On Friday, October 9th, Armchair Wrestling hosted a very special live podcast on the All Everything Entertainment network, with special guest ‘The Worlds Most Dangerous Man’ Ken Shamrock.
Ken is a UFC Hall of Famer, former WWF/E Intercontinental champion, and a former NWA World Heavyweight Champion. In the podcast we spoke to Ken about his life through the MMA world to the wrestling world, and what the current Impact superstar is up to during his free time.
The MMA World
Ken was a pioneer of the MMA sport over in the United States but his career began overseas in Japan. Ken began competing in the Pancrase competition and became the very first foreign World Champion in Japan.
During the interview, we asked Ken about his toughest opponent in the world of MMA and his answer was very simple, his trainer Masakatsu Funaki. Funaki knew Ken’s fighting style and everything that he would attempt during the bout. Ken admitted that he had to readjust his fighting style to be able to overcome the challenge that Funaki posed.
After becoming the Pancrase Champion Ken would return to the states to compete in the very first UFC event against Royce Gracie. Ken’s ambition was to legitimize the sport of MMA in the United States and to silence the critics of the so-called ‘bloodsport.’
But during his run in the UFC and MMA run the money dried up and Ken began to struggle to pay for his training camps, buildings, and the accommodation that he provided for his pupils. Ken made the conscious decision to join the then WWF to provide the money needed to keep his school from going bankrupt.
Ken spoke in-depth about how much backlash he faced from making the decision to go into the wrestling world and how his then-current students reacted to the decision made by the leader of the Lionsden. He spoke about how many of the current students left the school due to his decision and the reputation that he received.
However, some students were grateful for his sacrifice of reputation for the benefit of his business and schools.
Ken began his Wrestling career in the WWF and would be a trend setter in the form of MMA stars making the transfer to the wrestling industry.
From there Ken would have many legendary feuds with people such as The Rock, Owen Hart, and many more. But one of the most influential feuds that we focused on was the Lionsden matches against Owen Hart.
We spoke about the first time both competitors saw the cage, the preparation time given for the matches, and his thoughts on the idea of the match. Ken spoke very highly of Owen Hart and does share some heart touching stories about the legendary character.
After his WWF career, Ken would appear in TNA during the company’s inception and would become the very first World Champion. But would leave the company 2 months later to return to the UFC as they were struggling to stay afloat during the early 2000s.
The UFC Return
Ken returned to help Dana White and the UFC bring money in and keep the company from disbanding. Ken talks about how he returned to the octagon in his early 40’s and not at 100% fitness but did everything he could to help the company bring in PPV buys.
Impact Return and Hall of Fame Induction
Ken returned to the Wrestling world in 2018 and at the age of 56 is still signed to Impact Wrestling. After returning to the squared circle with the company that he won his first World Championship with, Ken was be honored by being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Nevertheless, the man who inducted Ken into the Hall of Fame was none other than The Rock. The two shared a special rivalry during his time in the WWF and Ken spoke in-depth about how much his time in the ring with The Rock meant to his career and how much it means to him that he will be the one to induct ‘The Worlds Most Dangerous Man.’
Outside of the Ring
During the podcast we spoke to Ken about his life outside of the ring and what he does to keep himself busy.
Other than his passion for MMA and Wrestling, he spoke about how he was an avid golf player and takes part in charity golf events.
Besides that, Ken also spoke about his current business Valor Bare Knuckle which runs events showcasing an old style of fighting. Although the events aren’t running due to the pandemic at the moment, Ken advised that he is hoping to get the events up and running as soon as possible.
If you want to check out his website then head on over to https://valorbk.com/.
The full interview is available to listen on our Soundcloud at All Everything Entertainment or in the link below.