Jace Evans, USA TODAY
Printed 12: 01 a.m. ET March 4, 2021 | Updated 12: 04 a.m. ET March 4, 2021
Shaquille O’Neal is without doubt among the NBA’s all-time great personalities and showmen, so it be no surprise he fits valid into the wacky and beautiful world of professional wrestling.
The Basketball Hall of Famer returned to the wrestling ring again Wednesday night time as section of the “AEW Dynamite” uncover, the promotion’s weekly program that airs on TNT — where Shaq also stars as a panelist on “Throughout the NBA.”
O’Neal, who used to be listed as 7-foot-1 throughout his NBA profession, took section in a tag crew match with Jade Cargill against Cody Rhodes and Crimson Velvet.
“Oh, I’m winning,” O’Neal informed The Associated Press days earlier than the match. “Assured.”
“I’m the model, I will be capable of by no means aid down from a problem,” O’Neal added. “I’m now no longer a talented wrestler, however I’ve been in a match earlier than. I’ve got a lot of moves in my arsenal. If you happen to step interior someone’s world, it is top to follow what you’re masterful at. I’m now no longer acrobatic. I’m now no longer going to be leaping off the ropes. I’m coming with the energy recreation. After I gain fingers on him, I’m going to demonstrate this energy.”
Even though now 48 years broken-down, “The Diesel” — who used to be billed Wednesday at 365 kilos — did certainly uncover the AEW viewers masses of the energy and athleticism that made him one of the most unguardable players in NBA history.
The highlight of the night time, although, used to be Rhodes sending Shaq through a ringside table.
Even though Shaq used to be “knocked out” by the hit — he used to be build on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance … which he disappeared from — Cargill secured the victory for the duo.
O’Neal got right here through on his guarantee. Form of.
Contributing: Associated Press