No WWE superstar has had a weirder career at WrestleMania than The Big Show. Sure, Show has had his moments like when he won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 31, or when he won the Intercontinental Championship from Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania 28, but he’s also faced off against Akebono in an ill-advised sumo match. There was also the boxer vs. wrestler match with Floyd “Money” Mayweather at WrestleMania 24.
At this year’s Mania, Show was once again in the Andre battle royal, and he had his third interaction with a sports celebrity at the grandaddy of them all, facing off with surprise entrant Shaquille O’Neal.
Since the interaction, Shaq has been teasing a future singles match with the World’s Largest Athlete at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando next year, and TMZ caught up with the former WWE Champion to ask him his thoughts on the matchup, and he kept it kayfabe at first saying it was up to Shaq to get in the ring with him, because WWE is his turf, saying:
“Do I look like I’m scared? Shaq’s the one that’s got to show up and get it done, not me, I work there. He’s gotta come to me, I don’t need to go to him.”
Once he realized that answer wouldn’t be good enough to get him some space from the nosey paparazzi, Show gave a little more insight on the potential future bout, saying that working with Shaq at WrestleMania would be best for business.
“Shaq’s been really great for our business, he’s such a big star, he has such a good following. I think anytime you get a chance to involve him with us, it’s a lot of fun, he has a lot of fun with it. So if the powers that be that are way above my paygrade make those decisions..hey, I’ll lace up my boots and step into the ring. It’s what I do.”
While there is certainly a lot that can change in a year, it sounds like you can pencil in the first matchup for WrestleMania 33, and as far as celebrity matches go, it’s not that bad. After all, it’s not like it can be worse than some of Shaq’s previous wrestling appearances.