Paul Wight Reveals Conversation With WWE's Vince McMahon After Signing For AEW
'The Big Show' worked for McMahon for 22 years
Paul Wight has revealed WWE chairman, and former boss, Vince McMahon phoned and congratulated him on his move to All Elite Wrestling.
Wight joined AEW two weeks ago following the expiration of his WWE contract, having spent 22 years in McMahon's promotion, with his last appearance for WWE coming in early January at Raw Legends night.
With WWE not confirming the former 'Big Show' as departing the company on their own channels, speculation on social media indicated that there was issues between Wight and his former employer, something the 49-year-old has denied.
Speaking in the media scrum following AEW Revolution 2021 on Sunday evening, Wight revealed McMahon had reached out following the announcement he had joined AEW, congratulated him on the move and thanked him for his hard work during his time in WWE.
Wight said: "Here's the thing, Vince actually called me the day it was announced that I signed with AEW, wished me a lot of luck, agreed that I'm a big asset to AEW and thanked me for all the years I worked in WWE. There's no animosity, there's no anger, there's no dirt, so to speak.
"This just came down to, you know, contract negotiations and opportunities. Let's face it, over 20 years in WWE, I have done everything there is to do, in WWE. I needed a fresh start, and for me, Vince understands that and understands me as a talent, and this was an opportunity for me to do that."
Wight would also indicate that he only reached out to AEW and Tony Khan about potentially joining the company after his deal with WWE had expired.
Wight has signed for AEW as an in-ring performer and as the co-commentator for their new show, AEW Dark: Elevation.
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