Surprise! I’m back for another day of Headlines. I’m filling in for Andrew, because life happens, and I didn’t realize it was going to be such a slow news day. However, I found an interview Big Show did, which I thought was a quick, fun read.<!--more-->There seems to have been a lot of confusion over the last few months about the possibility of a Big Show-Shaq match at this year’s WrestleMania. It was heavily rumored last year (and pretty much every year since 2009), particularly after Shaq said, “I’m going to wrestle Big Show at WrestleMania this year,” or whatever. WWE quickly responded that the match would not be happening, and Shaq said, “Um, I think I know what I’m talking about, and I’m wrestling at WrestleMania.” Not wanting to be outdone, WWE had Big Show do an interview with The Miami Herald, wherein he clarifies his role at the big show (see what I did there?), in case no one has been watching Raw or Smackdown.From The Miami Herald:
"I know there are a lot of rumors this year that I might get a chance to compete against Shaq at WrestleMania [28 Miami]. I didn’t hear anything about it on my end.I don’t know if Shaq was getting froggy, stirring up some stuff, but if he ever wants to take his Nike butt away from the announcers’ desk and try to step in the ring, he’s more than welcome to try.I teach as well as I compete. So he can come on down and get a lesson."Big Show will be facing Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship at this year’s show, but that didn’t stop him from talking trash to the NBA legend, which may or may not indicate that the two will eventually face off in a WWE ring.Personally, I would like to see those two go at it. There’s nothing I like more than watching two big, sweaty bald men smacking each other in their underwear (wait…), and these are two of the biggest and baldest. The article mentions Shaq’s appearance as Raw Guest Host back in 2009, where he and Big Show got physical with each other, and Shaq showed then that he might be fun to watch in the ring. He has the size and the charisma. I’d pay to see it, but I’d much rather pay to see Cody Rhodes Beautiful Disaster kick the piss out of Big Show.At the end of the article, Show has this to say about what he would prefer his Mania match to be:
“Just being involved in WrestleMania is a huge honor,” he said. “There’s only like 10 spots on the entire card available for matches, With the multitude of talent that we have, being in position to you have a match at WrestleMania is a huge honor.Of course from an egocentric basis, yea, I like being the man and competing for a world title or wrestling somebody like Mayweather or Akebono or Shaq. It’s all gratifying. Being a part of WrestleMania, being on the card itself and competing is amazing. I’ve been in 11 WrestleManias. That’s an outstanding part of my career, and I’m pretty proud of that.I’ve had some big matches, and I really can’t complain. Being on the show, and if I can get a good spot on the card, all is good. It’s an accomplishment in itself just to be able to get a match at WrestleMania. A lot of people don’t."I think what he’s trying to say is that it doesn’t matter who beats him, he just wants to be on the show. The article also talks about Show’s college basketball days, and what would happen if he and Shaq had met on the court. It’s a fun read, so check it out. Here’s the link again.In other news…Apparently there’s talk of moving the Money in the Bank ladder match to SummerSlam to make that show seem more important. I know it’s supposed to be the #2 show of the year, but it’s rarely ever felt that way to me. Adding a match where 6-16 guys can try to get on the “Don’t try this at home” montage would definitely add to the atmosphere of the show. And I hate gimmick PPVs. (PWPix)Ring of Honor has just released a two-disc DVD on WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan called Bryan Danielson: The American Dragon. In case you don’t know, and I’m not judging you if you didn’t, Bryan built his career in independent wrestling promotions, where he was able to show tens of people that he is the best wrestler in the world. Seriously, though, he is the sh*t, and this is your chance to watch him have phenomenal matches with great wrestlers, instead of…ya know…Big Show. I’ll be picking this one up along with their Summer of Punk DVD. (ROH)JJ Dillon, who will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year with the Four Horsemen, did an audio interview with Major League Wrestling, where he discussed not managing the Brainbusters and Vince McMahon’s penchant for ignoring anything that didn’t happen in WWE. Yeah, it sounded pretty boring to me, too, but it’s better than listening to him suspend Eric Bischoff and Stevie Ray, or whoever, for the 93rd time. (MLW)Curt Hawkins tweeted that he and Michael McGillicutty were pulled over by state troopers, but were let go because he recognized them from NXT. It’s funny because no one watches NXT, except poor Lonestar who does a great job of reviewing it each and every week, right here at TJR. (PWInsider)If you’re here because you started reading John Canton’s WrestleMania reviews, and you decided this site is awesome, I write a weekly column on Thursdays called Disasterpiece Theatre, where I review movies that star wrestlers. I can only assume that someone here reads them, because they posted this nifty list of movies on Netflix’s streaming service. Check it out. Some of these will definitely be appearing in future columns, and there are some that I’ve already done. (PWInsider)That’s all for me, until tomorrow when Disasterpiece Theatre presents Hell Comes to Frogtown, starring “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.-JacobFollow me on Twitter.