Shaquille O'Neal took to the web following the announcement of AEW's ring debut. The former NBA star, in fact, will face Cody Rhodes in a Mixed Tag Team Match in the episode of Dynamite in March that precedes the PPV Revolution.
It will be in effect his first fight ever, apart from his flash appearance at WrestleMania 32's Andre The Gian Memorial Battle Royal, Drew McIntyre recently spoke on Shaquille O'Neal on TMZ's microphones. He said, “I've been around Shaq for a long time over the years.
He appears everywhere, he is a very busy man and even in WWE he made appearances of him. I was there when he had that face to face with the Big Show. Shaq is much taller than him and I know for a fact that he didn't like that.
But what distinguishes him is undoubtedly his great charisma." WWE Champion Drew McIntyre will face Randy Orton in a Monday Night RAW rematch of their clash from November, WWE has confirmed.
Drew McIntyre praises NBA legend, Shaquille O'Neal
Drew McIntyre added: "If he hadn't been involved in basketball, he would certainly have been a big hit in WWE.
I am 100% convinced of it, only for his size would have been a phenomenon. He could have been a great wrestler." There had been several rumors in the past that Shaquille O'Neal and WWE were close to signing a deal, but the Company was not happy with his physical condition.
The former basketball champion, however, has repeatedly returned the accusations to the sender, stating that in reality, the two sides had not agreed from a monetary point of view. We will see if Shaq's debut in AEW can help Tony Khan's company to continue the positive trend of ratings of the last few weeks, also supported by the shock appearance of Kenta, who has definitively opened the doors to the partnership with the New Japan Pro Wrestling, until a few years ago only a forbidden dream.
Monday Night RAW will be the next chapter in what is already a storied rivalry between McIntyre and Orton. The pair have faced each other several times in the past, including Summerslam, Clash of Champions and Hell in a Cell - where Orton would finally vanquish McIntyre to claim the WWE title.
However, it wouldn't be long before McIntyre regained his prized championship, as the pair would face off again on the November 16 edition of Monday Night Raw, with the title on the line. The question is: Will their next non-title battle be any different? Let us know in the comments.