Eric Bischoff Reflects On Paul Wight's Early Days As The Giant In WCW, Getting Backstage Heat For Spot In A Match


Eric Bischoff reflected on the agility and athleticism of Paul Wight during his early days as The Giant in World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

During a recent edition of his 83 Weeks podcast, the former WCW Executive Vice President and WWE Hall of Fame legend spoke about Wight's early days in WCW and how he once got heat backstage for delivering a dropkick in a match.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the show.

On how athletic and agile Paul Wight was in WCW: "I loved every bit of it, and it certainly is a testament to how hard Paul Wight worked, and how much natural talent Paul Wight had. He was very eager at this point. He was an open book. He listened. He tried to learn, and he did a great job. He was a phenomenal athlete. If you think watching a 6 foot 10 guy do a dropkick is impressive, you should see him do a kip-up, which is something that generally only gymnasts can do. Little f**kers that weigh about 140 pounds. They can do kip-ups pretty well. You get a guy that weighs whatever he weighed at the time, 450 pounds, 6 foot 10, be able to do a kip-up, a legitimate kip-up, was mind-boggling."

On Wight getting heat backstage for delivering a dropkick: "What’s interesting about this, is Giant actually got a little heat backstage for doing that dropkick. There was a lot of people that were like, ‘What? You’re killing your giant gimmick. You’re doing stuff that Eddie Guerrero does. Or guys that are 220 pounds do. You’re a giant, work like a giant. Giants don’t dropkick.’ That was a big conversation backstage. I was kind of stuck in the middle of it. I thought, traditionally yes, that would be right, you want to see a big giant be a big giant. You know, ‘don’t go down … … build up to it over weeks or months or years. Don’t go off your feet, you know, and by all means, don’t go do a f**king dropkick. Or a kip-up. Even though you can, don’t do it because it’ll kill your gimmick.’ There was a lot of that conversation backstage."

Check out the complete episode of the podcast at WestwoodOnePodcasts.com. H/T to Fightful.com for transcribing the above quotes.

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