Rumor Mill Swirl: WWE planning Big Show vs. Shaquille O’Neal for WrestleMania 28 in Miami

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Shaq, doing what he does best: shooting free throws.

According to the Camel Clutch Blog (check there for any original sources), WWE is planning for a Big Show vs. Shaquille O’Neal match at WrestleMania 28, to be held April 1, 2012, in Miami, Fla. A few points of note:

1) The seeds for this were planted in July 2009 on the episode of Monday Night Raw hosted by Shaq himself (click for historical context); the two had a face-to-face confrontation, but it was never followed up on, presumably because Shaq was still active in basketball and he’s not a bonehead like Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone, wrestling when they had an NBA championship to win…

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2) Shaq is basically a god in Florida, so there’s no way he’d get booed in his home state, meaning Big Show would almost certainly need to turn heel, something I’m not too excited about. The angry giant thing is just trite at this point. I’d better get used to it, though.

3) WWE loves pitting Big Show against athletes and celebrities of varying levels of recognition, including sumo champion Akebono (WrestleMania 21) and Floyd Mayweather (WrestleMania 24). Show is also 0-2 against the celebs.

4) Daniel Bryan just fell one more spot down the WrestleMania ladder. -Eric

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