Few imagined that a superstar like Big Show would leave WWE one day to join the newly formed All Elite Wrestling. He officially announced his transfer about a couple of weeks ago, causing dismay among both fans and professionals.
During his long tenure in the Stamford-based federation, the seven-time world champion stood out as one of the best wrestlers of his generation, as well as participating in the WrestleMania main event in 2000. Outside of wrestling, Paul Wight (his real name) has appeared in numerous films and television series such as Waterboy, Star Trek: Enterprise, Royal Pains, Psych, Burn Notice, and in the Netflix series' The Big Show.
Show' Interviewed by the media shortly after the AEW Revolution pay-per-view ended, Big Show revealed the main differences between AEW and WWE stars.
AEW stars that Paul Wight aka Big Show worked within WWE
"The atmosphere in the locker room is completely different.
I think that every time you start over in a new context, you will automatically have a refreshing feeling, even more so in a place like this. Here there is a great deal of respect for talent and dedication. This is the hub of professional wrestling, never forget that it's about entertainment first and foremost.
The goal is to build a locker room where there are no guys trampling each other to get a better position. You want a roster where everyone tries to improve each other to showcase the best possible product for fans. I love that kind of environment.
I haven't seen a locker room with this kind of energy for many years now,” Big Show said. In recent times, AEW has hired several former WWE superstars into its ranks. The likes of Billy Gunn, Cody Rhodes, Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho, Miro, Matt Hardy and the latest signing Christian Cage all shared the ring with Big Show under the Vince McMahon brand.
While speaking in the media scrum post-AEW Revolution, Paul Wight said that his partnership with Special Olympics is "very dear" to his heart. "That's one of the things that I was fortunate enough of being WWE for so long, as I got to build some great community relationships and some great partnerships.
One of the partnerships that are very dear to my heart is Special Olympics, and that's one of the conversations I had with Tony (Khan) coming over, I said 'Look, I know it's going to be awkward, but I'm still going to be involved with Special Olympics', even though that's kind of a brand that's teamed in wrestling with WWE.
And I think everybody involved - WWE, Special Olympics and AEW, understands my passion and commitment to Special Olympics, so that's not a problem going forward. That's one thing about Tony, Tony understands what I bring to the table.
I can only help AEW's product by getting involved with community projects which I care about and going forward with that. And plus there's a lot of opportunity for me, now that I'm building - in essence, we're building the Paul Wight brand - so I get a chance to do a lot of positive things with my own brand for things in the future as well."