Shaquille O’Neal, a legend of the NBA, is no stranger to WWE. The NBA star has frequently made appearances on WWE TV. Neal presided over Monday Night Raw in 2009. The seven-footer even made an unexpected appearance in the Andre The Giant memorial battle royal event at WrestleMania 32 in 2016. Yet even before making appearances in WWE, Shaq could be seen in a commercial for WCW’s Bash at the Beach PPV alongside Hulk Hogan.
Shaq has unquestionably made a lot of friends in the wrestling community. And The Big One, The Rock, is one of them. The NBA player boldly asserted that he could defeat The Rock in a wrestling battle during a talk show in 2014. He had no idea that The Brahma Bull was watching Shaq insult people over satellite.
The Rock and Shaquille O Neal Engage in A Funny Wordplay
The host of an episode of Inside the NBA challenged Shaq to defeat wrestlers from the WWE. Shaq responded, “Oh!” when asked if he could defeat Hulk Hogan. Simple: He’s too old.
Shaq also asserted that he could defeat Chris Jericho and Big Show. He responded, “Yes, he too pretty!” when asked if he could defeat The Rock, a 10-time WWE Champion.
Shaq was shocked when The Rock unexpectedly appeared on the big screen following his assertion. The actor-wrestler then joined in the conversation and asserted that Shaq couldn’t defeat him.
Big Shaq further questioned The Rock on his opinion of his chances of defeating Charles Barkley, who was there at the table. The Rock initially responded “no” without any hesitation. Shaq was able to rephrase his question, but The Rock again declined after pausing to consider it.
Shaq’s antics got a good laugh from everyone at the table. The two had, however, previously gotten each other’s goats.
The Rock Once Tweeted that He Would Slap Shaquille O Neal S Lips Off His Face
The Rock and John Cena, two of the best wrestlers, faced off against one another in 2012. It was planned for their clash to occur on the biggest stage. The Era Vs. Era contest sowed discord among the supporters. While some fans supported John Cena, others supported The Rock. The Big Shamrock tweeted in favor of John Cena on Twitter.
Two more sets of tweets.
Oh, going there? Come on #cenation, back me up. Let s go john cena will smash da rock
SHAQ (@SHAQ) April 1, 2012
@SHAQ Hows your lips Shaq? Cause next time I see you, I m slapping them off your face. #TeamBringIt #ByeByeLips
Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 3, 2012
In a humorous response to Shaq’s post, The Rock threatened to slap Shaq’s lips off his face when they next crossed paths.