In one of the biggest (literally!) promotional jumps since the Monday Night Wars, All Elite Wrestling have announced the signing of The Big Show.
AEW President Tony Khan has confirmed the arrival of Paul Wight, known as The Giant in WCW from 1995-1999 and The Big Show in WWE from 1999 up until now.
In a statement, the promotion announced: “As 2021 shapes up to be the year for AEW’s biggest shows yet, today the promotion announced that wrestling legend Paul Wight signed a long-term deal, adding yet another universally regarded name to AEW’s roster of stars, legends, and upcoming talent.
“Wight will have an extensive role within AEW, and on top of his return to the ring, he will serve as a commentator on AEW’s newest show, AEW Dark: Elevation.
“Complementing AEW Dark on Tuesdays, AEW Dark: Elevation will air on Mondays at 7 p.m. ET on AEW’s YouTube channel and will showcase AEW’s established and rising stars, as well as the top independent wrestlers within the industry, competing against each other in the ring in pursuit of wins. AEW Dark: Elevation will also maintain continuity with AEW DYNAMITE, AEW Dark, AEW pay-per-view shows and streaming events, with wins and losses factoring into each wrestler’s ranking in the company.”
“It’s been amazing to watch what AEW has built in just a couple of years,” said Wight.
“AEW Dark is an incredible platform to hone the skills of up-and-coming wrestlers, but I also love that established AEW talent can build out their personalities and showcase themselves in new ways on Dark. It’s no exaggeration when they say that AEW is boundless.”
“Paul Wight is one of the most recognizable and impressive professional athletes in the world,” said Tony Khan.
“He wanted to come to AEW because he believes that we’re the best promotion in wrestling, and we believe that he has a lot to offer
us, both in the ring as a wrestler, and also outside the ring as a commentator, host and ambassador for AEW.”
The timing of this signing, little over a week before Shaquille O’Neill is due to make his in-ring AEW debut, will inevitably lead to fans pairing them together for a confrontation in the near future.