Ken Shamrock spoke with the WNS podcast for a new interview. Here are some highlights:
On CM Punk in UFC:
Well, first of all I would tell him to have fun. Don’t let the pressure of everybody saying you’ve got to produce. This is your first fight and I think they’re doing him right. I don’t think they’re going to do to him what they did to Brock and just throw him right into the top and have him fight for his life. I believe they’re going to give him someone the caliber of where he is right now and give him a chance to grow. I think it’s tremendous what he’s doing, my hat’s off to him.. I think there shouldn’t be so much pressure on people who want to step out and try something because they come from somewhere else like pro wrestling. He built a huge name for himself, he’s a superstar and he’s taking all that he built and putting it on the line by jumping into the cage and to me that takes balls and my hat’s off to him. And anybody who says well that’s not really a smart business move, listen, you live one time. If there’s things you want to do in life, live your life man. Don’t let people make you afraid of taking chances in life. And if you fail, it’s no big deal. Get back up and fight through it and be successful again. If you did it once, you can do it again. So, my hat’s off to him. I support him.
Does he prefer MMA or Pro Wrestling?:
I really enjoy both of them professionally. They really made me who I am today. I’m not Ken Shamrock the MMA World Champion No Holds Barred fighter. I’m Ken Shamrock, The World’s Most Dangerous Man. Professional wrestling and MMA champion.
On whether pro wrestling or MMA is more physically demandin?:
There’s no question in my mind that my stint in the World Wrestling Federation was a lot tougher on me than my stint in MMA. That’s not to say that going i to a fight is not tough on you because it is. But I was good. I mean I felt at home in that ring. I didn’t sustain too many damages when I was actually fighting. Most of them came in training. I really believed with my experience that it was a lot tougher on me having to get up day to day and go out there and take 10, 15, 20 bumps seven, eight or ten days in a row. It was tough. And the having to get on a plane and travel to the next town. So, it was a lot more grueling than I think most people realize.
On his MMA instincts:
I actually kept my reflexes. My counters. Because, when we were actually practicing in the gym we weren’t out to try and tap people out. So we would go and do all these different moves and put people in different moves even when I was training for MMA. But I wasn’t applying the hold to tap people out. And basically applied those same methods and the same kind of stuff to pro wrestling. I wasn’t going in there to break your arm or leg, I was going in to put a hold on the guy and counter whatever it is they were doing. And that’s basically how I went about it was that they tried to duck over me, I would roll over, sunset flip into a kneebar. So I would just use counters for everything that pro wrestling had done to me. I would counter with a submission.
On backstage bonds he made in WWE:
I actually traveled a lot with Steve Blackman. Traveled a lot with Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. Really I think I got along with everybody pretty much. There were a few that we just didn’t quite mesh but the majority of them I got along with everybody.
On his relationship with WWE:
We’re not on speaking terms because I’ve reached out several times and never got a response. At one time, it went to Shane McMahon a few years back to kind of find out where I stood but never got a response back. Shane said they’re not really there yet with using me I don’t know why. I’m sure he got something but it was something he didn’t want to tell me. So I didn’t want to pressure him. I didn’t want to put him in the middle of it. I’ve seen some guys go back who have done some pretty horrible things like leave WWF and go to WCW and they still came back. The fact is some of them are probably running the company and they jumped to WCW. So, I’m not sure what I did but no one’s told me. I think a majority of the fans want to see me back and if that’s the case then why ain’t I coming back.
On Brock Lesnar:
I think Brock Lesnar is a tremendous talent in MMA and UFC and pro wrestling. He’s tremendous, he’s a big personality. I hope he gets what he wants Nd I hope he does what makes him happy.
On his legacy:
I want people to look at me as a human being. Who do people say I am. A loving father, a loving husband, a good friend, a good person? These are things that are important to me.
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