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Paul Wight Offers Update On In-Ring Future

Paul Wight celebrates in the ring

Paul Wight has given an update on his in-ring future as he recovers from a second hip replacement surgery.

After making his professional wrestling debut in May 1995, Paul Wight is very much closer to the end of his career than he his to the start.

Wight initially appeared in WCW as The Giant, winning the World Heavyweight Championship twice, as well as tag team gold before heading to WWE in early 1999. Known as the Big Show, the star again tasted World Championship glory, becoming a regular fixture on WWE television for two decades.

As a result of this lengthy run, many expected the ‘World’s Largest Athlete’ to end his career with the company. However, Wight had other ideas, moving to AEW in February 2021. Since making the switch, Wight has featured predominantly as a commentator on AEW Dark: Elevation as well as occasionally appearing in the ring.

Paul Wight was most recently in action on the March 30th edition of Dark: Elevation where he defeated Austin Green. The match marked his first outing since undergoing a second hip replacement in December.

Speaking in a new interview with Submission Radio, Wight explained that he signed with AEW to improve his skills as a commentator as he’s aware his in-ring days are coming to an end.

“I had another hip transplant in December. So, now I have two fake hips now, I have two titanium hips so I’m like Wolverine,” Wight explained. “So the focus for me has just been on rehab, physical therapy, and just getting stronger. And my thing coming over [to AEW], honestly, to be sincere, is I came over here to work on my commentary skills because that’s where my future lies in wrestling, that’s where I want to contribute to the business. But I came over to compete periodically, in small doses, like I don’t see myself running for championships, that’s not my gig.”

Expanding further, Wight explained that while he will continue to wrestle on occasion, it’s now time for the next generation to have their moment in the spotlight.

“Maybe if it works out and there’s a younger talent that I can help bring along, like a tag team championship, maybe. I’ve done my five nights a week for decades, I’ve put in my time. Now, for me, it’s about not taking anything away from the amazing AEW talent here that deserves that TV time, that deserves that opportunity to make those connections with the audience, that deserves that ability to go out and earn those pay-per-view paydays, this is their time.

And for me, I’ll pick and choose here and there, and squeeze in, and we got some stuff coming down the line that’s really cool, but this has been an incredible card that they’ve put together in an incredible sold-out venue. These talents are excited, and I’m excited to watch them.

“So, that’s the smart thing you do, like I’m never gonna be a guy that’s going to come in and bully my way and, ‘I need my dressing room, I need to be fighting for the title.’ That’s not my MO. I want the business to do well and I want the talent around me to do well, and I’ll be okay.”

Since joining AEW, Paul Wight has only wrestled away from Dark: Elevation once. On that occasion he made short work of QT Marshall at All Out in his first match with the company.

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.