AEW Superstar Paul Wight (The Big Show in WWE) was a recent guest on Freddie Prinze Jr’s “Wrestling With Freddie” podcast and commented on their first interaction being over a promo that Wight wasn’t a fan of.
Prinze noted that he was working in his first month with the company and he wrote up the promo at the direction of Michael P.S. Hayes and Chris DeJoseph. Wight was chosen to deliver the promo and said when he saw the script, he went into creative and said, “Who the f**k wrote me war and peace? What the f**k is this?”
“That’s exactly what happened. Because now, understand at the time, Freddie, I talked in WWE once in a while. For whatever reason, I guess Vince didn’t like the way I did promos or didn’t like the fact that a giant talked. Whatever the reason was, I didn’t talk that much. I didn’t have a promo segment every Raw, that wasn’t my gig.
So, when I got this promo, I was like ‘are you effin’ kidding me!?’ Like, I haven’t done a promo in like four months, and now I’ve got like four f**king pages to try to memorize, and I’ve got segments of wrestling that I’ve gotta do, like, ‘Who the f**k wrote this and why?’”
Prinze then noted that the creative team only had 25 minutes to work together on a new promo and were able to change it where Wight could instead demonstrate things.