Shaquille Rashaun “Shaq” O’Neal – born March 6, 1972 – is a retired American professional basketball player and currently sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA on TNT.
He is widely considered one of the greatest players in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. At 7 ft 1 in tall and 325 pounds, he was one of the tallest and heaviest players ever.
O’Neal played for six teams over his 19-year career.
In addition to his basketball career, O’Neal has released four rap albums, with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum. O’Neal is also an electronic music producer, and touring DJ, known as DIESEL. He has appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality shows, Shaq’s Big Challenge and Shaq Vs.. He hosts The Big Podcast with Shaq. He is also the general manager of Kings Guard Gaming of the NBA 2K League.
A lifelong professional wrestling fan, O’Neal has made numerous appearances at televised events over the years for three different promotions.
In 1994, O’Neal made several appearances in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), including at the Bash at the Beach pay per view, where he presented the title belt to the winner of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship match between Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.
In July 2009, O’Neal served as the guest host for a live broadcast of WWE’s Monday Night Raw. As part of the show, O’Neal got into a physical altercation with seven-foot tall wrestler Big Show.
In September 2012, O’Neal made a guest appearance on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s Impact Wrestling program, where he had a backstage segment with Hulk Hogan.
In April 2016, O’Neal participated in his first ever match, when he was a surprise celebrity entry in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32.
O’Neal eliminated Damien Sandow, and had another confrontation with Big Show before being eliminated himself by most of the other wrestlers.