AEW continues to land big name talent to their roster and what could have been their biggest in Paul Wight, who was known to wrestling fans as Big Show in WWE and The Giant in WCW. This is huge for Tony Khan and All-Elite Wrestling, signing the former WWE Champion and one of the industry’s most legendary superstars. From what’s been reported, Wight has signed an exclusive contract with the wrestling company.
Another reason why Wight became All Elite Wrestling is because the promotion is creating another new show titled, AEW Dark: Elevation which will be premiering on Monday nights with Wight being a commentator for the program. The press release read, “As 2021 shapes up to the year for AEW’s biggest shows yet, today the promotion announced that wrestling legend Paul Wight has signed a long-term deal, adding yet another universally regarded name to AEW’s roster of stars, legends, and talent. Wight will have an extensive role within AEW, and on top of his return to the ring, he will also serve as a commentator on AEW’s newest show, called AEW Dark: Elevation.”
Complementing AEW Dark on Tuesdays, AEW Dark: Elevation will air on Mondays at 7 p.m. ET on AEW’s YouTube channel, and will showcase AEW’s established and rising stars, as well as the top independent wrestlers within the industry, competing against each other in the ring in pursuit greatness and wins. AEW Dark: Elevation will also maintain continuity with AEW Dynamite, AEW Dark, AEW pay-per-view shows and streaming events, with wins and losses factoring into each wrestler’s ranking in the company. With new wrestling programming now available three nights per week, AEW continues to solidify its position as the fastest growing and hottest promotion in professional wrestling.”
Both Paul Wight and CEO of AEW Tony Khan commented in the release about the big news.
Wight said, “It’s been amazing to watch what AEW has built in just a couple of years.” He continues, “AEW Dark is an incredible platform to hone the skills of up-and-coming wrestlers, but I also love that established AEW talent can build out their personalities and showcase themselves in new ways on Dark. It’s no exaggeration when they say that AEW is boundless.” Khan stated, “Paul Wight is one of the most recognizable and impressive athletes in the entire world.” Khan explained, “He wanted to come to AEW because he believes that we’re the best promotion in wrestling, and we believe that he has a lot to offer us, both in the ring as a wrestler, and also outside the ring as a commentator, host and ambassador for AEW.”
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