Shaquille O’Neal goes flying through a table when Cody Rhodes vaults over the ropes onto him in his first wrestling match for AEW Dynamite and the 7ft 1ins former NBA player then has to BEND his knees to fit in an ambulance
- Shaq teamed with Jade Cargill to defeat Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet at Daily’s Place
- His heel performance and powerbomb tribute to Brodie Lee lit up the internet with praise
- The basketball legend has been training at Rhodes’ Nightmare Factory wrestling school
Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal had to bend his knees to fit in an ambulance after Cody Rhodes sent him through a table in his first wrestling match for AEW Dynamite.
Shaq, a long-time fan of the sport, had impressed viewers earlier in the match with a powerbomb move fans hailed as a tribute to the late Brodie Lee, a former AEW and WWE talent.
Shaq dominated Rhodes, an executive vice president with AEW and the child of wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes, in the first half of the match and his heel performance lit up the internet with praise.
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Shaq had teamed with Jade Cargill to defeat Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet at Daily’s Place
Cody Rhodes vaulted over the ropes and sent him crashing through two tables outside the ring
Shaq was later seen having to bend his knees in order to fit into an ambulance after he smashed through two tables
‘I’m not a professional wrestler, but I’ve been in a match before. I’ve got a lot of moves in my arsenal. When you step inside somebody’s world, you have to stick to what you’re masterful at,’ Shaq told the Associated Press before the match.
‘I’m not acrobatic. I’m not going to be jumping off the ropes. I’m coming with the power game. When I get hands on him, I’m going to display this power.’
Later, Shaq was standing on the ring apron when Rhodes vaulted over the ropes and sent him crashing through two tables outside the ring.
‘Good God Almighty, the tables are everywhere!’ announcers said.
Shaq was later seen bending his knees to fit into an ambulance after being placed onto a stretcher.
The basketball star has been training at Rhodes’ Nightmare Factory wrestling school and had last wrestled in WWE’s Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32, the New York Post reported.
‘All Shaq slander is suspended for 90 days for this Brodie Lee tribute,’ wrote @Kazeem, praising his powerbomb.
Earlier in the night, Shaq had paid tribute to Brodie Lee with a powerbomb that has been praised online
Other Twitter users called Shaq’s powerbomb ‘cool as hell’ as he even paid tribute to Brodie Lee’s kiss taunt.
‘Shaq’s powerbomb was legit and he showed real commitment taking that table bump,’ @thejoshlive tweeted.
Another Twitter user praised those who have trained Shaq in recent months.
‘Shaq pulled the whole match off. Kudos to everyone who trained him,’ @OlaAkande87 tweeted.
Mick Foley, who performed as Cactus Jack in WCW and ECW from 1991 to 1996, tweeted: ‘HUGE props to @SHAQ for taking that bump!’
Pat McAfee simply said ‘Shaq killed it.’
‘DID SHAQ SHOW RESPECT FOR BRODIE CAUSE I WILL CRY,’ tweeted @allelitekaylerr.