WATCH: NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Pays Tribute to Brodie Lee During AEW Debut

Published 03/04/2021, 7:46 AM EST
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 14: American Express Brings Together Rapper Travis Scott and Sport’s Legend Shaquille O’Neal at Austin City Limits Festival on October 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for American Express)


NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal impressed the entire wrestling world when he made his in-ring debut alongside Jade Cargill against Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet. Shaq is receiving praises from all over the wrestling world, but there is one gesture he did that really touched the fans.

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Shaquille O’Neal pays tribute to Brodie Lee on AEW Debut

The mixed tag team match between Shaq and Jade Cargill versus Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet opened the show. This was the first time Shaq wrestled a legit pro wrestling match, and boy, did he impress.

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.@SHAQ came to play #AEWDynamite pic.twitter.com/gvhFCwuyP2

— All Elite Wrestling on TNT (@AEWonTNT) March 4, 2021

Shaq looked like an absolutely crazy giant who’d wreck anyone standing in his path. He made quick work of Austin Gunn of The Nightmare Family. He even brutalized Cody Rhodes with a picture-perfect powerbomb.

All Shaq slander is suspended for 90 days for this Brodie Lee tribute pic.twitter.com/XLsNWl9RCj

— Kazeem Famuyide 🍎 (@Kazeem) March 4, 2021

Shaq delivered the powerbomb so neatly that the entire wrestling world began singing his praises. But it was not just the right technique he used for the powerbomb, but also a gesture that won millions of hearts.

The NBA Legend had Cody set for the powerbomb. He did the Brodie Lee aka Luke Harper signature gesture and then delivered the vicious move.

Not everyone realized this little tribute the big man paid, but social media is enough for the word to spread like wildfire. Either way, it was a gracious gesture, and it’s great to see Brodie Lee’s legacy thriving in the wrestling world.

Whose idea was the Brodie Lee tribute?

As of now, we can only guess who came up with the idea to pay tribute to Brodie Lee. There can be two possibilities – one, Shaq himself came up with the idea to honor another giant or two, Cody Rhodes came up with this idea. After all, Cody and Brodie shared a very good relationship.

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There is another possibility here. The Big Show aka Paul Wight could also be responsible for this little spot in the middle. Big Show and Brodie Lee had a good rapport during their time in WWE, and Show’s wrestling IQ is next level. It is very well possible that he may have suggested the move.

At this moment, we can only speculate who came up with the idea. What do you think? Did you like the Brodie Lee tribute from Shaq? Who do you think came up with the idea? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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