All Elite Wrestling has announced that the Big Show – longtime professional wrestler – has decided to join the Jacksonville, Florida-based promotion. Thus, Paul Wight is going to be parting ways from WWE.
AEW President and CEO, Tony Khan, has announced that the Big Show is coming to All Elite Wrestling. He is the son of Jacksonville Jaguars owned by Shad Khan.
Wight is 49 years old 7-footer who is often compared to the Andre the Giant. He made his last appearance on Raw on the 4th of Jan, 2021. He was part of the legends Night.
As per the WWE Encyclopedia, Wight started wrestling for the World Championship Wrestling promotion back in 2005. He went on to win the WCW heavyweight championship twice and then made his move to WWE in 1999. He also won the WWE heavyweight title and found his way in promoting Extreme Championship Wrestling. In 2006, he became the first wrestler ever to have won WCW, WWE, AND ECW titles.
In his official statement, Wight says: “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.”
On 19th Feb, 2021, WWE shifted his profile to its Alumni section. The wrestler also changed his name on Instagram – it shows his legal name now.
Other wrestlers who’ve left WWE in the recent years are Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose), Brodie Lee (Luke Harper), Shawn Spears (Tye Dillinger), Dax Harwood (Scott Dawson) and Cash Wheeler (Dash Wilder).
All Elite Wrestling also has former WWE stars like Dustin Rhodes, Brandi Rhodes, Cody, Billy Gunn, Chris Jericho, Trent, Jake Hager and Lance Archer. Former wrestlers Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard – who were initially members of the Four Horseman group – are also involved in AEW.
Tony Khan has also made a statement on Paul Wight’s move to AEW. He said that he is one of the most recognizable and impressive athletes in the world, and that Paul wanted to join AEW as the company knows how to best promote wrestling and Paul believes that he can offer a lot to the company – not just in the ring, but also at the commentary. He can be a great host and ambassador for the company.
Jacksonville has a promising history of professional wrestling, especially the work done under the umbrella of the National Wrestling Alliance. Former pro wrestler Don Curtis has hosted countless matches in the Civic Auditorium in Jacksonville as a member of the NWA’s Florida-based promotion.
The AEW will promote several matches on March 3 as part of its live episode of “AEW Dyamite”. It is reported that Shaquille O’Neal – the 14-time NBA all-star player – is all set to fight Cody Rhodes at Daily’s Place. This is an amphitheater in downtown Jacksonville.
The event will only have 15% capacity and fans can buy their tickets from AEWTIX.com; the tickets start from $20.
Are you a fan of Big Show? Will you miss watching him in WWE? He has given his career best matches against Rey Mysterio and John Cena. It was honestly a pleasure watching him on screen – his matches are excellent! As fans of the medium, we’re saddened to find out about his departure, but we wish him the best for his future.
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