AEW broadcaster and star Paul Wight was recently on Charlie Marlow & 590 THE FAN KFNS Radio St. Louis. Wight is a 20+ year veteran and he spoke about wrestlers he felt was best to travel on the road.
âSo many different guys I’ve spent so much time with over the years have had such great stories with Kurt Angle, who it was amazing to travel with,â said Wight. âI rode with probably one of Kurt Angle’s greatest athletes and greatest artists. He was amazing. He was so amazing in the ring but so humble and an absolute klutz outside the ring. He tripped and fell all the time and spilled food on his shirt, but just a really good human being, who was also a badass and won an Olympic gold with a fucking broken neck.
âHe was a legitimate badass, but he never acted like he was a badass. He was just Kurt. Billy Gunn was great. Billy Gunn was the only guy who never needed a card anywhere we went. He always knew where the gymnasium was, knew where the restaurant was, knew where the building was, where the hotel was. This guy had his own GPS in his head and just knew where everything was. He’s probably one of the best âpilotsâ, as we call the industry, of all time.
“And I just laughed up to my stomach while probably riding with Paul Heyman. I literally had to stop a car crying with laughter to catch my breath because Paul Heyman, for years, made me laugh harder. than anyone.There are a lot of awesome and awesome stories, and awesome guys and awesome car rides out there, and that’s what really helps, I think, that young talent grows up is to getting on those car rides, telling stories and lying, and that helps build your character and build who you are as a talent.
Wight debuted in AEW at Revolution 2020, which was deep in the COVID-19 pandemic, even though AEW hosted a small percentage of fans. Now things are opening up a bit more and AEW is back on the road. Wight explained how this would help young talent at AEW.
âWell thatâs been awesome. I mean, the past year with COVID has actually been a really good reset for everyone, I think, in the entertainment industry, âWight said. “It’s made a lot of artists to appreciate their fans a lot more, and I think it’s given fans a chance to really appreciate the gift that we have in this country of having the live entertainment that is available.” for everyone. Getting out and being a part of that energy is great for young talent now because they worked so hard during COVID.
âThey worked really hard to put a product on TV, but they didn’t have that emotional feedback from the audience, and that feedback is really important to really assess how you are doing and how you relate to the audience. So for our young talents, it’s an exciting time for them because they have the energy and enthusiasm, and they’re starting to make that connection. And it’s great to see the fans being a part of AEW, as hungry as they are for AEW and as hungry as they are for new and young talent.
âIt’s a good time to be in pro wrestling. Now is the perfect time to be in sports entertainment. Back from CM Punk, Bryan Danielson is with us now, and his job he did a few weeks ago with Kenny Omega was just an absolute clinic, when it comes to wrestling. You do a 30-minute draw and no one is upset, it’s a clinic. So to have this kind of such amazing talent to influence our young AEW talents and help show them the way and just to be part of this big crowd, it’s a good time to fight, and people are excited about it. idea to wrestle and they’re excited about WWE. They are excited about AEW. There’s a lot going on and now is a good time to be a part of the product.
Wight and fellow AEW broadcaster Mark Henry both comment in color on Dark: Elevation with Tony Schiavone. Wight recalls a time when he tried to console Henry in the WWE locker room, thinking he was having a bad day. But he revealed what Henry was really worried about.
âI love Mark Henry. He’s my brother from another mother, âWight said. âSo I think in the whole struggle, Mark Henry is probably my best friend. So to embarrass Mark Henry, there are too many stories, but I won’t tell stories outside of school. this one will say, I walked into the locker room once, and he was a little hunched over and I thought he was upset and crying. So I put my bag down and sat next to it of him, and I put my arm around him. I said, “Are you okay” because I was afraid that something had happened to him, to his children or something like that.
“Mark is setting there, and he’s like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I’m fine. I’ve been trying to tear this quarter apart for about 30 minutes and all I can do is bend it. He’d bet a quarter with his fingers, and I just patted him on the back and said, “Okay, man, glad you’re okay,” but it’s just one of those things where I don’t. have never seen a human bend a quarter with their fingers, and he did, but he was upset because he couldn’t tear it up. So he’s my best friend.
Wight also praised Mark for his abilities as a chef and revealed that he wanted to start a cooking TV show with âThe Strongest Man In The Worldâ.
“He can cook his ass. I’ll tell you right away, he’s a hell of a cook. People may not know it. He’s a hell of a cook. I’m trying to get her ass to do a cooking show with me. So we’ll see. “
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