut on February 24, 2021, with his real name. Thus bidding adieu to the name Big Show he is popularly known for from WWE. He had joined Tony Schiavone on the commentary team for AEW’s YouTube show AEW Dark: Elevation, which premiered on March 15, 2021. The same time he joined the commentary team, Wight was confirmed to return to the wrestling ring as well.
Following that, Paul Wight also announced the big scoop, which turned out to be a Hall of Fame-worthy talent singing into the company. There came Chrisitan Cage, who made his AEW debut. Post-that Paul Wight got into a physical brawl for the first time. This came on the August 11, 2021 edition of Dynamite. The Factory, a stable led by QT Marshall, had begun an attack on Wight’s broadcast partner Tony Schiavone and his son. This led Wight to take the matter into his own hands to lure them away as he chokeslammed Aaron Solo.