Confirmed: Shaq Will Face His Biggest Opponent Yet at WrestleMania 33 Next Year

Shaquille O'Neal

Confirmed: Shaq Will Face His Biggest Opponent Yet at WrestleMania 33 Next Year

And his opponent has words for the Diesel already.

Published August 17, 2016

Shaquille O'Neal can finally pick on someone his own size ... well, actually, bigger.

As expected, the seven-foot Diesel will face another seven-foot monster in the form of the 441-pound Big Show at WWE's WrestleMania 33 pay-per-view event live from the Camping World Stadium in Orlando on April 2, 2017.

The WWE Superstar confirmed the highly anticipated matchup with TMZ Sports in a video posted Wednesday.

And Show already has words for the NBA Hall of Famer, saying he's thinking about shooting a free-throw instructional video, mocking Shaq's notorious poor shooting from the charity stripe.

These are definitely fighting words.

This bout was a long time in the making, too.

The rivalry between Shaq and Big Show started way back in 2009, when O'Neal had to put hands on the behemoth while guest-hosting WWE's Monday Night Raw.

The rivalry furthered this past April at WrestleMania 32, when the two larger-than-life athletes crossed paths during the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

Following the bout, Shaq, speaking to a WWE announcer backstage, challenged the Big Show to a match.

Big Show then approached Shaq on the red carpet of the ESPYs last month, which led to the groundwork of the match.

Will the Diesel chokeslam the Big Show in Orlando, where he launched his NBA career with the Magic back in 1992?

BET Sports News — Get the latest news and information about African-Americans in sports, including weekly recaps, celebrity news and photos of your favorite Black athletes.

Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Fanatics)


Latest in news