The war of words between WWE’s Big Show and former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal is getting oddly real.
In the world that continues blurring reality and acting, Big Show recently got a little too real when calling out “fat” Shaq, via ESPN:
“He’s got to be what, 440, 450 pounds?” Big Show said. “He’s gotten pretty fat. Me on the other hand? I just weighed in this morning — 379 pounds.”
“Maybe he doesn’t want to put on spandex and show the entire world that Shaquille O’Neal, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, looks like Jabba the Hutt,” Big Show said. “It’s on him. He has to weigh these consequences in his own mind. Does he want the world to know how fat and out of shape he is? Or does he want to sit back and talk s— into a podcast?”
After setting up a potential WrestleMania match at last year’s big event, Shaquille O’Neal’s latest comments push back against the Big Show and hint at no match happening, via WrestleZone:
“It’s not going to happen? That’s probably right. It’s not my fault, that’s all youneed to know.
It ain’t my fault… Oh, it ain’t my fault. It don’t matter what they say. It has nothing to do with the Diesel and his management. That’s what I got to say, but, it’s not totally off yet but it’s not looking good.
But it doesn’t matter, I’m still working out and I still look better than Big Show. I’ll still meet him wherever he wants to meet me. These next thirty days, I’m about to go hard. I’m still doing it like it’s going down.”
“I’ve given 22 years of my blood, sweat and tears to this business and I’m doing this favor to Shaq. This could be my last WrestleMania. He needs to step up. I’m not trying to be mean, but my time’s valuable. I get it. I don’t have foot powder commercials, car commercials, insurance commercials. I get it. He’s a busy man. But if he’s gonna step in the ring, in my business, at our biggest event of the year? Show me you’re serious. If anything, talk a little trash. Let me know you’re motivated. Because right now? I just get the feeling he’s terrified. He shot his mouth off, he’s in over his head and he’s trying to back out. So just let me know what’s going on, brother.”
Since this is the world of pro wrestling, this could just be Big Show cutting a promo on Shaq to help maintain interest ahead of WrestleMania, but as Cageside Seats points out in their daily rumor roundup, there does appears to be some legitimate concern that the match won’t happen after all.
If the match indeed doesn’t happen, it would leave the Big Show open to do something else at WWE’s biggest event of the year. Big Show, who is in fantastic shape and is under 400 pounds right now, and the veteran could make a fine addition somewhere else on the WrestleMania card.
Hopefully Big Show has something to do, as he has worked hard to cut down his weight recently to get in shape for WrestleMania 33. It would be a shame if all that work didn’t get paid off with an angle at this year’s event.