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Huge ‘WrestleMania 33’ Match May Not Happen Due To….

There may not be a lot of matches yet made official for WrestleMania 33, but there are plenty of rumored bouts that will be able to fill the full card. The top matches are pretty much known and the undercard is coming together nicely for WWE to announce all of them once Fastlane is over next weekend. One of the longtime rumored matches may not end up happening, though, and it is all due to one star possibly backing out of showing up at all.

Last year at WrestleMania 32, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal made a shocking surprise appearance in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. During that match, he had a face-off with Big Show which showcased two massive behemoths staring each other in the eye and ready to battle it out.

Many fans wondered what the point of Shaq’s appearance was and some figured it was just a one-time thing. WrestleMania is no stranger to celebrity appearances, but not usually those getting in the ring which means there was more to this one.

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The official website of WWE recently interviewed Big Show regarding the great shape he is now in and his possible match with Shaq at WrestleMania 33. There was some taunting and even making fun of the former NBA star which looked more like provoking than anything else.

“I mean, here’s the thing. We shot this off at the ESPY Awards, Shaq said he’s in, I thought this would be a good match for fans to see two giants go at it. And I see Shaq riding around, singing karaoke and stopping in at Krispy Kreme. I’m like, “Hey! If you’re not gonna take it serious, find something else to do!” I’ve given 22 years of my blood, sweat and tears to this business and I’m doing this favor to Shaq.”

The fact that Big Show brought this match up at the ESPYs and it is now being recognized by WWE means that there was a lot to it. WWE would never have paid any attention to or reported on “rumors” if there wasn’t something being discussed or already in place.

Well, while there may have been something in place, it looks as if things may have changed. While Big Show is getting ready, Shaq may be having second thoughts about stepping into the ring again.

With my trainer Dodd. We’re training for ‘Mania — hope you are too, @Shaq. #CountingTheWeeks @WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/OPco8Lw2BP

— Big Show (@WWETheBigShow) February 15, 2017

Cageside Seats is reporting that this may just be Big Show cutting a promo on Shaq to further along the storyline, but there may be more to his words. WWE may now be having trouble getting O’Neal to step into the ring as he said he would and this could be a way of letting him know how important all this build-up has been.

For the past year, O’Neal had been posting on social media and letting the WWE superstar that he planned on meeting him at WrestleMania 33. Now, it has been almost two months since he last posted about the match when he put up a video of him working out and said, “I’m coming for you BIG SHOW.”

Maybe, the match is still on and maybe, it isn’t. The company has not yet announced it which would make it easier to change plans, but if it’s going to happen, O’Neal needs to show up on WWE television soon.

If Shaquille O’Neal backs out of this rumored match against Big Show at WrestleMania 33, it really won’t look good. Sure, WWE can find something else for Big Show to do, but this is something that has been built up for a full year with promotion, articles, interviews, and so much more. Having Shaq show up at the big event in Orlando would make it even more insane because of the reaction he would get, but now, he may not show his face at all.

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Sean Waltman Talks His Relationship With Vince McMahon Today

Former WWE superstar Sean “X-Pac” Waltman recently appeared as a guest on the The Tomorrow Show with Keven Undergaro. He discussed a number of topics, including the passing of Ivan Koloff, Bret Hart, seeing Vince McMahon recently at “Monday Night Raw,” and more.

One of the sad stories as of late, as been the passing of both George “The Animal” Steele, as well as the “Russian Bear,” Ivan Koloff. Waltman commented on WWE’s handling of both events, questioning why he didn’t get a tribute video package, while Steele did.

“Nothing for Ivan, did they even mention him? I’m wondering why? And I don’t… I, I think that I might have an idea why. Maybe if George hadn’t passed away, maybe they would have done more? As far as for Ivan, I’m speculating, I’m wondering if he was part of that concussion lawsuit?”

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One of the most popular superstars in WWE history is Bret “The Hitman” Hart. But, what was he like in the locker room while he was with the company?

