“He is Nervous” – Paul Wight Weighs In on a Potential Match With Shaquille O’Neal in AEW

Published 08/28/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


All Elite Wrestling wasn’t ever as popular as it is at the moment. There were talks about AEW being the new WCW and challenging WWE. But through the initial days, they didn’t look as legitimate of a threat as they do today. With so many top wrestlers and celebs visiting the ring, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal could be next on the list.

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AEW wrestler and announcer Paul Wight recently spoke with Chris Van Vliet on “Insight” and revealed a mouth watering prospect for the fans.

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“I think that will happen now because there is not as much red tape. He’s already competed with Cody Rhodes. It was him and Jade Cargill vs. Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet. That was an incredible showing for Shaq, so hopefully we’ll be able to cut some more red tape and make it happen. He’s been hitting the gym lately. Shaq is pretty big right now. He’s huge, Shaq, that’s the best way of looking at it. I think he is nervous about me, so he is putting on a bit of size. Whereas I am ‘Tall Paul’ the car salesman.” 

Shaq has already made cameos in WWE back in the day, but he wrestled his first actual match in AEW. With Wight outright stating a possibility of him and Shaq competing in the ring, the dream match might soon turn into reality.

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What can Shaquille O’Neal do for AEW moving forward?

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Celebs and other sporting stars entering the squared circle aren’t something new. This has been going on since the days of WWF and before. It is a pleasant surprise for the fan and a dream come true moment for the celebs.

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)

And since we all know how big of a star Shaquille O’Neal is, AEW’s ratings are surely going to through the roof. This could be another setback for WWE’s ratings and popularity. CM Punk’s AEW debut was the latest thorn in the bed of WWE. It only looks like things are going to get even better for AEW fans in the future.

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What can WWE do to match the hype of All Elite Wrestling? Comment down below and let us know!

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Aditya Pran Mahanta

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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Being a sports fanatic, he has played at the state level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge. He is a passionate fan of Rey Mysterio for his high flying style, Edge for being The Ultimate Opportunist, and Razor Ramon because nobody messes with the Bad Guy!

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