Paul Wight says that he’s “got the itch so bad” to return to the ring.
Wight hasn’t wrestled since being defeated by Randy Orton on the July 20th episode of Monday Night RAW last year. However, the landscape for Wight and wrestling in general, has changed immeasurably since then.
In February, White left WWE after more than 20 years with the company and signed with AEW. In his new home Wight can be found commentating on AEW Dark: Elevation alongside Tony Schiavone. Despite his role as an announcer, White hasn’t ruled out a return to the ring.
Appearing on a recent episode of Busted Open Radio, Wight was asked about stepping back inside the ropes, adding that working on Dark: Elevation has renewed his desire to wrestle again.
“Itch? Man I need to dump myself into a vat of cortisone I’ve got the itch so bad,” Wight joked. “It’s ridiculous. And it’s the best thing I could’ve done. For so many years I was in WWE, and I was a gear in the cog of the machine up there. But I knew what we were doing at live events, I knew what we were doing on RAW and Smackdown. I know who is new. I had my finger on that environment. When I came to AEW, a lot of these people I didn’t know, some of them I never heard of before. I didn’t understand their styles, didn’t understand any of it.”
Wight continued, describing the decision to work on Dark: Elevation as one of the smartest moves he’s ever made.
“So one of the luckiest and smartest moves I think I was able to be a part of was to do Elevation, because I really got to see the talent, understand the talent. And it’s made me more comfortable where now I really know, up here, how I settle in, how I get over, how I help the other talent, how I pull ratings and help AEW grow. I think it’s the first time in my entire career where everything is lined up. The knowledge is there, health is there, the desire is there and the opportunity is there. So I’m excited to see what’s going to happen. This is the first time in god knows how many years where I know all that’s a definitive fact.”
Wight went on to list a number of names who he feels he could work with should he get back in the ring.
“There’s a lot of talent,” Wight said. “There’s a lot of guys I’m looking forward to working with too. Lance Hoyt (Archer), I’m looking forward to working with him, the Murderhawk. I’d love a run with Kenny Omega. I think Kenny Omega and I could definitely have a lot of fun. Jericho’s there. Hangman Adam Page looks like he’d be a lot of fun to work with. Then I’ve got Billy’s kids that are there, Austin and Colten. So I just got to get in the ring with them so I can chop the ever loving s–t out of them. Just because, you know?”
Speaking after making the move to AEW, Wight opened up about his decision to leave WWE. Wight described how he was told that his career would be winding down and he wouldn’t be featured prominently again.
The veteran lamented the comments saying that “when I chain-smoked two f***ing packs of cigarettes a day, drank Jack Daniel’s like water and weighed 500lbs: I was a f***ing World Champion. I got abs; I can’t get a f***ing match now.”
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.