Paul Wight, formerly The Big Show in WWE has divulged his frustrations at the company not promoting his crossover Netflix hit ‘The Big Show Show.’
Wight starred in the series playing a fictional version of himself as a wrestler winding down his career. The ten-episode season began airing on the 6th of April 2020.
Speaking to Chris Jericho on the Talk Is Jericho podcast, Wight lamented the lack of WWE support for the show. Wight also revealed that despite being the star of the show, he was not involved in negotiations for his work.
“I didn’t get to negotiate what I made for it, I didn’t have my own parking spot. [It was a WWE deal], of course. I had to park in the visitor lot and they had to come get me in the golf cart. The show has my name, but Dr. Phil had a parking spot in one of the buildings I rented because it was between Netflix and WWE, not me. ‘You can’t have a drive on.’ Thanks. Classic, ‘here’s this great opportunity, but remember who you are and where your place is.'”
“We didn’t get renewed by Netflix and that was a partnership between Netflix and WWE. It was one of those things where, if things would’ve been different and timing…we really didn’t get promoted. WWE was supposed to promote it, but they were in a mad panic trying to figure out where to put WrestleMania and COVID and all this other stuff. We had a billboard in Times Square, but Times Square was shut down due to COVID and no one saw it. I’m still grateful for all the people who saw it and thanked me. I have a whole new demographic now from people who loved me on the show.”
The series ended after a Christmas special that aired on December 9th, 2020. Since then Wight has shocked the wrestling world by signing a deal with AEW. Wight debuted for the company in February 2021.
Paul Wight also gave his insight into another potential business deal that WWE scuppered – The Big Show burger.