All Elite Wrestling has confirmed the signing of WWE legend Paul Wight on a long-term deal.
Performing under the name 'The Big Show', Wight joined the WWE from WCW in 1999 and is a five-time World Champion (WWE, World Heavyweight and ECW). The 49-year-old was last see on Monday Night Raw on Legends Night in January.
Wight joins AEW to resume his in-ring career while also undertaking a commentator's position for the promotion's newest show, AEW Dark: Elevation.
In a press release, Wight said: “It’s been amazing to watch what AEW has built in just a couple of years. 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.”
CEO and head of creative for AEW Tony Khan said: “Paul Wight is one of the most recognizable and impressive professional athletes in the world. 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.
“Paul is one of the most experienced stars in all of wrestling, and he’s eager to work with our diverse roster. He can benefit and guide our young talent with his mentorship, and his expert commentary on AEW Dark: Elevation will educate and entertain our fans, and also educate the younger wrestlers on the roster. Furthermore, Paul enters AEW as a licensed wrestler, and he’s very much looking forward to studying our talent first-hand from the commentary desk in preparation for his return to the ring!”
Rumours regarding the future of the 'The Big Show' were heightened after he was moved to the alumni section of WWE.com earlier this week.