Shaquille O’Neal and Jade Cargill squared off against Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet in a mixed tag team match on this past week’s episode of AEW Dynamite. Fans were surprised to see just how good the match actually turned out to be.
It featured Shaquille O’Neal hitting a powerbomb on Cody Rhodes, as a tribute to Brodie Lee. He also went through two tables which effectively took him out of the match. However, O’Neal and Cargill won the match after Cargill hit her finisher on Red Velter and pinned her for the win.
Here is what Bryan Alvarez of Figure Four Weekly had to say regarding Shaquille O’Neal preparing for the match:
“I talked to several people and what I’ve gathered is that Shaq has been training for awhile,” Alvarez said on the show. He’d continue to say he’s not sure exactly how long Shaq had been preparing, however.
“I know there were rumors that he had been secretly training since the summer, I don’t know if it’s been that long,
Alvarez revealed that O’Neal is not signed to AEW, which means he’d be free to appear in WWE, though he said he wishes Shaq was under a deal to wrestle every 6 months..
“I believe he was training with QT Marshall. I did hear from multiple people that it was everything that we heard about Pat McAfee. Despite what you may have seen on the videos, where he appeared to be very lazy and half-caring, this guy took it very seriously. He worked his ass off, he was nice to everybody, he was polite and humble, everything you heard about McAfee.”