Shaquille O’Neal: “When Cody Rhodes Challenged Me… I’ve Been Dreaming About This My Whole Life”

Published 12/14/2021, 7:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Shaquille O’Neal appears to promote “Toys for Tots” during the AOL BUILD Series at AOL HQ on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)


Shaquille O’Neal has been a lifelong wrestling fan. He has made numerous appearances in several wrestling events, such as the WCW, WWE, and the AEW. Apart from basketball, Shaq has loved professional wrestling and has appeared in the televised events of four different wrestling promotions over the years.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

It all started in 1994 when Shaq made several appearances in the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and even presented the title belt to the winner of Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. Since then, he has appeared in the WWE, Impact Wrestling, and the AEW.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Shaq’s most recent wrestling appearance came earlier this year when he teamed up with Jade Cargill against Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet in the AEW Dynamite. In a recent episode of ‘Shaq Life’ on TNT, Shaq has revealed that he dreamed about this when Cody Rhodes challenged him.

Shaquille O’Neal reveals that he dreamed about fighting when challenged by Cody Rhodes

TNT has recently released the first episode of the 2nd season of ‘Shaq Life‘. In the recently released episode, TNT has covered his AEW match that he fought earlier this March. During the episode, Shaq revealed that it was his dream to fight in a professional wrestling match after Cody Rhodes challenged him.

“Been wrestling like I’ve been not a professional wrestler, but I’ve been wrestling ever since the times of Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant,” Shaq said.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“Me and my cousins, me and my boys, we used to do it all the time so. When Cody challenged me to that, I’ve been dreaming about this all my life. Cody, I’m ready for you,” he added.

Shaq and Jade Cargill emerged victorious against Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet. The tag team match opened the 3rd March edition of AEW Dynamite. However, Shaq was stretchered into an ambulance after the match. But Shaq managed to win his debut AEW match, thanks to Jade Cargill, who pinned Red Velvet with a slam.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The build-up to the tag team match started in November last year when Cargill made her debut. She said that Cody has never dealt with someone like Shaquille O’Neal. Several events led to the decision of the tag team match. However, Shaq had the last laugh as he won his AEW debut match.

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Abhishek Singh

419 articles

Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT