Paul Wight–formerly known as the Big Show in WWE–made waves in the world of wrestling last week when it was announced he would be signing with All Elite Wrestling. Cody Rhodes believes he could be doing more for the company in the future, outside of his commentary duties.
During a media call for the AEW Revolution PPV, which takes place on Sunday, March 7, Rhodes discussed Wight’s signing on with the company. “I do think there’s a match, or two, or three or four and that’s just me personally because I know he’s able to still go at a high level,” explained Rhodes. “But from a management standpoint, I’m most excited about him just being in our locker room.”
Wight will be doing commentary for the upcoming show AEW: Elevation, which debuts on March 15 on AEW’s YouTube channel. Getting Wight to sign on wasn’t difficult. “There wasn’t a long negotiation process simply because he wants to be here,” Rhodes said. “Very much so. And he wants to be here in a different capacity, as far as announcing and commentary goes with Elevation.”
However, Wight comes to AEW with more than his voice and insight. He can be very helpful backstage with his decades of experience. “We have so many young people who are now all of a sudden famous,” explained Rhodes. “Nobody knew who Britt Baker, Sammy Guevara, MJF, or Ricky Starks really were a few years ago, and now they’re emerging on cable and across WarnerMedia, and they’re the future of wrestling. They’re all very important to me, and someone like Paul–not unlike how Sting has been–someone like that is really good to keep people grounded. To keep things in perspective, Paul Wight has has more to give. And he’s going to give it, and he’s going to give it to AEW.”
Wight will kick off his new role on AEW Elevation. As for Rhodes, he’ll be appearing at the Revolution PPV in a match vs. Scorpio Sky, Pénta El Zero M (Pentagón Jr.), Lance Archer, Dark Order’s 10 or Max Caster (depending on who wins a match on the March 3 episode of Dynamite), and one more unannounced wrestler. The winner of this ladder match will get a TNT Championship bout in the future.