“I’m Outmatched”- John Cena Recalls Arm Wrestling With NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal

Published 03/29/2021, 10:58 AM EDT


John Cena and Shaquille O’Neal have the funniest interactions and it’s a shame that the two never saw each other in the Wrestling ring at least once throughout their Wrestling appearances. However, that never stopped them from engaging in a battle of strength nearly 3 years ago. 

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In 2018, John Cena and Shaq were guests on TODAY with Hoda Kotb and the two actually indulged in an arm-wrestling competition. The goal was to decide once and for all who the stronger of the two were. Needless to say, it ended in a draw after both sprites nearly ended up winning. 

You can watch the moment below from the 2:20 mark. 

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In a recent interview with NBA on TNT, John Cena recalled this moment and actually admitted that the NBA legend was the stronger of the two at the time!

“So I’m going to go into my sports analyst moment here. Arm wrestling is all about leverage. And if you look at the immediate situation here, I’m outmatched. I’m grossly outmatched. And I think the thing to take away is we both have on fantastic blue suits,” Cena joked.

Shaquille O’Neal named John Cena as the strongest man in the NBA

Responding to that, Shaq dignified Cena as the strongest man in the NBA. Judging by the players he’s faced or played with, this is a huge statement. He also recalled the time he saw Cena pull off an insane move on the court. 

“John is probably the strongest guy in the NBA. He’s really strong. And he can dunk, off the vert, two hands. He did it. No stretch at all, he went two hands, knees, and I was like ‘OK!’”

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Needless to say, the two had a good laugh on the show. ‘The Cenator’ also had a lot to say about Shaq’s AEW debut and believed he would have been huge in WWE. You can see the entire interview below.

John Cena is currently working on a spinoff to his role in Suicide Squad 2 as Peacemaker. Fans believe the second installment in this franchise will be better than the original and hit on the key points of what the DC Universe wanted for it. 

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Fans are excited to see how Cena fits into it all as Peacemaker, but we can expect only the best from him.

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Luke Dias

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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