Paul Wight is hoping to finally face Shaquille O'Neal in a wrestling ring.
For years, Paul Wight, formerly The Big Show in WWE, and Shaquille O'Neal have teased a wrestling match against one another. At one point, this match was believed to be taking place in Orlando, Florida for WrestleMania 33.
Now, Paul works for AEW and Shaq has made his professional wrestling debut for the same promotion as well. Speaking with Chris Van Vliet, Wight explains why he is still hopeful that that match will take place.
"I think that will happen now because there is not as much red tape. He's already competed with Cody Rhodes. It was him and Jade Cargill vs. Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet. That was an incredible showing for Shaq, so hopefully, we'll be able to cut some more red tape and make it happen. He's been hitting the gym lately, Shaq is pretty big right now. He's huge Shaq, that's the best way of looking at it. I think he is nervous about me so he is putting on a bit of size. Whereas I am "Tall Paul" the car salesman [laughs]."
As for what is left for him to accomplish in the world of professional wrestling, the world is wide open for him in AEW, but the former WWE Champion says he doesn’t do “bucket lists.”
"My bucket list? I don't really have a bucket list. I've never been a guy to say 'I've got to do that.' I'm not a goal setter. I know some guys wake up every day and they have goals and checklists. I try to enjoy every day and be thankful for every day. Whether I get to go out and compete or be around the talent, it's a good day. I've got some TV and movie projects on the side, so that's all picking up speed now. I don't have anything to complain about, I just take every day and enjoy it. But as far as opportunities go, I won't turn anything down but the sheets. I'm like Samuel Jackson. I'll say yes to everything. I look forward to whatever opportunities are available. After Rampage in Chicago, the wrestling world will get knocked on its ass. The scuttlebutt is true. Maybe attitude-era ish again."
Paul will return to the ring on Sunday, September 5, against QT Marshall at AEW All Out. Fightful will have live coverage of the event.