‘The Scottish Psychopath’ Drew McIntyre has planted a claymore on what former NBA star, Shaq, could have achieved in professional wrestling.
There have been many instances of stars crossing over to the industry from other forms of sports entertainment over the years, from Ronda Rousey to Ken Shamrock, Rob Gronkowski to Snooki and even ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ Mike Tyson.
However, Shaquille O’Neil – better known as Shaq – has been one of the more frequent celebrities to reoccur both in World Wrestling Entertainment where he was once pencilled in for a WrestleMania clash against Big Show, and more recently All Elite Wrestling where he will go toe-to-toe with Cody Rhodes.
Now, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre has spoken to TMZ Sports about what the star could have accomplished in the industry had his NBA career not worked out, comparing him to an Andre the Giant type of phenomenon:
“If he didn’t get into basketball, he definitely would have succeeded in the world of WWE. One-hundred percent, based on the size alone. He would have been a heck of a WWE Superstar — a spectacle — like an Andre the Giant, but add on that personality on top of it? That’s box office.
I have been around Shaq, multiple times, over the years. As we know, Shaq appears everywhere, he’s a very busy man. He keeps himself busy and he’s shown up in WWE a few times. I was there when himself and the Big Show had a face-off. Shaq is considerably taller, which I don’t think Big Show was so happy about. He’s a big, big man, and very charismatic.”
Ahead of his appearance on the March 3 AEW Dynamite, Shaq appeared alongside WWE Superstar and current Mr. Money in the Bank, The Miz, on the Super Bowl Kickoff Show on February 7.
Credit for the interview: TMZ Sports
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.