Shortly after WrestleMania 32, the first bout for 2017's show of shows was made public. Shaquille O'Neal and The Big Show - who had met in the ring at WrestleMania 32's battle royal and were eliminated together - would do battle in a singles bout that was sure to get a ton of mainstream attention. Show made the challenge, and O'Neal accepted the match at last summer's ESPY Awards ceremony.
Now, it looks like the bout may be off. On his podcast, O'Neal mentioned that rumors of the match not taking place were likely accurate, adding that the deal falling apart was not due to any error on his part. The fact that O'Neal went on to challenge Show to meet him for a fight wherever he wants has led many to believe that this is all a work, and part of the match's buildup.
Big Show, who has spent a great deal of time in the gym lately and has shared his progress on social media, recently spurred rumors on when he expressed his own doubts about the status of the match.
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Scott Fried is a Slammy Award-winning* writer living and working in New York City. He has been following/writing about professional wrestling for many years and is a graduate of Lance Storm's Storm Wrestling Academy. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scottfried.
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