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Shaq wrestling in AEW
Shaq wrestling in AEW

WrestleMania is upon us! The two-day event is a pinnacle of sports entertainment. The WWE loves to bring as many eyes as possible to the granddaddy of them all. This year we got some serious star power with Bad Bunny teaming up with Damien Priest in a tag match against The Miz and John Morrison. Bad Bunny has been involved with the WWE since his performance at this year’s Royal Rumble. And that got me thinking, what other celebrities have entered the squared circle? We rank down the top six celebrity matches of all time. 

6. Floyd Mayweather vs. Big Show – No Disqualification Match: WrestleMania XXIV March 30, 2008

This match is boxing’s most prominent star versus the WWE’s biggest man. You’d call it a David vs. Goliath event. Still, it felt more like David and his entourage of 10 huge bodyguards vs. Goliath. I gotta admit, Mayweather did do some work, and taking a side slam from the near 400 lb wrestler is admirable no matter what you say.  

5.Mr. T  & Hulk Hogan vs Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff WrestleMania 1 March 31, 1985

I pity the fools who had to step into the ring with Mr. T. Those fools were Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff. Mr.T may have been an actor, but he actually had some amateur wrestling experience, and you see it in the match. In the first-ever WrestleMania, we see Mr. T doing hip tosses, leg takedowns. He even does a scoop slam. He mixes it up with some dirty moves, hitting his opponents with the eye rake when the ref isn’t looking. This match has some serious star power and had Muhammed Ali as a special guest referee. People might complain that the WWE is too focused on entertainment nowadays, but honestly, it always was. 

4. Karl Malone & Diamond Dallas Page vs. Dennis Rodman & Hulk Hogan: Bash at the Beach July 12,1998

There are two of the greatest basketball players of all time in the ring at WWF’s Bash at the Beach. However, the former Utah Jazz power forward Karl Malone shines. He shows up, oiled up, is wearing matching gear with his partner, Diamond Dallas Page. Karl Malone starts throwing clotheslines, scoop slams, slamming heads, and chopping chests. He throws out Diamond Cutters like they are for free. You can tell this is something he wanted to do, especially when compared to Dennis Rodman, who is just looking like he is having a night out with the boys. However, Dennis ain’t no slouch. This ain’t the only time he was in the ring. 

3. Dennis Rodman vs. Curt Henning (Mr. Perfect)

It was Rodman Down Under when he showed up for i-Generation Superstars of Wrestling down in Australia. He was known as the bad boy of the Chicago Bulls, and in the ring, he is even badder. Dennis Rodman takes Curt Henning and puts him through the grinder here. In a very physical match, Rodman brutalizes Mr. Perfect, hitting him with the championship title, hitting him with a chair, and a trashcan in a fantastic hardcore match. He really shows up for this match, and you gotta also give Mr. Perfect credit. He can have a great match with anyone. 

2. Stephen Amell vs. Christopher Daniels ALL IN September 1, 2018

Arrow star Stephen Amell has dipped his toes wrestling in the WWE. However, where he really shined was wrestling Christopher Daniels in AEW’s All In. The Green Arrow shows off his athletic prowess, doing more than I’ve seen any other celebrity wrestler do. Making high-flying dives, delivering sick moves, and his coast-to-coast dropkick was extremely impressive. You can tell he wanted to prove himself in the ring, and he had a great opponent with Daniels. 

1. Shaq & Jade Cargill vs. Cody Rhodes & Red Velvet AEW: Dynamite March 3, 2021 

Dr. Shaq is indeed a jack of all trades. The once rapper, actor, and former center of The LA Lakers entered the ring on a Wednesday night episode of AEW: Dynamite. He challenged none other than Cody Rhodes. Shaq wrestled, and I mean, he wrestled the hell out of this match. Imagine being power bombed by the 7-foot 1-inch giant; it looks as painful as it sounds. He sold moves, took some serious bumps, like crashing through two tables. I couldn’t help but be impressed by this man, just giving it his all in a really great match. He looked like he belonged in the ring, and I honestly would have loved to see him come back for another match.

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