Shaquille O'Neal Suggests Big Show Match at WWE WrestleMania 33 Won't Happen

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2017

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Shaquille O'Neal threw another wet blanket on the prospect of him stepping in the ring with Big Show at WrestleMania 33 on April 2.

"That's probably right," O'Neal said during the most recent episode of his podcast, The Big Podcast With Shaq, when asked about speculation his match against Big Show may not happen.

The 15-time NBA All-Star hinted the problems are on WWE's end.

"It's not my fault," he said (h/t WrestlingNews.co's Corey Jacobs). "That's all you need to know."

O'Neal's comments come after Big Show questioned his commitment to the WrestleMania bout in an interview with WWE.com:

This could be my last WrestleMania. He needs to step up. I'm not trying to be mean, but my time's valuable. I get it. I don't have foot powder commercials, car commercials, insurance commercials. I get it. He's a busy man. But if he's gonna step in the ring, in my business, at our biggest event of the year? Show me you're serious. If anything, talk a little trash. Let me know you're motivated. Because right now? I just get the feeling he's terrified. He shot his mouth off, he's in over his head and he's trying to back out. So just let me know what's going on, brother.

Of course, this could all be a part of WWE's plan to generate buzz for the Show-and-Shaq clash.

The seeds were sown for the matchup at the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32:

Big Show then officially challenged O'Neal at the ESPY Awards last July:

In the seven months since, their interactions have been almost nonexistent. Before Big Show's interview, many in the WWE Universe might have forgotten altogether that Show vs. Shaq was tentatively on the WrestleMania card.

If O'Neal's prior engagements are preventing him from making an appearance on WWE programming, having he and Big Show feud online is an easy way to get fans talking. It also creates a heated dynamic between the two heading into the big event.

So far, WWE has finalized two matches for WrestleMania 33. Goldberg will meet Brock Lesnar, possibly with the Universal Championship on the line, and Bray Wyatt will defend the WWE Championship.

With a little over a month before the event, the company likely won't wait too much longer before announcing one way or the other whether Big Show vs. Shaq is still on.

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