One of the biggest stars of American basketball seen in the WWE rings is undoubtedly the former basketball player Shaquille O'Neal, seen on the TV screens of the McMahon programs several times and who has always carried on a storyline with The Big Show, with the two who then continued to get caught for months on various social networks, with the two mammoth athletes who never reached the showdown in an official match of the federation.
But why has WWE never caught the ball by putting on a wrestling match between the two sports giants? Over the years, in fact, WWE has always been the protagonist of great exchanges between the various sports or cinema and wrestling, with several great boxing personalities who took part in matches, such as Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather Jr or Tyson Fury more recently.
The history of the WWE is in fact dotted with appearances of great stars even not part of the world of pro-wrestling, such as great Hollywood actors, sumo wrestlers and MMA fighters.
The possible reason why WWE nixed Big Show vs Shaquille O’Neal
During one of the latest editions of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer wanted to explain to WWE Universe fans why WWE had always refused to stage a match starring the former American basketball champion, saying: "Both sides have always complained about the other when it comes to Shaquille and the WWE.
WWE has always said it was willing to talk about an athlete's active match anytime he wanted, but he never agreed to that. WWE has always maintained that he did not want to train and was never in great physical condition.
Shaquille O'Neal, on the other hand, has always maintained that WWE has always promised him a large sum of money, but he would never offer it in a real way, so an official request would never arrive." Apparently, the former basketball player's lack of fitness was not said to have convinced the WWE management to lean towards a match between him and the Big Show, with the WWE giant who was ready for yet another great match between sportsmen of different disciplines after the Wrestlemania matches against Akebono and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
This was a follow on from O’Neal’s involvement in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32, but there was never a definitive end to their feud. Last night on AEW Dynamite, Jade Cargill made her debut in a segment with Cody Rhodes, and O’Neal’s name was dropped so it was made to seem as though he could be heading over to All Elite Wrestling.