WWE has brought a handful of celebrities from Hollywood and other major sports events to special categories in the square. Many, including Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Shaquille O’Neal, Snoop Dogg and Hugh Jackman, appeared in the ring and some of them took part in exciting news.
But in the meantime, the NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal case was slightly different. A lifelong wrestling fan has appeared in WCW and fought a WWE match with Damien Sandow at WrestleMania 32. In addition, he even defeated Cody Rhodes in his place, AEW, in 2021. But there was a much-anticipated match between Shaq and the WWE Big Show giant. , which was miraculously canceled after a major promotion.
Why did the much-anticipated Shaquille O’Neal vs Big Show match never happen?
The Big Show, real name Paul Wight, and Shaquille O’Neal are the absolute favorite of the crowd in their sports. Not only their performance on the job but also their off-field behavior have made them popular with many. Moreover, the match between the WWE 7-meter icon and the 7-meter O’Neal is very close to reality, but the story between the beams ended abruptly because of the composing differences.
In a promotional Shaq promotional video, after an early finish to Andre the Giant Battle Royal, he called out to Wight. “I’m devastated. I have been looking for the Big Show for years. The first one did not go well. This, there is a double group. But I hope that before he retires, I will be against him. I’m ready to take the Big Show anytime, anywhere, “O’Neal said.
Here is the backstory. In 2016, Shaq stepped into the ring to impress the WWE universe at Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in WrestleMania 32. He came in after a re-mixed version of Desiigner’s famous song Panda went to the ring and stood face to face with Big . Show. Also, Shaq had a small part with The Show on RAW seven years earlier.
In addition, Big Shamrock fired Damien Sandow, after the latter had foolishly challenged. Show and Shaq later continued to heat up, everyone believed it would end in a match. After weeks of promotions and negotiations, WWE canceled the game. While Shaq accused WWE of “ruining it” during his podcast, Big Show later claimed it was Shaq who had the barriers to agreeing a deal.
However, Shaquille O’Neal joined AEW and had a fantastic session defeating Cody Rhodes at AEW Dynamite, in 2021.