Shaquille O'Neal announced for 12/9 AEW Dynamite

Originally published at Shaquille O'Neal announced for 12/9 AEW Dynamite

Coming off of their ‘Winter Is Coming’ episode of Dynamite which saw the All Elite Wrestling debut of Sting and Kenny Omega winning the AEW World Title, AEW announced several segments for this week’s edition of Dynamite. Previously announced was an interview segment featuring Tony Schiavone chatting with Sting and adding on to that, NBA Hall Of Famer and multi-time NBA Champion Shaquille O’Neal has been announced for the show.

Shaq was backstage at AEW’s Full Gear pay-per-view in November. His name was also mentioned on Dynamite by Jade Cargill during her Dynamite debut. She confronted Cody Rhodes on the show and mentioned that “Shaq” was one giant that Cody was not going to slay.

BREAKING NEWS@Shaq addresses #AEW with @tonyschiavone24!

Watch #AEWDynamite this Wednesday night on @TNTDrama 8e/7c or https://t.co/GdI7QAsxEP by @FiteTV for our International fans. #AEWonTNT pic.twitter.com/447b0wIfnd

— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 8, 2020

Shaq appeared on WWE programming multiple times in the past and he wrestled around with The Big Show at WrestleMania 32 in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

Back in August, when it was announced that Shaq signed a contract extension with Turner Sports, he spoke with The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch and told him that he’d love to work with Cody.

I like how AEW plans their announcements, if they do it at 4pm the news gets eaten up by Raw coverage

Sting and Shaq? There’s definitely a strategy here to reach out to casuals. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes and whether the ESPN replay the next day still has the same cache it did 10 years ago.

There is definitely a strategy to rebook 1997-1998 WCW!

This is another example of the type of fresh, cutting edge content people want from AEW. They’re definitely not a bootleg WWE.

You can do something fresh/entertaining with just about any wrestler if you have a good idea. But reusing a celebrity — which more often than not results in either a bad augment or a nothing segment — is much trickier. Unless Shaq learned how to bump or can cut a better promo than NBA on TNT would lead you to believe, my hopes aren’t high.