WWE champion Drew McIntyre has claimed that Shaquille O’Neal could have had an Andre the Giant level impact in wrestling.
7ft 1in powerhouse Shaq is a huge fan of sports entertainment and has even appeared in Vince McMahon’s company.
Diesel was once close to stepping inside WWE’s ropes but a dream WrestleMania match with The Big Show failed to materialise.
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And McIntyre claimed that Shaq could have turned out to have been like Andre The Giant had he chosen wrestling over a basketball career.
He told TMZ Sports: “He’s a big big man! Very charismatic guy.
“If he didn’t get into basketball at such a high level, he definitely would have succeeded in the world of WWE.
“Just based on the size alone, he would have been a heck of a WWE superstar, and such a spectacle like an Andre the Giant.”
He added: “But add on that personality on top of it — box office!”
McIntyre later revealed that he was actually in the building when Shaq squared up The Big Show at WrestleMania 32 in 2016.
He said: “I was there when [Shaq] and the Big Show had the face-off and Shaq is considerably taller, which I don’t think Show was so happy about.”
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SunSport previously reported that Shaq finally looks set to crossover to wrestling after he called out AEW star Cody Rhodes.
Shaq memorably made a shock appearance in WWE at the Andre The Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32 in 2016 and fronted up to The Big Show.
A year later the pair were rumoured to be on an epic collision course to meet at Mania, but it failed to materialise with speculation claiming Shaq was not ring ready.