In February 2021, Wight joined a rival AEW promotion after spending two decades in the WWE. Although he left the WWE on good terms with McMahon, the wrestling legend noticed that something had changed during his recent interaction with the WWE president.
Speaking further Talk Is Jericho, Wight said McMahon started calling him by his real name Paul, instead of the WWE nickname:
“I knew that writing had changed for me and Vince in our relationship because I had always been a Show for years. For the last year it’s been Paul, so it’s subtle in his mind when he’s already shipping me to Shady Pines [retirement home], you know what I mean? Paul is just a guy, Paul is his friend. “
Paul Wight said his departure from WWE was handled by the company’s senior director of talent relations, Mark Carrano. He had not spoken to Vince McMahon before speaking to WWE.
Paul White’s last conversation with Vince McMahon
Despite deciding to join a rival company, Paul Wight had a cordial last conversation with Vince McMahon. The seven-foot former WWE Superstar said McMahon called him after the AEW announcement:
“There is no hostility, there is no heat there at all. He called me, he said, ‘Congratulations, you’re going to do fantastic there. You will really help their society. I can help you a lot here. ‘It was a very classy, classy move. ”
Wight added that he had not spoken to McMahon about six months before the phone call. The 75-year-old was not behind the scenes when Wight appeared on WWE in the Legends Night episode of RAW on January 4, 2021.
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