Former NBA star Karl Malone is known to most wrestling fans of a certain generation for his brief run in WCW in the late 90s.
And now, during a recent episode of Busted Open Radio, Malone recalled his appearance at the WCW Bash at the Beach 1998 pay-per-view event where he teamed with Diamond Dallas Page to take on “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan and fellow basketball star Dennis Rodman.
He recalled: “I had an unbelievable owner who gave me the leeway to do certain things and he would always say, ‘don’t get hurt.’ When you do it the proper way and take it seriously and you’re prepared, I will take my chances. I always said, ‘if I ever had the opportunity to wrestle, I’m going to do it.’ My opportunity just happened to come during the NBA Finals. I was comfortable and I trusted Dennis and Hulk Hogan. I trusted them that we would keep each other safe and it all worked out. I took it seriously. As great as that match was, it could have been so much better. I love Dennis Rodman, we’re great friends. If Dennis would have taken it more seriously, it could have been mentioned somewhere in wrestling folklore.“