“We always called Bret the lone wolf. That’s what we called him, because he was always alone. I rode with him a lot, believe it or not. But at the same time, he was that lonely guy. Strength in numbers I mean, he writes in his book and he talks about how we tried to get him to be in the Kliq. Yeah, of course we did, why not? We’re fans, he was great, he loved wrestling, s–t come on!”

Waltman has always been a very controversial superstar, due to his departures from both WWE and WCW, his relationship with Chyna and more. How does all of this effect his relationship with Vince McMahon? Waltman ran into Vince this past Monday night backstage at “Raw,” and said that the encounter was very positive.

“I saw Vince. Actually, we didn’t really talk that much, [we] actually didn’t talk at all. He just came up behind me and grabbed me and turned me around and grabbed my hand. It’s different, I think he notices [that] I’m not that guy anymore, ya know?”

[h/t to WrestlingInc.com for the translation]

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WWE Network Celebrates Its Three-Year Anniversary

This weekend, we celebrate a historical achievement in the history of sports entertainment.

Yesterday, Friday, February 24, was the three-anniversary of the launch of the WWE Network. This service has revolutionized the way that wrestling fans can not only watch the current product, but also allows them to relive some of their favorite moments from years past.

Since its launch, the WWE Network has grown to include a video-on-demand library of more than 7,000 hours and is available in more than 180 countries. In addition, subscribers enjoy entertaining original series and action-packed weekly in-ring shows, such as NXT and “205 Live.”

One of the things that makes the network so unique, is that you can watch any or all of its programming from a myriad of devices. These include smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, computer, video game systems, and more.

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Editor’s Note:

I’ve been a subscriber to the WWE Network since the day that it launched, and I haven’t looked back. I never thought that I would be able to watch every pay-per-view that WWE produces, but now I can do that very thing any time that I want! Plus, reliving many WCW moments has been particularly nostalgic and fun.

What have been some of your favorite moments with the WWE Network? Leave us a comment below, or post a comment on our Facebook page!

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Shaq not interested in fighting the Big Show at WrestleMania 33; match not happening?

The Big Show discussed his potential WrestleMania 33 encounter with NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. Although Show has been preparing for the bout, he believes that his opponent is trying to back out of the match at WWE’s grandest event. The former World Champion commented:

“I get it. I don’t have foot powder commercials, car commercials, insurance commercials. I get it. He’s a busy man. But if he’s gonna step in the ring, in my business, at our biggest event of the year? Show me you’re serious. If anything, talk a little trash. Let me know you’re motivated. Because right now? I just get the feeling he’s terrified. He shot his mouth off, he’s in over his head and he’s trying to back out. So just let me know what’s going on, brother.”

In case you didn’t know

Last year at WrestleMania 32, Big Show and Shaq had a staredown during the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal. Since then, rumours indicated that the two giants will be colliding in the following year’s WrestleMania. In fact, Show challenged him to a match at WrestleMania 33 during the ESPY Awards and Shaq didn’t hesitate to accept the proposal.

Heart of the matter

It is safe to remark that Big Show alone has been hyping up this potential WrestleMania match from time to time. In the recent interview with WWE.com, Show claimed that he is indeed serious regarding the match as he believes that WrestleMania 33 can very well be his final WrestleMania. He has been a part of the pro-wrestling industry for more than 22 years and he desires to finish off in style.

Moreover, Show considers that he is ‘favoring’ Shaq by allowing him to step inside the squared circle with a veteran of the business at the biggest event of sports entertainment. The fact that the NBA legend is not showing much interest to counter the remarks made by him on Twitter and several others interviews, has forced Show to believe that Shaq is nothing but afraid to fight the ‘World’s largest athlete’.

What’s next?

WrestleMania 33 is almost a month away and anything can happen between this period. We may see a WWE return of Shaquille O’Neil, to build up towards the match at WrestleMania.

Big Show is back on the WWE weekly shows and appears to be in the best shape of his life. His recent match against Braun Strowman on RAW proved that the ‘giant’ has is capable of pulling off the best match of the night.

If his rumoured WrestleMania 33 match with Shaq becomes a reality, it will be nothing short of a helluva encounter. This match also needs to happen as Big Show deserves one final WrestleMania moment in his illustrious career.

