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Shaquille O'Neal appeared at WrestleMania 32

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Shaquille O'Neal had been teasing for a number of years that he would make an appearance at the WWE's biggest event, WrestleMania. 

Well, it finally happened at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as the four-time NBA Champion appeared in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale at the 32nd instalment of the showpiece event. 

There were 19 professional wrestlers in the ring awaiting the final contest when the 101,763 capacity crowd erupted as Shaq entered the stage.

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He faced up to the Big Show, who he had a run in with during his last appearance in the WWE back in 2009 when he was the special guest host of Raw.

Standing at 7"1' he was the tallest, and biggest, man in the ring. Kane grabbed both Shaq and Show by the neck before the duo sent him crashing to the mat with a double choke slam.

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He made his presence felt by eliminating Damian Sandow, throwing him over the top rope. However, the WWE superstars were not about to let the NBA great enjoy too much success.

His night came to an end as he and seven-time World Heavyweight Champion, Big Show, were eliminated by a combination of 13 other competitors. The Battle Royale was won by Baron Corbin.

The former Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic star took to social media afterwards, simply saying: "Had fun tonight @wwe s/o @tapout #wrestlemania32 #bigshow #wwe."

After the event, O'Neal was interviewed by Renee Young for WWE's official YouTube channel, where he issued a challenge for the Big Show. 

He said: "I'm a little upset. I've been wanting Big Show for years. It's my second time, my first one did not go well, this one they double-teamed us, but hopefully, before he retires, it will just be me against him. If you're listening, I'm ready to take on Big Show whenever wherever. Just let me know."

Speaking about his experience of performing at WrestleMania 32, before continuing to call out Show, he said: "This is an incredible venue. 100,000 people is awesome. Fans were into it, I think a lot of people were surprised to see me but I think once they realised it was me, they were looking to see a good match.

"We got double-teamed, quadruple-teamed but, hopefully, we can bring it back to Dallas for Shaq versus Big Show."

With six years separating his WWE appearance, fans may have to wait some time to see him once again.

It will be back to the day job for the 44-year-old with the NBA regular-season approaching its end. As an analyst on TNT, Shaq is sure to be busy with the fight for a playoff berth hotting up and he will continue to work with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny 'the Jet' Smith during the postseason. 

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