“Let’s Do it in March” – NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Calls Out AEW Superstar Cody Rhodes to a Wrestling Match

Published 01/27/2021, 10:36 PM EST
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)


The first-ever AEW Awards opened this week’s edition of Dynamite on TNT. Legendary NBA Player Shaquille O’Neal appeared as a guest presenter for Bleacher Report PPV Moment of the Year. During the announcement, Shaq also laid down an interesting challenge to AEW EVP Cody Rhodes.

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Shaq challenges Cody Rhodes to a match

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After presenting the award, Shaq turned his attention to Cody Rhodes. He said if Cody wants a battle, all he has to do is name a time and place.

He said, “Cody Rhodes, punk, you want a battle? You just name the time and the date, I’ll be there. You little Punk with a little blonde hair, you look like a little girl. You want some of the Shaq attack? Name the place. Matter of fact, let’s do it in March.”

Later in the show, ‘The American Nightmare‘ came out with his advisor, Arn Anderson, to answer Shaq. Cody brought up Brandi Rhodes being pregnant, saying if not for that, he and Brandi would’ve demolished Shaq and Jade Cargill. He then asked Arn Anderson to respond to Shaq on his behalf.

Anderson brought up a brief story about Dusty Rhodes making it for Cody’s birth in 1985 after wrestling across the country earlier that day. He then billed the match between Cody Rhodes and Shaq as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

 

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‘The Enforcer’ then brought out Red Velvet, Brandi’s associate, and the one Jade Cargill has attacked at frequent intervals. Red Velvet came down and cut a promo about how she’s going to whoop Jade Cargill, and then Cody challenged Shaq and Cargill to a mixed tag team match at AEW Revolution.

Shaq made the first move today during the AEW Awards, and Cody Rhodes took it a step further. Now, the question is, will Jade and Shaq agree to a mixed tag team match? Honestly, they will. Shaq has never wrestled except for a few physical altercations in the WWE, so a mixed tag match makes sense.

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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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