Brian Fritz of Sporting News recently interviewed The Big Show to promote the new WWE animated movie with The Jetsons. During the interview, Big Show talked about his planned match with Shaquille O’Neal at WrestleMania 33 and how the match is in jeopardy of taking place and how it is frustrating because this year might be his last WrestleMania.
“It is a little frustrating because my contract ends in February 2018. So I don’t know what’s going to happen between now and then. I don’t know if there will be an opportunity for me next year at WrestleMania or not. I don’t know because there’s a lot of new Superstars breaking out and I’ve done my time. This was my perhaps my last opportunity to have a featured match at WrestleMania. And I would have had a good time working with Shaq. But this is a situation where, obviously, it’s above my paygrade. It’s between Shaq and WWE. Whatever their situation is, who knows. Either that or he say the fact that I was starting to get in really good shape and he got scared and decided that he wants to bail out. It’s real easy to talk about stepping in the ring but once you do actually step in the ring, it takes a lot of courage and mental fortitude to do what we do. I understand the fact that if it’s something that he doesn’t want to do, that he’s scared of, that’s fine but don’t put the blame on me because it isn’t me.”
Shaq brought up on his weekly podcast, The Big Podcast with Shaq, earlier this week that the match was probably not going to happen and that it wasn’t his fault.