‘Le Champion’ Chris Jericho has shared his belief that All Elite Wrestling have not signed too many WWE ‘cast-offs’ since the company made its debut in 2018.
Following the signing of former WWE Champion Paul ‘Big Show’ Wight to serve as wrestler, advisor and commentator on the company’s AEW Dark: Elevation show, AEW came under some scrutiny for the capture of yet another former World Wrestling Entertainment name.
Paul Wight follows in the footsteps of names such as Arn Anderson, Tazz, PAC, Sting, Jon Moxley, Shawn Spears, Miro, Jake Hager, Dustin Rhodes, Matt Hardy, Dax Harwood, Cash Wheeler, the late Mr. Brodie Lee, Tay Conti, Serena Deeb, Chris Jericho himself, Matt Cardona – though for a short time – and of course AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes to name only the bigger designations.
Now, Chris Jericho has joined Brandon Walker on Rasslin’ to refute the fact that the company have taken WWE’s cast-offs:
“People say to me, ‘you can’t sign all these WWE cast-offs.’ We really haven’t. If you look when there was the big purge last year, I don’t think we hired any of those guys. Nothing against them. A guy like Big Show transcends that. He’s one of the most recognizable pro wrestlers in the world. When you’re dealing with a new company, if we want to try and get a TV deal in India for example, who is on the show? Chris Jericho, we know him. Sting, we know him. Paul Wight, we know him. Those are the guys that can open the door to get people’s eyeballs on Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks, Darby [Allin], Cody, Ricky Starks. He is super valuable in that he has the one thing you can’t teach — two things, because you can’t teach someone how to be a giant — but you can’t teach someone experience.
We have a lot of big guys on our roster and Paul can help with that. He can also be very funny and charming. A motivated Paul Wight is very dangerous. He doesn’t have to wrestle every week, nor should he, but when he gets the call and wants to be there and prove what he can do, he’s one of the best big man workers who has ever lived. He’s a great signing for AEW and anyone who doesn’t know for sure will have their minds changed very quickly.”
Contrary to the statement of Chris Jericho on not snapping up any of those released by World Wrestling Entertainment in April 2020 as part of the company-wide COVID-necessitated talent cuts, AEW did sign FTR, Miro, Tay Conti and fleetingly Matt Cardona from the round of cuts.
Credit for the interview: Brandon Walker On Rasslin’
h/t for the transcription: Fightful