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Chris Jericho Returns..

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 15: Chris Jericho poses prior to WWE Live 2014 at Festhalle on November 15, 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The latest WWE rumors involve a returning pair of veteran, regular main roster wrestlers, an update on trouble over the rumored Shaquille O’Neal vs. The Big Show match, the WWE women’s tournament and more.

Two major names have been missing from the Raw roster lately for different reasons. Brock Lesnar hasn’t appeared live for a few weeks, though did appear in an interview segment with his advocate/manager Paul Heyman. Meanwhile, Chris Jericho missed this week’s episode to sell the colossal beatdown from his now-former best friend Kevin Owens on last week’s show, though has appeared at house shows this week in Germany. According to WWE rumors, the two legendary competitors are likely to return to television on next Monday’s Raw.

Brock Lesnar getting very close to the camera > anything else pic.twitter.com/YYgd3NESWU

— 〽️ (@WCPW_Memes) February 21, 2017

The pair both have WrestleMania 33 matches to build towards, with Brock Lesnar facing off against Goldberg after the latter decimated him at Survivor Series and eliminated him in the Royal Rumble, and Jericho almost nailed on to face Owens in a grudge match. Either WrestleMania contest could be for the WWE Universal Championship, as Owens is defending that title against Goldberg at WWE Fastlane next Sunday. It could be that either Jericho or Lesnar get involved in that match to help determine the future of the championship.

WWE rumors have recently indicated that the long-expected Shaq vs. Big Show WrestleMania 33 match might not be happening, at first due to what appears to be a heavily stacked card. Now it seems Shaq might be trying to back out of the match all parties seemingly agreed upon months ago. WWE and Big Show are not sure whether Shaq will actually take part in the match, according to Cageside Seats, and Big Show has been publicly calling him out as of late, in what appears to be an effort to cajole Shaq into participating after all.

This is exactly how Javale Mcgee is gonna cost Shaq that match against Big Show at WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/Tx1OI2iUwU

— Don Victor (@Don__Victor) February 24, 2017

Over the last month or so, WWE rumors have suggested that WWE is on the verge of announcing deals with several independent promotions from the United Kingdom to start featuring their programming on WWE Network. Among the companies said to be involved in the talks are Insane Championship Wrestling and Progress, both of whom had talent included in the WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament in January.

More recently, it seemed as though the deals might not take hold, with Vince McMahon apparently unsure about allowing other companies to have their shows featured on the network. However, there are still possible deals floating around, according to the Wrestling Observer, so those companies might have a formal WWE tie-up after all.

So, @TripleH has confirmed that a @WWE Women’s tournament is in the works. Sounds to me like the perfect opportunity to sign these 4 women.. pic.twitter.com/l56sxW9p4A

— Eric Child (@TheEricChild) January 19, 2017

Speaking of the WWE Network, some of the most popular initiatives on the service in recent times have been the Cruiserweight Classic and the aforementioned UK Championship tournament, both of which led to new champions being crowned. WWE rumors have swirled for months, suggesting that the company might next hold a women’s tournament, and that might be firmly on the cards, with WWE staffers making calls to bring in talent for the event.

Lastly, in the latest WWE rumors digest, we have an NXT spoiler that could point to a call up for the main roster.

At the latest NXT tapings held this week, Chris Hero faced off against Elias Samson in a Loser Leaves NXT match. Hero won the bout, sending The Drifter packing from the WWE developmental brand.

That raised questions over the future of Samson, but it appears that he might be moving on up to the main roster. Last year, right after WrestleMania 32, a number of NXT wrestlers moved to Raw and SmackDown. WWE rumors suggest Samson might be in that graduating class this year.

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Kevin Owens is Still Destroying Goldberg on Twitter

The Twitter war between Kevin Owens and Bill Goldberg is still going on, and the WWE Universal Champion is continuing to own the number one contender for his title.

On Friday afternoon, Goldberg, once again, fired the first shot at Kevin Owens.

