WWE legend Paul “Big Show” Wight hinted at a possible move to the commentary booth once his in-ring career comes to an official end during an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso.
“That’s definitely a possibility,” Wight said. “That’s something I’ve discussed quite heavily with Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and JBL. I need to sit down with Vince and Hunter to see what’s next for the Big Show.”
Wight, who has made sporadic appearances for WWE over the past year and is currently rehabbing from hip surgery, noted that a move to commentary would be an easy transition for him, especially as someone who excelled at being a monster presence used primarily to “help get the talent over.”
“Vince is all about giving opportunity, and Hunter is, too,” said Big Show, who is currently rehabbing from hip surgery. “Doing color commentary to help get the talent over is not something I’m opposed to doing. I could speak from my experience, but my number one goal would be to highlight why you should pay attention to what you are seeing in the ring.”
WWE has relied primarily on former in-ring superstars as color commentators dating back to the company’s global expansion in the 1980s, which most notably included Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, as well as Jerry “The King” Lawler in the ’90s and 2000s, among numerous others.
Monday Night RAW and SmackDown Live’s current broadcast teams include former NXT superstars Corey Graves (both shows) and Byron Saxton (SmackDown), as well as WWE Hall of Famer Booker T (RAW).
“The Big Show” is one of pro wrestling’s most recognizable figures given his large size and statue and equally impressive longevity in the industry since debuting as a main event attraction for WCW in 1995.
During his 22-year career, Wight has won seven World Championships, 11 tag-team titles and was the 12th superstar in WWE history to become a Grand Slam champion, winning four specific championships, having also won the defunct Hardcore title, as well as the United States and Intercontinental Championships.