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Shaq finally reveals why his planned WrestleMania match never went down Kevin Winter/Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14: TV personality/retired basketball player Shaquille O'Neal onstage at The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber at Sony Pictures Studios on March 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber will air on March 30, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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.

Related: Two huge main events reportedly already being discussed for WrestleMania 34 

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)

Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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