If Bow Wow or Soulja Boy are really serious about stepping into the squared circle to compete as a professional wrestler, they will have to follow a huge WTF moment from another Platinum-selling rapper. Shaq Diesel album creator Shaquille O’Neal made his All Elite Wrestling in-ring debut on last night’s Dynamite.
The 4-time NBA champion/basketball Hall of Famer teamed with wrestling newcomer Jade Cargill in a mixed tag team match against AEW Executive Vice-President Cody Rhodes and rising star Red Velvet. One specific moment from the match caught the attention of a lot of social media users.
As Shaq stood on the side of the ring, Rhodes jumped over the top rope and rammed the over 7-foot-tall athlete through two tables set up on the floor. The image of O’Neal laid out at ringside became an instant meme online as #AEWDynamite quickly climbed to the top of the Twitter trends list in the United States.
This is not the first time a celebrity guest went viral for an appearance on Dynamite. Rap icon Snoop Dogg also joined Cody Rhodes for a special January 2020 episode of the TNT program dubbed New Year’s Smash. Snoop’s AEW cameo included the 49-year-old musician diving off the top rope to get a mock pin on Serpentico.
All Elite Wrestling’s connection to Hip Hop also extends to Julien “Director X” Lutz. The legendary music video director – best known for crafting memorable visuals for Aaliyah, Drake, Jay-Z, Nelly, Usher, and others – spearheaded AEW’s The History Of A Revolution collaboration last year.
AEW’s Revolution pay-per-view is scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 7 from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The event’s card includes matches featuring Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley, The Young Bucks, Sting, Matt Hardy, Chris Jericho, Darby Allin, Hikaru Shida, MJF, Adam Page, Ryo Mizunami, and more.