NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: Big Show attends the 2019 Fox Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 13, 2019 in New York City.  (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Jim Ross Thinks The Big Show Paul Wight Was Misused By WWE
The way Paul Wight, better known as "The Big Show," left WWE in 2020 implied to fans that he wasn't the imposing threat he once was, with his final bout used to elevate Randy Orton. Behind the scenes, though, his choice to leave had to do with creative frustrations and deciding that he wanted to try to build his legacy back up in AEW.
Wight's accomplishments in WWE are undeniable, but questionable booking decisions chipped away at the legacy he created, such as changing his status between babyface and heel 35 times. It was also hard to take him seriously when WWE presented him in humorous, comedic ways and then attempted to switch him back to a ruthless, villainous giant.
On the "Grillin' J.R." podcast (h/t Sportskeeda), Jim Ross expressed his disappointment at how Wight was "overexposed," dulling his allure. "[Now they're] not new, they're not fresh, they're not different, they're not eye-opening ... I just think that Big Show was one of the most ill-booked talents, on that level, that we ever had."