Paul Wight is a man who spent much of his career in the WWE where he was one of the most famous faces. In an interview with Inside The Ropes magazine, Wight revealed his reasons why he left WWE and what he asked of Vince McMahon.
“It was frustrating. That was one of the big battles that I had with Vince—he’s an innovator, he’s brilliant, he’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever met in my life, he understands the human dynamic—I didn’t want to be in that legends role.
I kept saying, “Hey, quit trying to put me in Shady Pines. I’m not ready to be in the retirement home”. And that’s something that WWE has always done, too,”- Wight said.
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Being part of the WWE isn’t easy at all, and sometimes you have to do things you wouldn’t want to.
“They will use every tool available to promote something that they’re promoting. Everything’s on the table with them. And I understand that that role was setting up what it was but it was a little bit of a humbling experience to sit on the stage and get berated for the work that you’ve done.
But that’s part of what you sign a contract for. You sign a contract and you get paid to check your ego at the door. And if you don’t want to check your ego anymore, then you can leave”. Paul Wight tried to give his maximum and constantly prove himself.
He agreed to everything, but for once he had to say goodbye. “I’ve always done everything in WWE that I was ever asked to. They signed a cheque, it’s just a job. Sometimes your boss is going to make you do things that you don’t like.
The creative process with as many different creative directions that were going on, I can look through their eyes and I can understand what they’re saying”