Shaq shifts blame on problems with Wrestlemania 33 match

Mar 2, 2017 - by Colin Vassallo

– During the latest episode of The Big Podcast with Shaq, NBA great Shaquille O’Neal shed some tiny light on the status of his involvement at WrestleMania 33 and it does not look good. Answering the question if his match against The Big Show is going to happen, O’Neal said, “It’s not going to happen? That’s probably right. It’s not my fault, that’s all you need to know. It ain’t my fault. Oh, it ain’t my fault.” O’Neal did not elaborate and what is stalling this match to be made official. Last week, The Big Show called out Shaq for not taking this challenge seriously and not getting in shape, saying that he is doing Shaq a favor. “This could be my last WrestleMania. He needs to step up. I’m not trying to be mean, but my time’s valuable,” Show told WWE.COM.

Big Show Talks Wrestlemania Match with Shaq, Says Shaq is “Scared”

“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. Just own up to it and say you’re scared and that’s that.”

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