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Shaquille O’Neal would have been WWE legend like Andre The Giant if he picked wrestling over NBA, says Drew McIntyre

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.

Shaquille O'Neal could have been a WWE legend if he'd not chosen NBA


Shaquille O’Neal could have been a WWE legend if he’d not chosen NBACredit: Getty Images – Getty
Drew McIntyre claimed Shaq would have been like Andre the Giant


Drew McIntyre claimed Shaq would have been like Andre the GiantCredit: Alamy

Diesel was once close to stepping inside WWE’s ropes but a dream WrestleMania match with The Big Show failed to materialise.


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.”


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.

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