Paul Wight thinks a potential one-on-one match could now happen between him and fellow giant Shaquille O’Neal saying there’s no longer red tape getting in the way.
For several years, NBA legend Shaq and Paul Wight – or Big Show in WWE – was something of a dream match to fans of giant athletes knocking lumps out of one another in the ring.
Despite persistent rumours of the match being set to take place, it never did in a WWE ring with Shaq’s one and only outing in that company being a part of the André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32. In that encounter, Shaq did come face to face with Wight but the rest of the field took advantage and eliminated both giants while they tried to take each other down.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, Paul Wight says he can see the match happening now he resides in AEW:
“I think that will happen now because there is not as much red tape. He’s already competed with Cody Rhodes. It was him and Jade Cargill vs. Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet. That was an incredible showing for Shaq, so hopefully, we’ll be able to cut some more red tape and make it happen. He’s been hitting the gym lately, Shaq is pretty big right now. He’s huge Shaq, that’s the best way of looking at it. I think he is nervous about me so he is putting on a bit of size. Whereas I am “Tall Paul” the car salesman [laughs].”
Wight then discussed what his goals are in the wrestling world, saying rather than setting targets he just takes it all as it comes:
“My bucket list? I don’t really have a bucket list. I’ve never been a guy to say ‘I’ve got to do that.’ I’m not a goal setter. I know some guys wake up every day and they have goals and checklists. I try to enjoy every day and be thankful for every day. Whether I get to go out and compete or be around the talent, it’s a good day. I’ve got some TV and movie projects on the side, so that’s all picking up speed now. I don’t have anything to complain about, I just take every day and enjoy it. But as far as opportunities go, I won’t turn anything down but the sheets. I’m like Samuel Jackson. I’ll say yes to everything. I look forward to whatever opportunities are available. After Rampage in Chicago, the wrestling world will get knocked on its ass. The scuttlebutt is true. Maybe attitude-era ish again.”
The wrestling world certainly was knocked on its backside after CM Punk debuted for AEW at Rampage in Chicago. The event marked Punk’s return to wrestling for the first time in seven years.
Both Punk and Wight will be in action at AEW All Out. Punk challenged Darby Allin during his debut while Wight goes one-on-one with the leader of The Factory, QT Marshall.