Friday, June 3, 2011

Shaq and WWE

I avoided going with the more sensationalistic "Shaq to WWE?" headline, but thought this was worth discussing.

As most everyone should know, Shaquille O'Neal wrapped a 19 year, Hall of Fame-worthy, NBA career this week.  Obviously, I wish Shaq well as he was one of my three favorite basketball players at one time along with David Robinson and hometown hero, Dominique Wilkins.  The question is, "What will Shaq do now?"  An option I'd like to see Shaq explore is to get back into the professional wrestling industry.  Why wrestling?  He made an appearance at a WCW PPV in Hogan's pre-nWo days and had a memorable confrontation with The Big Show when he guest hosted RAW.  Aside from that, Shaq is extremely charismatic and I think that along with his size would go perfectly in the world of wrestling.  Don't believe me?  How about Dragon Gate USA booker, Gabe Sapolsky?  Lords of Pain posted this article today which included some thoughts from Mr. Sapolsky:

"It's no secret that wrestling .. errrr ... sports entertainment needs something to shake it up," Sapolsky wrote. "WWE gained a great boost recently with the return of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Now they need that one hook for the mainstream public like Mike Tyson was in 1996.

"'The Answer' just quit his job and became a free agent. His name is Shaquille O'Neal. Shaq is on the market. It's well documented he loves wrestling. He understands how to entertain and perform. He has size and athletic ability. The best part is he could now make a long term commitment and he's looking for something new to do."

WWE themselves got in on the act on Friday per the same LoP article:
"WWE Universe member Shaquille O'Neal has had the world abuzz since announcing his retirement from the NBA. After his tussle with Big Show as Raw guest star, WWE fans might wonder if the 15-time All-Star will now look to settle his one-night rivalry."
Will it happen?  I don't know, but I'd give it a look.  The Big Diesel vs The Big Show might not be a technical masterpiece, but it would be an event.

Until next time, enjoy this WCW footage of Shaq, Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart even though it isn't the greatest quality.

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