Approximately 9 days, 5 hours and 4 minutes until @FightOwensFight loses his Universal Championship. #WWEFastlane #OwensIsNEXT

— Bill Goldberg (@Goldberg) February 24, 2017

Good luck with that, man! Sorry I only just saw this now but I was busy wrestling at a live event in Germany like true @WWE Superstars do.?? https://t.co/JgxHiMPMJV

— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) February 25, 2017

Been there and done that champ RT @FightOwensFight: Good luck with that, man! Sorry I only just saw this now … https://t.co/MjuH1jN7cG

— Bill Goldberg (@Goldberg) February 25, 2017

Career mode in 2K17 doesn’t count, Bill. https://t.co/z6lYePE3Sz

— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) February 25, 2017

Unfortunately though, it looks like Twitter is going to be the only place where Owens owns Goldberg, because the current champ will likely get squashed in under a minute at Fastlane, then move on to his WrestleMania feud with Chris Jericho.

There’s a chance that Brock Lesnar will interfere and cost Goldberg the Universal Championship, although he would also be costing himself a shot at the title, so him getting involved wouldn’t make much sense.

Are you sad that the longest reigning Universal Champion in history is finally going to lose his title at Fastlane? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook!

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Big Show Has Some Harsh Words For Shaquille O’Neal

We’ve been hearing about the Big Show vs. Shaquille O’Neal match for almost a year, and now that we’re a little over a month away from WrestleMania 33, it looks like the match isn’t going to happen.

If you follow Big Show on Instagram, then you know that he’s gotten himself in great shape for his rumored match with Shaq, so he’s clearly taking the match seriously. But, it doesn’t seem that Shaq is taking the match as seriously, which is why WWE is uncertain if the match will happen.

During an interview with WWE.com, Big Show explained why he thinks Shaq isn’t taking the match seriously, and he also explained why he’s gotten himself into the best shape of his career.

“I mean, here’s the thing. We shot this off at the ESPY Awards, Shaq said he’s in, I thought this would be a good match for fans to see two giants go at it. And I see Shaq riding around, singing karaoke and stopping in at Krispy Kreme. I’m like, ‘Hey! If you’re not gonna take it serious, find something else to do!’ I’ve given 22 years of my blood, sweat and tears to this business and I’m doing this favor to Shaq. This could be my last WrestleMania. He needs to step up. I’m not trying to be mean, but my time’s valuable. I get it. I don’t have foot powder commercials, car commercials, insurance commercials. I get it. He’s a busy man. But if he’s gonna step in the ring, in my business, at our biggest event of the year? Show me you’re serious. If anything, talk a little trash. Let me know you’re motivated. Because right now? I just get the feeling he’s terrified. He shot his mouth off, he’s in over his head and he’s trying to back out. So just let me know what’s going on, brother.”

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WWE has been flirting with the idea of doing a Big Show vs. Shaq match for many years, but it’s never happened. We did get a brief preview of it during last year’s Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, and, as of right now, it looks like that’s the only Big Show vs. Shaq confrontation that we’re ever going to see at a WrestleMania event.

Are you bummed out that Big Show vs. Shaq might not happen? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook!

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Two Former World Heavyweight Champions Could Return on Monday’s Raw

This Monday’s WWE Raw will take place in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and we already know that one former World Heavyweight Champion — Seth Rollins — will return on the show. But, he might not be the only former champ who makes his return on Monday night.

According to Cageside Seats, both Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho will likely be on Monday’s Raw. Both Jericho and Lesnar are being advertised for the show on WWE’s events page, so unless something changes, it looks like they’ll both be on the show in some form.

Lesnar was advertised for last week’s show, and while he did appear on the show, he didn’t appear in front of the live crowd.

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Goldberg is also scheduled to appear on Monday’s show, so we could see a confrontation between the two.

As for Jericho, he did return at a house show in Germany earlier this week, where he got laid out by Kevin Owens again. We could see more of the same on Monday if he’s on the show.

