Former WWE Superstar Paul Wight used to be known as Big Show in the WWE. He spent more than twenty years there before he decided to take his skills elsewhere. He signed with AEW last year and has been working there since then.

The backstage environments in WWE and AEW are undoubtedly different. As a few former WWE Superstars have mentioned in the past. Both companies have their own ideals as to how they conduct their work.

On top of that, both companies also have their own methods when it comes to delivering their products to fans and many fans are simply tired of what WWE does.

While speaking on The Rob Brown Show, Paul Wight talked about the differences between WWE and AEW. Wight stated that WWE is more soap opera based than AEW.


“WWE is always going to be that more storyline-based, soap-opera driven type wrestling with high productions and all the effort they put into character backstage promos and development. And then AEW, we’re kind of cut and dry, to the point. Our characters that talk are guys that have important things to say and a lot of the stuff we do is right in the middle of the ring.

I mean, you go out and you watch a kid like Dante Martin compete, or Rey Fenix. You see these guys in the ring and I’ve never seen anything like Rey Fenix or Dante Martin. I’ve been around a long time and I’ve seen some of the best high flyers ever, and I’ve never seen anything like Dante Martin and Rey Fenix.

They’re compelling to watch and it’s different. It’s a different style and it’s a different type of programming we offer at AEW. That’s great for the fans because now the fans have the opportunity to choose. The more the merrier. When you’re only given one product, no matter how good that product may be, it doesn’t give room for growth, you know what I mean? It becomes very isolated, and that’s the one thing about AEW. There are so many different characters. There are so many different ways to express. There are so many options to have fans find a character that they can connect with, you know?

Whether it’s MJF, who is like the little pr-ck you want to wring his neck in his Burberry scarf, you know? Or, you know, you see a guy like Bryan Danielson who goes out there and just tears the house down with some of the best technical wrestling going today.”

Paul Wight also recently said that he wants to wrestle in his hometown on next week’s episode of AEW Dynamite. We’ll have to see if that will end up becoming a reality or not.

h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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