John Cena and Shaquille O’Neal are two of the biggest names in the history of their respective sports and now they are teaming up for a big project together that has nothing to do with sports … it’s Carpool Karaoke on Apple.
Cena, the 16-time WWE Champion and biggest wrestling star of the last decade is teaming up with Basketball Hall of Famer and five-time NBA Champion Shaquille O’Neal to get in a big car together (they are big dudes) and sing some of their favorite songs.
The Carpool Karaoke series is based off the wildly successful Carpool Karaoke videos that James Corden does on the Late Late Show on CBS. On his CBS show, Corden is the driver with the celebrity (usually a musician) as the passenger. On the Apple series, Corden steps aside and lets the celebrities take over, which leads to some unique pairings such as rock legends Metallica with comedian Billy Eichner and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan with NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon.
The episode with Cena and O’Neal will air on Tuesday, September 5th on Apple Music.
Here’s a one-minute preview clip that Cena shared on Twitter showing some of what to expect from them.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) August 30, 2017
What songs will they sing? In addition to LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” that you can see in the preview, WWE.com revealed that they will also sing Cena’s own WWE theme song that he recorded over a decade ago, “My Time Is Now.”
Cena and O’Neal have a few things in common other than being very rich and successful in their sports. Both men have released successful rap CDs. I bought Cena’s (released in 2005) and I bought one of Shaq’s released in the early 1990s too. O’Neal has also appeared on WWE television a few times with notable appearances as a guest host on WWE Raw in 2009 and also appearing in the battle royal at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas.
Shaq was also rumored to face Big Show in a match at this year’s WrestleMania, but it didn’t end up happening.