Paul Wight Reveals Why He Left WWE

Paul Wight

Paul Wight has opened up about why he decided to leave WWE and sign with AEW in early 2021.

Paul Wight has explained why he decided to leave WWE after a two-decade run, claiming that they tried to put him in “retirement home.”

After defecting from WCW, where he portrayed The Giant, Wight joined the then-World Wrestling Federation in 1999. In a career that saw him win the company’s Grand Slam, he won the WWE Championship, the ECW Title, and the World Heavyweight Championship on two occasions.

However, as the years passed in WWE, Wight’s appearances became few and far between, and he was last seen on WWE television getting scolded by Randy Orton.

Speaking to Kenny McIntosh for issue 13 of Inside The Ropes magazine, Wight explained in-depth his reasons for choosing to seek a new challenge outside WWE.

“It was frustrating. That was one of the big battles that I had with VinceWWEW—he’s an innovator, he’s brilliant, he’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever met in my life, he understands the human dynamic—I didn’t want to be in that legends role. I kept saying, “Hey, quit trying to put me in Shady Pines. I’m not ready to be in the retirement home.” And that’s something that WWE has always done, too.”

Everything’s on the table with them. And I understand that that role was setting up what it was but it was a little bit of a humbling experience to sit on the stage and get berated for the work that you’ve done. But that’s part of what you sign a contract for. You sign a contract and you get paid to check your ego at the door. And if you don’t want to check your ego anymore, then you can leave.”

“I’ve always done everything in WWE that I was ever asked to. They signed a cheque, it’s just a job. Sometimes your boss is going to make you do things that you don’t like. The creative process with as many different creative directions that were going on, I can look through their eyes and I can understand what they’re saying.”

Paul Wight admitted that he understands that younger stars have to be accommodated but feels he had a lot left to give.

“I mean, over the past year, I was called Paul. I wasn’t called Show anyway, you know what I mean? Because in the creatives’ minds, “We’ve done everything we can do with him, it’s time to focus on younger talent.” And I agree that younger talent should be focused on, but I don’t think you have to disregard someone that still has ability and desire and a love for the industry to basically toss them aside. But that’s business. That’s the way things are done.”

“You know, there’s so many things I’ve done creatively where I was just like, “What the H-E double hockey sticks am I doing?” One of the biggest things that used to drive me nuts is I used to always have to tell everybody how big I was in my promos.”

“I said, “I’m seven-foot tall. I’m 500 pounds.” It’s like, yeah, no sh*t! It’s a smaller guy writing for bigger guys—bigger guys know how big we are. Their philosophy was, “What if you’re the champion? You tell everybody you’re the champion. You’re a giant, you tell everybody you’re a giant.” I get it, but there was a lot of my personality and wit and humour—that’s who I am— that I don’t think I ever really got to get out. And I think now is a good opportunity with AEW to let more Paul come out and have some fun with it.”

Paul Wight signed with AEW in February 2021, initially working as an announcer on AEW Dark: Elevation. He made his in-ring debut at All Out on September 5th, defeating QT Marshall.

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