WATCH: Shaquille O’Neal Once Took WWE Giant’s Help to Beat Up The Undertaker’s Brother Kane

Published 08/04/2022, 8:30 AM EDT
UNSPECIFIED – MAY 16: In this screengrab, Shaquille O’Neal speaks during Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 on May 16, 2020. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

Shaquille O’Neal is a fearless person. During his illustrious NBA career, he showed he wasn’t afraid of going up against the best. But he proved his fearless nature not only on the basketball court but also on the squared circle.

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Several celebrities have fought inside the ropes in WWE, and Shaq is a major one of them. The former Miami Heat player made a shocking appearance at WrestleMania 32, taking part in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

As soon as he stepped inside the ring, he had a stare-down with Big Show. Meanwhile, Kane, The Undertaker‘s on-screen brother, came in between and attacked Shaquille O’Neal and Big Show. But O’Neal and The Big Show kept aside their rivalry for a minute and teamed up to hit Kane with a Double Chokeslam.

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After taking Kane out of the picture, all the other participants joined hands and attacked Shaq and the 7-time World Champion. However, the others failed to keep these two giants down. The NBA legend showed his strength and overpowered all of them, just like Big Show. Shaq even eliminated former WWE star Damien Sandow.

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The two giants then exchanged blows before all the other participants came back to eliminate them. Interestingly, Shaq’s first WWE appearance had also involved Big Show in a 2009 RAW episode. Moreover, the Big Shamrock later appeared in other pro wrestling promotions as well.

Shaquille O’Neal also made his presence felt in WCW, Impact Wrestling and AEW

Shaq clearly has an interest in pro wrestling. And he is not a stranger to the pro wrestling fans, even though he has competed in just two pro wrestling matches.

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In 1994, the former Miami Heat player appeared at the Bash at the Beach PPV. Not just in WCW, he also appeared in Impact Wrestling in a backstage segment in 2012 with Hulk Hogan.

His most recent pro wrestling appearance took place in AEW. The 7 ft giant competed in a mixed tag team match on AEW Dynamite in March 2021. Shaquille O’Neal teamed up with Jade Cargill and defeated the team of Red Velvet and Cody Rhodes.

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It’s not unusual in the pro-wrestling universe for icons from other sports having a segment on the ring. Besides, given his interest in pro wrestling, it might not be a big surprise if fans get to see Shaq making another appearance in WWE, AEW or any other pro wrestling promotion.

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Shouvik Nath

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Shouvik Nath is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation from St.Xavier’s College, Shouvik wished to follow his passion for pro wrestling.

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