During his short stint in WWF, Ken Shamrock was once Intercontinental champion, once duo champion with Big Boss Man, and in 1998 he won the King of the Ring. In addition to his career as a professional wrestler, The Three Alpha was one of the pioneers of mixed martial arts, where he was also the first holder of the UFC Superfight Championship, which became the UFC heavyweight title.
Ken Shamrock's revelation
Interviewed by Wrestling Shoot, Ken Shamrock revealed some interesting details related to the nickname "The Rock", which was used in WWF and not only by Dwayne Johnson: "When Dwayne started using 'The Rock' I told him 'brother, you know I was The Rock first, right? He looked at me very confused, as if he didn't know anything, and then, after a few days, I received a contract identical to the one I already had but where they had cut out this little thing of the nickname linked to The Rock.
So I said "bro, no seriously, he's on my contract, I'm not kidding." Shamrock then added that he also had other nicknames, all his trademarks, and that he had signed a contract that allowed him to use them in the then WWF: "I had signed this contract with all these nicknames, yes.
In both UFC and WWF, I had the possibility of using those nicknames in both, namely World's Most Dangerous Man (which he used throughout the period in WWF, ed), Ken "The Rock" Shamrock and finally Lions Den, they were all mine .
All these things with this name were mine, at least by contract, even the action figures that had Lions Den written on the figure, were my property, as I own that name, they were all my trademarks. Yet The Rock issue has never understood why they took it away from me." Shamrock has not only performed in WWF, he has also fought for TNA, where he once won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
Speaking to VLADTV, the former Intercontinental Champion disclosed why he decided to leave WWE. "I already felt like I was being clumped into groups and that I was just kind of a side thing now, like whatever storyline was over here we would just do.
It didn't make any sense. It just didn't feel like they knew what to do with me from that point. It just felt like I was just there," he said.