UFC Legend Daniel Cormier Opens Up on Potential AEW Debut, Praises Shaquille O’Neal

Published 03/06/2021, 8:00 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 03: Daniel Cormier of the United States celebrates his victory over Derrick Lewis of the United States in their heavyweight title bout during the UFC 230 event at Madison Square Garden on November 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)


AEW has got fans buzzing all week long! Revolution is turning out a highly anticipated PPV. Wrestling fans across the globe have scratched their heads, guessing who the mystery Hall of Fame-worthy talent could be. But they aren’t the only ones! UFC Star and avid wrestling fan Daniel Cormier, too, is left guessing!

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Daniel Cormier weighs in on mystery debutant at AEW Revolution

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 29: Daniel Cormier taunts opponent Jon Jones (not pictured in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 214 event at Honda Center on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC is bringing UFC 259 from Las Vegas, Nevada, tomorrow with a stacked card! Daniel Cormier was hyping the card and answered media questions a day before the event. During the Q&A, a reporter asked DC if he is AEW’s secret signing that will appear on Sunday.

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The former UFC Heavyweight Champion immediately denied that and also provided a reason why he isn’t the mystery man. He said, “No, I’m not. No man. My back is so jacked up, I can’t even wrestle if I wanted to. I’m not gonna do professional wrestling.”


The reporter also asked DC if he has any idea who the mystery man could be. This time, too, the answer was no different. “No idea. I saw Shaq the other day wrestling, so that was pretty cool.”

While the 41-year-old may have squashed any rumors of his debut, it could very well be possible that he knows who the mystery man is. DC’s interest and love for pro wrestling is no secret. After all, he also comes from a decorated wrestling background.

DC comments on Shaquille O’Neal’s AEW Debut

After a couple of teases in the WWE against the Big Show, Shaquille O’Neal finally made his in-ring debut this past week on AEW Dynamite. Shaq’s match exceeded all expectations, and it had to. Shaq did everything from a powerbomb to a chop to even knocking himself out cold after crashing through tables!

Although DC denied knowing or being the mystery man. He mentioned being impressed with Shaq’s debut. When asked about what he thought of Shaq’s debut, he said, “He did a good job.”

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“I think Shaq can do whatever he wants. The guy is just unbelievable in every single thing that he does. He’s a great guy, great man, good friend of mine, and he just does fantastic work in whatever he chooses to do.” Cormier continued.

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)

We totally agree with Daniel Cormier here. Shaq did an exceptionally awesome job in his AEW debut. He looked like a megastar, and it legit felt like giant hunting its prey. As a matter of fact, the chop to Cody is still echoing in our ears!

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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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