According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, Paul ‘Big Show’ Wight and World Wrestling Entertainment were unable to come to financial terms on a new contract.
On February 24, All Elite Wrestling announced that the former WWE Champion had been signed to a long-term contract where he would serve as commentator alongside Tony Schiavone on the company’s brand new AEW Dark: Elevation YouTube series.
While the news came as a shock to many in the professional wrestling world, especially considering Big Show had been a WWE employee for twenty one years after jumping ship from WCW in 1999, the website did note that Wight had made his unhappiness surrounding his usage and subsequent contract very clear when he made his final WWE appearance on January 4 during the company’s Monday Night Raw: Legends Night.
Unable to come to financial terms on a brand new contract, World Wrestling Entertainment allowed the star’s existing contract to expire and quietly moved his online profile to their alumni section on WWE.com.
Big Show’s last major contribution to WWE television came the night after WWE Clash of Champions when Randy Orton attacked him, Ric Flair, Christian and Shawn Michaels with night vision goggles for aiding Drew McIntyre in his victory over him the previous evening.
Prior to his backstage appearance, Big Show had challenged Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship after WrestleMania 36 went off the air. The bout was shown the following evening on Monday Night Raw but was a vehicle to promote the star’s Big Show Show series on Netflix which premiered twenty four hours later.
After portraying The Giant in World Championship Wrestling for several years, Paul Wight made the transition to the then WWF in 1999 where he made his debut as Vince McMahon’s backup at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: In Your House in the boss’ main event steel cage clash with Stone Cold Steve Austin.