Stop reading if you haven’t seen this week’s Monday Night Raw and don’t want spoilers.
The moment it was announced that National Basketball Association superstar Shaquille O’Neal of the Cleveland Cavaliers was going to be the guest host on World Wrestling Entertainment’s Monday Night Raw, you had to know he was going to square off against “the world’s largest athlete,” The Big Show.
Well, Raw didn’t disappoint, and Shaq, a huge pro wrestling fan (in more ways than one, heh), was very entertaining and looked like he felt right at home. Maybe we’ll see him involved in WrestleMania 26 next year.
Here’s a clip of the opening segment. Shaq had a hilarious confrontation with Chris Jericho, who is one half of the WWE Unified Tag Team Champions. Jericho handpicked The Big Show to be his new tag team partner at the just-concluded Night of Champions pay-per-view, to replace his original co-champion Edge, who will be sidelined for months after undergoing surgery for a torn Achilles tendon. Yup, that’s a real-life injury, not a storyline one.
And here’s the epic encounter. Will The Big Show chokeslam Shaq?
By the way, in related news, Shaq wanted to find out if he was famous enough to just go to the White House (Raw was held in Washington, D.C.) and meet US President Barack Obama without an appointment. He tweeted that he was going to try it after landing in D.C. on Sunday to host Raw the following day.
Check out this Newsweek blog to find out if Shaq was able to meet Obama.