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New Shaquille O'Neal WarnerMedia contract opens up AEW possibility

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While Shaquille O'Neal's re-signing with WarnerMedia normally wouldn't make headlines in the pro wrestling world, a sentence in the release caught people's attention Monday.

The popular former basketball star will add to his duties with Turner Sports with possibility of AEW being one of those duties: "Could Shaq return to the ring, making a cameo at a future All Elite Wrestling (AEW) event on TNT? We shall see...."

The Athletic's Richard Deitsch noted in his story about the new contract said the possibility is "in the embryonic stage at best" but that O'Neal had a message for Cody Rhodes: "I’d love to fight Cody. Write it. Print it. Text it to him. Call AEW up and tell them.”

The 48-year-old wrestling fan has made appearances in various top promotions through the years, first in WCW at 1994's Bash at the Beach as he presented the World title to the winner of Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair; a guest host for a 2009 episode of WWE Raw; and backstage with Hogan on a 2012 episode of Impact Wrestling.

He appeared as a surprise participant in the 2016 Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32 and the plan was to work toward a singles match with Big Show at WrestleMania 33 but it never materialized due to O'Neal's schedule.