A picture of Shaquille O’Neal, known to fans worldwide as Shaq, attending an AEW event has been posted on social media.
The reveal that the NBA legend was in attendance at an AEW event (reported elsewhere as Dynamite tapings but potentially Full Gear – which Shaq attended – based on the make-up Thunder Rosa is wearing) came after former NWA World Women’s Champion, Thunder Rosa, posted a snap of the pair on Twitter asking fans who would win in a Free Throw Shooting Contest.
— Thunder Rosa (@thunderrosa22) November 15, 2020
Shaq’s presence backstage has fuelled the fire of speculation that the colossus will be present in All Elite Wrestling going forward.
He first rang alarm bells during the November 11 Dynamite when he issued a challenged to former AEW TNT Champion Cody Rhodes through mouthpiece, Jade Cargill. Following the challenge, Brandi Rhodes strode out on the stage to confront the woman who had stood up to her husband.
While the challenge was shocking in itself, that Shaq is involved in a TNT produced product isn’t. Currently, the man of the hour serves as an analyst for NBA games on the channel and has close friendships with executives and those who work closely with AEW.
Though Cody Rhodes vs. Shaq isn’t set in stone, the former AEW TNT Champion will certainly be looking for his next big storyline as the company head into AEW Resolution in February.
Thunder Rosa will challenge Serena Deeb for the NWA World Women’s Championship on the November 18 AEW Dynamite.