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Paul 'Big Show' Wight signs long-term deal with AEW


Former WWE and WCW World Champion Paul "Big Show" Wight is the newest addition to the AEW roster.

AEW announced on Wednesday that Wight has signed a long-term deal with the company. It was stated that Wight will have an "extensive role" within AEW. In addition to returning to the ring, Wight will be a commentator for AEW's new show "AEW Dark: Elevation."

AEW Dark: Elevation will air on AEW's YouTube channel at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Mondays. The new show is taking place in addition to AEW Dark, which will still air on Tuesdays. AEW Dark: Elevation "will showcase AEW’s established and rising stars, as well as the top independent wrestlers within the industry, competing against each other in the ring in pursuit of wins."

AEW noted that more information about AEW Dark: Elevation and Wight's signing will be announced on tonight's Dynamite. That will include Wight's commentary partner for AEW Dark: Elevation being revealed.

“It’s been amazing to watch what AEW has built in just a couple of years,” Wight said in a press release. “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.”

“Paul Wight is one of the most recognizable and impressive professional athletes in the world,” AEW CEO, GM, and Head of Creative. Tony Khan said “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,” added Khan. "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 firsthand from the commentary desk in preparation for his return to the ring!”

Wight had most recently appeared on WWE programming at Raw Legends Night last month. He last wrestled for WWE in July 2020.