It is well known that NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is a huge fan of pro wrestling. He’s made past appearances in WWE and also AEW. He finally got in the ring for AEW, but it didn’t come without stretching the truth a bit.

Shaquille O’Neal made his in-ring debut in AEW on the March 3rd episode of Dynamite. He partnered up with Jade Cargill and faced off against Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet in a match that the NBA Hall of Famer and his partner won.

O’Neal certainly looked impressive in the match as he clearly trained for it. It also featured a spot where he went through two tables thanks to a crossbody from Cody Rhodes.

While speaking to Digital Spy, QT Marshall admitted that he lied to O’Neal while training for the match. Marshall told O’Neal that he could take a table spot during his match against Cody and there would be thick landing pads underneath them. Of course that turned out to be false.

He picked up on it very quickly. He’s a wrestling fan, so the moment that you asked him what he wanted to do, he already had a whole list of things that were in his mind that he was going to do to somebody and it was just about teaching him the right way to do it without hurting himself. He said something about maybe going through some tables and I told him, ‘Oh it won’t be that bad, we’ll put a really thick pad underneath,’ which was not true. I just didn’t want him to back out of it. So it was a lot of fun, as soon as he came in the back, right away, he said, ‘You lied to me! There was no pad under there!’ That’s wrestling, welcome to wrestling.

Shaquille O’Neal previously stated that he would love to compete in another match this Summer. We will have to see who O’Neal will compete against when he is back. Maybe he’ll know what he’s getting into next time around.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet has been a massive fan of professional wrestling for over 22 years, since the early days of the Monday Night Wars. Aside from wrestling, he also is into TV shows, movies, Anime, novels and a lot of music.

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