The former world champion – now working under his real name Paul Wight – has joined the rival promotion, with the company confirming he will be an in-ring performer as well as commentator for new AEW Dark: Elevation.
In a statement, Wight said: ‘It’s been amazing to watch what AEW has built in just a couple of years.
‘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.’
And AEW boss Tony Khan is understandably delighted with signing one of the biggest names – no pun intended – in wrestling history.
Khan – the company’s CEO, GM and Head of Creative – commented: ‘Paul Wight is one of the most recognisable and impressive professional athletes in the world.
‘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.’
He continued: ‘Paul is one of the most experienced stars in all of wrestling, and he’s eager to work with our diverse roster.
‘He can benefit and guide our young talent with his mentorship, and his expert commentary on AEW Dark: Elevation will educate and entertain our fans, and also educate the younger wrestlers on the roster.
‘Furthermore, Paul enters AEW as a licensed wrestler, and he’s very much looking forward to studying our talent firsthand from the commentary desk in preparation for his return to the ring!’
With the likes of Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, Sting, Kenny Omega and now Paul Wight on board, the company could be ready to soar to new heights.
He leaves WWE with an incredible legacy, with his most recent world championship match coming after Drew McIntyre won the WWE Title from Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36.
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