Paul Wight Talks Differences Between AEW And The WWE

Pro wrestling legend and current AEW talent Paul Wight recently appeared on the official Adam's Apple YouTube channel to talk about where he is currently in his pro wrestling career and how excited he is to be working in a place like AEW.

Paul Wight said:

“It’s surreal at this stage of the game and at this stage of my career to be working in a place that’s exciting, happening, and authentic. That’s the biggest thing is there’s a lot of talent there that’s getting the chance to really explore their creativity. It’s a fun thing to be a part of.”

Paul Wight also talked about the differences between AEW and the WWE as well as how both products are amazing, but he just thinks they are different as the WWE will always be the entertainment and sports spectacle, whereas AEW is more of an authentic wrestling product.

Paul Wight said:

“I think both products are amazing, I just think they’re different products. I think WWE is always going to be that entertainment, sports spectacle. That global brand that they worked so hard to be. AEW is more of an authentic wrestling product, you know? There’s not 15-20 writers backstage in AEW.”

“If you have a promo, you have a promo, and if you have a match, you have a match.” “There’s not as much upper-level handling on what they want during the match and what they’re trying to present for the extra property they own. Even for me, I’m doing Paul Wight but I’ve never had as much freedom as I do now in AEW doing this. Before, when I was in WWE as Big Show, it was a committee to get anything done.”

Paul Wight also talked about the advice he has given to younger talents in AEW.

Paul Wight said:

“I’ve been through every battle, and every kind of angle, and every heel turn, and face turn, and heel turn again. So, you know, any time I can help some of the younger guys and gals on their journey– the business is evolving, too.” “It’s one thing I tell them, too: ‘This business is interpreted. It’s all art. We all do the same basic things in the same basic form, but you have to be human. You have to be authentic. You have to make that connection to the audience however you do it. And once you do that, it becomes a lot of fun.'”

Paul Wight then talked about the recent additions of CM Punk, Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole to AEW as well as what in particular do they bring to the table for AEW.

Paul Wight said:

“I mean, CM Punk was probably one of the best ever on the microphone. Punk’s got a lot of different styles, too.” “He was always a guy that started slow and then, by the end of his match with the false finishes and the way he put it together, you didn’t know who was going to win. Punk does things really, really old school which kind of makes it unique and brand new.”

“Daniel Bryan/Bryan Danielson is a guy that just comes with a lot of positive energy. There’s a lot of wrestling backstory, and he’s a fan of the New Japan stuff, and the lucha libre stuff, so Bryan has a very eclectic conglomeration of tastes and experience he brings. And both those guys are guys that want to help the business get better.”

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