Paul Wight, formerly known as The Big Show, still thinks a match can be worked out that would see him wrestle Shaquille O’Neal.
The first tease of this match happening came at WWE WrestleMania 32 in 2016 when O’Neal made his in-ring debut as an entrant in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. During it, they had their famous staredown.
After WrestleMania, the two big men talked about wanting to work a match at WrestleMania 33. It didn’t happen though. Fast forward to March of this year, O’Neal worked his first match under the AEW banner when he teamed with Jade Cargill to defeat Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet.
In July, Shaq stated that he planned on working out this summer in order to get in shape so “we could do something very very soon.”
It still hasn’t happened but while speaking with Inside The Ropes, the WWE Hall of Famer thinks it’s something that can be done. While recalling the match trying to be done in WWE, Wight said it got very close to happening, but he thinks they dropped the battle with communication before noting that Shaq is a busy guy.
“I think the biggest thing was aligning WWE and Shaq for what WWE’s vision was of the match they wanted us to have.”
Wight continued by noting that Shaq had a tough workload around WrestleMania season.
“I think with AEW we don’t have as much red tape. I mean, Shaq’s already competed in AEW. I think this is an opportunity for us to have that spectacle match and have some fun with it. Honestly, I think it’s closer to happening than it’s ever been.”
Wight stated the big problem they have is the pressure of expectations from fans for the match. He said that the last time he saw Shaq, the NBA Legend stated he had been training a lot so this made him feel like he needed to work harder in the gym.