WATCH: Cody Rhodes Sends NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Crashing through Table on AEW Dynamite

Published 03/03/2021, 9:02 PM EST

Shaquille O’Neal and Jade Cargill battled Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet on AEW Dynamite: March 3, 2021,


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The highlight of this titanic clash was Rhodes’ inhuman display of strength as he managed to put Shaquille O’Neal through a table.

He took a running start before coming at the NBA Legend with all his strength and taking him down while crashing his massive frame into the furniture.


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Rhodes returned with a scoopslam

The match started with O’Neal delivering a powerbomb. However, soon after this, ‘The American Nightmare’ successfully retaliated with a scoopslam.

As is obvious, it wasn’t easy for Rhodes to lift the 7 foot monster. In fact, after this, he was in a pain for a couple of seconds.

How did the feud between Shaquille O’Neal and Cody Rhodes begin?

The feud between the NBA Legend and the AEW EVP has been building for months.

It started when O’Neal’s partner, Jade Cargill, opposed Rhodes’ claim of being a giant killer by saying she had a true giant and presented Shaquille.

The tension worsened when Rhodes’ wife, Brandi Rhodes, threw water on Shaquille O’Neal during an interview. As a result, Cody Rhodes offered O’Neal the opportunity to settle the matter inside the ring.

The giant accepted and told Rhodes to name the time and place, confirming a massive AEW debut.

Originally, the tag team match was supposed to be between Shaquille and Cargill vs. Cody and Brandi Rhodes. However, Brandi Rhodes backed off after announcing her pregnancy. Luckily, Red Velvet stepped up and filled Brandi’s spot since she had her own issues with Cargill.

The American Nightmare opens up about the NBA Legend’s debut

Shaquille O’Neal debuting at AEW will undoubtedly help the company reel in a greater number of viewers. However, during an interview with the New York Post, Cody explained that the idea of getting Shaquille to AEW happened rather fast.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 16: Shaquille O’Neal is seen at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on July 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

QT informed Rhodes that O’Neal had started training, and after watching a video of the session, Rhodes knew this was happening.


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“Right at that moment, I knew we were into an area where this could really, seriously happen. We really jumped on it in the best way we could. QT is really technically responsible for that. He and (AEW president) Tony Khan because he and Tony have a great relationship as well. It kind of willed itself into existence like so many other things in AEW.”

Related: NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Makes Huge AEW Debut in Exciting Match on Dynamite

If Shaquille O’Neal continues to make regular appearances on AEW Dynamite, it will boost the ratings and help the show sustain against every competitor in the industry.


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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.