Paul Wight has paid a poignant tribute to Bray Wyatt the day after his tragic death aged 36.
The All Elite Wrestling veteran, best known to wrestling fans as The Big Show, shared a ring with the late star numerous times over the years but it’s the real man behind the larger than life WWE character he’ll miss the most.
Visibly emotional, he exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘I’m gonna miss his hugs. I’m gonna miss his smile, I’m gonna miss his laugh. Right now, I don’t think I’m really taking it all in. I know it’s real but it doesn’t feel real.’
The giant praised Wyatt – whose real name was Windham Rotunda – as a real family man, and he send a message of support to his partner JoJo and their children.
The biggest thing that hurts the most is the joy and the love that he had for everyone, and then his family. They’re such a beautiful family, his girls and JoJo. That pain is much deeper,’ he paused.
‘I’m just a friend that saw the guy, that loved him, that worked with him. I got to experience his joy here and there when I saw him. I can’t imagine how devastated they are. My heart goes out to them.’
Wyatt’s death was announced on Thursday evening as WWE boss Triple H took to X (formerly Twitter) to reveal the devastating news.
He wrote: ‘Just received a call from WWE Hall of Famer Mike Rotunda who informed us of the tragic news that our WWE family member for life Windham Rotunda – also known as Bray Wyatt – unexpectedly passed earlier today.
‘Our thoughts are with his family and we ask that everyone respect their privacy at this time.’
Wight was speaking two days before AEW takes over Wembley Stadium for All In London on Sunday night (August 27), where he will be part of the pre show panel breaking down the action.
‘This is a great accolade for AEW, this is a great achievement. We are such a young company,’ he said of the special event. ‘On a personal level, I’m so excited for the younger talent that’s never worked in front of a UK crowd, let alone a crowd of this capacity.
‘They’re just gonna – their minds are gonna be blown! It’ll be an experience they’ll never forget.’
AEW All In London comes to Wembley Stadium on Sunday (August 27) at 6pm. Click here for the remaining tickets, or tune in via Fite TV.
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