Shaquille O'Neal Says He's in Talks for Big Show Match at WWE WrestleMania 33

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2017

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 29:  Shaquille O'Neal receives the Basketball Legacy Award at the 15th Annual Sports Museum Tradition Awards Ceremony at TD Garden on November 29, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
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Shaquille O'Neal's match with Big Show at WrestleMania 33 may not be dead just yet.

The 15-time NBA All-Star said Monday on his podcast, The Big Podcast With Shaq, he has recently spoken with a high-ranking WWE executive and he and WWE are "back talking again" (h/t Wrestling Inc's Raj Giri).

In a February interview with WWE.com, Big Show indicated Shaq may not be serious about wrestling April 2 in Orlando, Florida. O'Neal cast further doubt on the match during the Feb. 27 episode of his podcast (h/t Corey Jacobs of WrestlingNews.co).

"That's probably right," he said of the speculation the match was off. "It's not my fault. That's all you need to know."

Big Show responded by alleging Shaq may be self-conscious about his weight should he step inside the ring, per ESPN.com's Matt Wilansky: "It's on Shaq. He has to figure things out in his own camp. Maybe he is just too scared to show up because he's too busy riding around singing karaoke with John Cena and going to Krispy Kreme and getting fatter every week."

Many have questioned whether Big Show's comments were an honest assessment of the situation or rather a way to create buzz for a match which WWE had rarely acknowledged through the winter and fall.

Big Show first floated the idea on the red carpet of the ESPY Awards last July:

Before Big Show's WWE.com interview, that video accounted for almost all of the hype surrounding the potential battle of the big men.

Since then, however, the pair have received far more coverage across the web and on social media. Big Show, in particular, has done a great job of inventing what was previously a nonexistent rivalry.

With less than a month to go until WrestleMania 33, an announcement one way or the other should arrive soon about whether Shaq vs. Show will officially be added to the pay-per-view card.