Shaquille O’Neal and Paul Wight have quite a history with each other. WWE was going to set up a WrestleMania encounter between the two megastars, but that was nixed. Paul Wight, formerly known as The Big Show, is now with AEW. Shaq has also made his in-ring debut for AEW in recent memory. A match might still happen, but Vince McMahon won’t be hosting it.

WWE reportedly passed on Big Show vs Shaq because they felt that the NBA Hall of Famer wasn’t serious about the match. There were concerns about what kind of shape he would be in. Shaq put a lot of those doubts to rest with his mixed tag team match over the Summer, one where he took a table bump thanks to Cody Rhodes.

While speaking to Pop Culture, Shaq was very open to facing the former Big Show. He made a comment about how red tape got in the way before, that red tape being Vince McMahon. Now they are both in a situation where AEW will likely give them a lot fewer problems.

“Last time there was a lot of bureaucracy and red tape. Now there isn’t red tape, so I’m still a bit sore over that table bump over the Summer, but I’m gonna pump these muscles up and get ready for you, Mr. Paul.

We’ll have to see if AEW can arrange Paul Wight vs Shaq. Obviously, they would get a lot of attention, even from mainstream media. WWE will also be paying close attention if that match can happen, because they’d be watching a match that Vince McMahon passed on years ago.

What’s your take on this situation? Should Shaq wrestle Paul Wight now in AEW? Sound off in the comments!

Transcription by Thirsty

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Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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