Fans are well aware of the fact that NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is a huge lover of pro wrestling. He has made past appearances in WWE and also AEW. He finally got in the ring for AEW earlier last year.

Shaquille O’Neal made his in-ring debut in AEW on the March 3rd episode of Dynamite. He teamed 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.

While speaking with The Zaslow Show, Jade Cargill revealed that Shaquille O’Neal warned her not to embarrass him ahead of their in-ring debut.

“It was a dream come true. This is a man that everybody watched growing up. I think every commercial break, you see an advertisement for this man. For me to even be in the same room and share conversation, share a ring with this man, was a blessing in disguise. Who gets a debut match with Shaquille O’Neal on prime-time TV? I remember before going out, I said ‘you ready?’ He looked at me and said ‘no. Are you ready? This is my world. I work in entertainment. Are you ready? Don’t embarrass me.’ That lit a fire under my ass. It was a surreal moment. This is a moment when people can see me. This is the time for me to make my mark.”


Jade Cargill is currently on an undefeated run as the TBS Women’s Champion and it is unlikely she will lose the title anytime soon. As for Shaq, he’s a very busy man, but you can never rule out a return to the ring. Keep checking back with Ringside News for more!

h/t Wrestling Inc

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