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Shinsuke Nakamura To Debut Next Week, Face AJ Styles At WrestleMania

In early 2016, rumors were running wild that two amazing talents from Japan were heading state-side and that AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura would soon be together again. Now, it is a year later and both men are having tremendous success in WWE and NXT respectively, but they do have a long history together. Now, rumors are flying around that not only will Nakamura make his main roster debut next week, but he will go on to face Styles at WrestleMania 33.

Last week on SmackDown Live, there was some controversy at the end of the battle royal as recapped by the official website of WWE. It ended with AJ Styles and Luke Harper tying for the win and setting up a number one contender match next week on Team Blue’s show.

As reported by Cageside Seats, that match is expected to be won by Harper as he is likely going to go on to be in the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania 33. This match, though, is also rumored to set up Styles’ opponent for the big pay-per-view as well.

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As recently reported by Inquisitr, Styles was rumored to face off with SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon in early April. Those plans appear to have been changed, though, and Styles’ WrestleMania opponent may not even be on the main roster yet, but he will be by next week.

Four 3 Four is reporting that former NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura is set to make his main roster debut next week on SmackDown. It is rumored that he will get involved in the match between Harper and Styles which will cost AJ the win and set up their bout at WrestleMania.

If this ends up being true, that bout between Nakamura and Styles could easily steal the entire show and be a match of the year candidate.

Now, it isn’t as if the two are total strangers, as they have faced off on a number of occasions over in Japan. They put on classic battles and there is little doubt they would do so again if given the time and the chance in WWE.

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Shinsuke Nakamura recently spoke with Yahoo Sports Japan about performing at WrestleMania and he said he would like to face Styles if the opportunity ever came about. He also kind of took a shot at Styles in regard to his opponent for this year, as transcribed by Chris Charlton.

“If the [WrestleMania] opportunity presented itself, I want to do it. AJ doesn’t have an opponent yet, I’d like to fill that spot. I’ve achieved a lot this year, but there’s much more to do. I want to make more strides over the next year and show my true ability.”

This past Tuesday, before the 10-superstar battle royal to determine the number one contender to Bray Wyatt’s WWE Championship, Styles responded to Nakamura.

@ShinsukeN how’s this? Sorry, but I do have a match at Wrestlemania. N fact, I’ll be headlining Wrestlemania after tonight.

— AJStyles.Org (@AJStylesOrg) February 21, 2017

Nakamura wasn’t going to just let that one go either.

@AJStylesOrg choose the best way bro.

— Shinsuke Nakamura (@ShinsukeN) February 21, 2017

At this time, WWE is allowing these two superstars and wrestling legends to go back and forth on social media and not putting a stop to it. If Nakamura is going to be Styles’ opponent at the biggest PPV of the year, he will have to move up from NXT very soon and the program will need to be started right away.

WWE never really does anything or allows anything to happen unless they are going somewhere with it. Sure, it may not be right away, or it may be far into the future, but if they tease it, there’s a reason. Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles mentioning each other recently has led to a lot of speculation and it may be too short of notice, but it is not at all impossible for the former to jump from NXT, make his debut, and set up a WrestleMania 33 five-star match in the making.

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TNA Creative Team Undergoing Major Changes

Mixing it up is often a good idea. With the impending changes to “Impact Wrestling”, the creative team likely needed to be shaken up as well. It seems that it’s the case, but this time around it seems to be some old favorites taking the helm. To be fair, they had success with a lot of this lineup before.

According to PWInsider, the new creative team will be headed up by Jeff Jarrett and officially consisting of Dutch Mantel and Scott D’Amore. The three of them will be assisted by Abyss, Rockstar Spud and Jeremy Borash. There is also the possibility of a writer being hired to be responsible for taking the shows and turning them into scripts to be produced.

Opinion: After the previous year being the disaster that it was, they really didn’t have a choice but to change things up in a major way. These are some old school guys who know how to do a basic wrestling promotion and that’s all it needs to be. TNA doesn’t need to be this big production. They need to build their audience back and see where things go forward. Maybe the new team can help them get there.

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Do you have hope for TNA going forward? Are you willing to watch some more of the promotion if the changes improve the product? Let us know in the comments below.

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