10 Best Celebrity Wrestling Matches

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9. Shaquille O'Neal & Jade Cargill Vs. Cody Rhodes & Red Velvet - AEW Dynamite (3.3.2021)

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It always helps when the celebrity involved has a genuine affection and respect for the business. 

Shaq certainly falls into that category, as his pro-wrestling fandom is well-known. He's been affiliated with WWE for years and it looked like there would eventually be a colossal showdown between him and Big Show at some point, something they had teased several times in the past. 

It wasn't to be, and the NBA legend's first proper bout went down on the March 3, 2021 episode of AEW Dynamite. 

Shaq teamed with newcomer Jade Cargill to take on Cody and Red Velvet in an inter-gender tag match to kick off the episode. 

All eyes were on the seven-footer as he squared off with the American Nightmare, hitting him with some big moves, including a massive powerbomb that featured a nice tribute to the late Brodie Lee. 

The highlight of the bout, however, was Shaq unexpectedly taking a big bump backwards off the ring apron through two tables at ringside after being taken out by a charging Cody. 

It was more than anyone expected him to do and truly demonstrated his passion for the business, as well as the reverence with which he treated his opportunity to have a match. 

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