WWE has been trying to lock down Shaquille O'Neal for a WrestleMania for years and now it appears as though they've finally got their man. Although Shaq has had time for all sorts of extracurricular activities in the past -- from Fu-Schnickens albums to Shaq vs. -- the annual spring event has usually interfered with the big man's basketball schedule. Now that he's retired, it's go time.
Tom Weir at USA Today reports that Shaq confirmed over the weekend that he will indeed be stepping into the ring at WrestleMania 28 in Miami on April 1, but declined to comment on who his opponent will be. The main candidate seems all too obvious: when Shaq hosted WWE Raw way back in July of 2009, he had a run in with the "World's Largest Athlete," the Big Show.
It's a good pairing for the spectacle of the thing, but also because the Big Show is the Michael Jordan of celebrity matches at WrestleMania. He took on Floyd Mayweather Jr. at WrestleMania 24 and basically put on the best celebrity wrestling match of all time. (Sorry, Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor.)
No word yet on whether the former NBA superstar plans on utilizing Shaq-Fu, but we can only imagine he will.
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