WATCH: When WWE Icon John Cena and NBA Legend Shaq O’Neal Almost Broke the Table While Arm Wrestling on the Today Show

WATCH: When WWE Icon John Cena and NBA Legend Shaq O’Neal Almost Broke the Table While Arm Wrestling on the Today Show

Very few people would be eager to accept a fistfight with John Cena. However, NBA legend, Shaquille O’Neal, didn’t hesitate to muster up the courage and take the 16-time world champion in an arm-wrestling competition. 

The two athletes met on The Today Show a few years back. Although the segment focused on Cena’s first-ever children’s book named “Elbow Grease”, yet one thing led onto the other and the two icons had a short yet competitive arm wrestling match.

Cena and Shaq faced a question regarding who of the two is the strongest. While the audience craved for one definite answer to that, both of them credited the other one to be the strongest.

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 31: John Cena wins his match against The Miz at the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena on October 31, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

“I’ll have to say John”, Shaq seemed pretty confident of Cena’s strength. While Cena wasted no time in putting O’Neal over. Unable to find a definite answer, the host decided to put them through a test. In no time, they brought a table in the set and the game was on.

John Cena was given the choice to decide which arm he’d like to open up with. Cena, aware of his strength, decided to give Shaq the opportunity to choose.

Shaq opted to go with his left hand as John Cena playfully aligned his hand with the 7 ft giant Shaq! Needless to say, the difference in the size of their arm was quite clear. However, the strength did not fizzle out at all.

John Cena took advantage of his sports entertainment background against Shaquille O’Neal

John Cena has an illustrious career in WWE. works for sports entertainment reminded everyone that this bout is going to be an amazing one, “I’d like to remind you that I’m a Sports Entertainer, so this is going to be fantastic.”

Although the audience waited for an absolute result. The superstars almost broke the table just before Cena stopped and declared a tie. See the full video below – 

John Cena has stepped beyond the wrestling ring to try out his luck in a variety of sectors. The 43-year-old already starred in a few films and has been a part of numerous television shows.

Apart from them, he has ventured into the music industry. His venture into writing a children’s book was something unexpected, although, for the man himself, nothing is impossible.

As they mentioned earlier, Cena and Shaq O’Neal have known each other for over 20 years. Ahead of this talk show, that had a carpool karaoke as well. the Shaq is undoubtedly a huge fan of wrestling and appeared several times in the wrestling arena.

Most interestingly, Shaq and Big Show almost had a match at WrestleMania. However, that never took place due to various disputes between multiple authorities. 

However, this could now turn into a reality, as Big Show and Shaq both work under the same network (TNT), and are bound to debut on AEW Dynamite, sooner than ever.

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