Paul Wight has confirmed that early in his career he was able to perform a Moonsault, although he was immediately told never to do it again.
Despite his incredible size, and being positioned as the ‘new Andre The Giant,’ early in his career, Paul Wight was anything but the traditional ‘big man.’ During his time in WCW, Wight often performed both standing and Missile Dropkick’s, and could famously do a kip-up, something unheard of for a man of is stature.
On top of this, it was always said that the man known as The Giant was also able to perform a Moonsault, although that never saw the light of day on television.
However, speaking in a new interview, Wight confirmed that he did once perform a Moonsault in the ring. Not that he was ever able allowed to do it again. In conversation with Shakiel Mahjouri of ET Canada, Wight revealed that he performed the move in Japan, although it wasn’t in an official match.
“Totally true,” he said. “It’s probably gone by now. That was done probably with VHS tape it was so long ago that hung around the training room… I had athleticism that was crazy for someone of my size in the game. I could do kip-ups, I could do dropkicks, dropkicks off the top. I could do a Moonsault. Believe it or not, the way the industry was then — because it was still transitioning — nobody really knew what to do with me because I was unlike anything anyone had seen before.”
“There were rumours of me doing it in Japan,” Wight continued. “It wasn’t in a match. It was screwing around the afternoon. Then I was told immediately not to do it ever again if I wanted to continue working world. I was thinking, ‘Japan is a great place to break it out. Here we go.’ It was shut down immediately by those that had the creative control.”
After debuting in WCW in 1995, Wight won the World Heavyweight Championship and feuded with the likes of Hulk Hogan and Goldberg before heading to the WWF in early 1999.
Wight remained with the company for the next 22 years, winning multiple World Championship’s and sharing the ring with some of the biggest names in history including Steve Austin, The Rock and Brock Lesnar to name a few.
The star moved to AEW in February 2021 where he has mainly worked as an announcer on AEW Dark: Elevation. Wight last wrestled on March 30th 2022 where he defeated Austin Green.