Shaquille O’Neal’s highly anticipated showdown with Big Show at WrestleMania 33 was called off, and Shaq recently blamed the WWE for the match not happening.
On a recent episode of the “Big Podcast with Shaq,” the NBA Hall of Famer detailed why the showdown didn’t happen.
“Because they kept playing,” O’Neal said. “First, they said it was me and Big Show. Then, they said it was going to be 3 and 3. Then, they cancelled it so when they cancelled it, I made other arrangements. And then they tried to call back and tried to get it done, and I just said, ‘I’m not going to do it.’ They messed it up.”
Shaq’s podcast sidekick, John Kinkade, theorized that Shaq didn’t agree to it because he’s competitive and doesn’t like to lose. Shaq said he would lose “for the kids.”
Listen to the full episode of the podcast here.
Shaq said the WWE reached out to him and tried to renegotiate, but he declined. Shaq vs. Big Show would’ve been incredible to watch, and it’s a shame the WWE couldn’t make it happen.
(h/t PW Mania)