In today's sports entertainment landscape, it's not uncommon to witness the crossover of athletes between wrestling and MMA. However, Ken Shamrock was among the pioneers of this trend in the '90s. Shamrock initially started his career in wrestling, transitioned into MMA, and then found his way back to the wrestling ring towards the end of the decade.
Shamrock, also known as the "World's Most Dangerous Man," had a relatively brief yet eventful stint in WWE. His tenure spanned two years, during which he managed to carve a distinctive niche for himself. His accolades were winning the 1998 King of the Ring and earning the Intercontinental and Tag Team Championships.
Shamrock's Unclaimed WWE Championship
However, one feat that Shamrock still needs to accomplish in WWE is securing the WWE Championship. This topic was discussed in the most recent episode of "Something To Wrestle," where Bruce Prichard expressed his views.
Prichard, a notable figure in the wrestling industry, applauded Shamrock's performance, praising his athletic prowess and charisma. He firmly believed that Shamrock had a successful WWE run, even without a world title to his name.
Despite this, Prichard conceded that Shamrock could carry the title had the circumstances permitted it. "I strongly believe that Ken could have indeed claimed the championship," Prichard stated. "He was certainly a contender for the title.
However, the competition at the top was incredibly intense. Unfortunately, it was crowded, and not everyone could make it there simultaneously." During Shamrock's time in WWE, the main event was dominated by many talents. Wrestling giants such as Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Rock, The Undertaker, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin claimed their stake at the top of the card from 1997 through 1999.
Despite challenging it several times, this intense rivalry contributed to Shamrock's inability to win the WWE Championship. However, he later achieved notable success in TNA in 2002, clinched the NWA World Heavyweight title, adding another feather to his illustrious cap.