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Big Show says He'll Retire After his Current Contract Expires

Posted By James Walsh on 03/15/17


Big Show spoke with Sports Illustrated for a new interview. Some highlights are below:

On his plans for WrestleMania 33 not involving a match with Shaquille OíNeal as of now: ďI want to do this match. It certainly isnít on me. Iím serious and dedicated. Whether Shaq has other obligations or business, thatís on him. As far as I know, weíre still trying to make Princess Shaq happy so we can move forward with the match at WrestleMania. I have a lot of respect for Shaq. Heís one of the greatest NBA centers of all time. But hereís the thing, and I say this with all humility, Iím one of the greatest big men ever in the WWE. Iím giving Shaq the opportunity to showcase himself at our biggest event of the year. He is an entertainer and he is an attraction, and he is a heck of an athlete. But heís hemming and hawing saying itís somebody elseís fault. If you want to do this, come do this. This is something where Shaq saw how great of shape I was in, and he decided to back out. Thatís a personal thing on Shaq.Ē

On planning to retire once his contract expires in February of next year: ďNo last matches, no fanfare, just ride off into the sunset and disappear. Thatís more my style. Iíll find something else to do that is inspiringóand let these new kids take the business and the reigns and let them build the future. I wish them all luck. Everything changes. Weíve got a great group of talent that deserves the spotlight. I may work in some sort of ambassador capacity for WWE. Iím going to try to pursue a course with this Jetsons cartoon. Iíve pestered Seth Green, who is like the cartoon king, to get me some more cartoons. Iíll try to do some more films, and thatís my transition. Iíve had a great career and Iím really thankful for everyone Iíve worked with, but everything comes to an end.Ē