Shaq Attack: O’Neal ready to rumble in tag match for AEW

Nonprofit gets new hoops for victims of domestic abuse with help from Shaq, Orlando Magic
Nonprofit gets new hoops for victims of domestic abuse with help from Shaq, Orlando Magic

Hack-a-Shaq is coming to All Elite Wrestling.

Shaquille O'Neal may again absorb some intentional hits in his tag team match this week. The 7-foot-1 basketball Hall of Famer gets his chance to dish out retribution — maybe a slam, a side headlock or a clothesline — when he steps into the ring for his first match with AEW.

“Oh, I’m winning,” O'Neal said. “Guaranteed.”

O’Neal says he’s a lifelong wrestling fan and ripped off a list of favorite wrestlers from Tony Atlas and Junkyard Dog to Andre the Giant and Brock Lesnar.

Big guys. Tough guys.

Like Shaq.

O’Neal is set to perform in his first competitive match when he teams in All Elite Wrestling with Jade Cargill in a mixed tag to take on Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida, on Wednesday’s episode of “Dynamite.”

The seeds for a feud were set up last November when Cargill appeared on “Dynamite” and trash-talked Rhodes that O’Neal was the real giant-killer of pro wrestling. O’Neal responded on “Inside the NBA” and told Rhodes to name the place.