Shaquille O’Neal Once Caught The Rock Off Guard With a Taste of His Own Medicine

Published 02/16/2022, 11:23 AM EST
Former professional basketball player/author Shaquille O’Neal speaks on stage during LIVE from the NYPL: Shaquille O’Neal held at the New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwartzman Building in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Getty Images)

Shaquille O’Neal is known for his humorous jokes and comebacks with players and celebrities alike. So this one time, he took on wrestler turned actor The Rock.

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In 2014, during a promotional appearance for his show, ‘Wake Up Call’, the Rock visited Inside the NBA. A video from his visit has gone viral on social media where Shaq asks Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson when the show will premiere. Johnson was going to answer the question further when Shaq shouted, “It Doesn’t Matter When the Show Premieres”

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: (L-R) Former NBA players Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller and Shaquille O’Neal attend the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

In the same clip, broadcaster Ernie Johnson went through a list of names, asking Shaq if he could beat them. The list ended with the Rock. When Johnson mentioned the former wrestler, Shaq responded: “Yeah, he too pretty”.

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The Rocks makes his grand entry

This is when the Rock made his entrance into the conversation, popping up behind them on the big screen of Studio J. He went on to say, “This is what happens. I have known Shaq for a long time.”

The Scorpion King fame then added, “You bring my name up all of a sudden, Shaq says he could beat me. Now I know Shaq is one of the most dominant players of all time… four world championships, Gold medal, on top of that he made, ‘Kazoo’… I mean “Kazaam” It doesn’t matter what it is. The bottom line is Shaq can’t beat me.”

The Big Shamrock further asked the Rock if he thinks Shaq can beat Charles Barkley. First, the Rock responded “no,” and then he asked if the 4x Champion was confident that he could handle Barkley.

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And as Shaq started explaining his perspective, the Rock cut him off in the middle and in his typical manner, said, “it doesn’t matter what you think”.

Then the conversation moved towards his show, “Wake Up Call.”. The show revolved around Rock waking people up at 4 a.m. and staging dramatic reunions. He would also find ways through which he can motivate people towards their goals while following a disciplined lifestyle.

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Shaquille O’Neal makes his comeback against Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Then Shaq asked him the premier date for the show. It appeared as if he was waiting for his chance to make a comeback. And that’s when O’Neal gave the Rock a taste of his own medicine. Watch it here:

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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