Shaquille O’Neal admitted that he loves wrestling and he has proven it by making a surprise appearance at WrestleMania event.
Shaq got a few minutes in the ring, got into a staring contest with the Big Show (Paul Wight), before being thrown out. The big showdown with the Big Show never took place.
After the event, O’Neal said he’s ready to take the Big Show any time, anywhere. O’Neal said WrestleMania 32 was an incredible venue, with some 100,000 fans packing the stadium.
“I think a lot of people were surprised to see me,” O’Neal said, adding that he hopes to have a match vs Big Show,” he said.
Later, at Inside the NBA, O’Neal seems to be counting on a re-match with Big Show.
“It was amazing. A shout out to the McMahon family, it was a beautiful event. I’ve been a wrestling fan all my life, so when they called me to do it, I had to do it,” O’Neal said on Inside the NBA on his Wrestlemania appearance.
“But the next time I fight the Big Show, and bodyslam him over the table, there ain’t going to be anything to talk about,” he added. “It’s going down next year, in Orlando.”
A dominant force in the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal was selected to 15 all-star Games, won four NBA titles (three with Los Angeles Lakers, one with Miami Heat).
He is considered to be among the best centers ever to play in the NBA. O’Neal played in 1207 NBA games (1197 started), averaging 23.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 2.3 bpg in 34.7 minutes of action.
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