“I Had a Lil’ Internal Bleeding” – Dwayne Johnson Recalls Getting Injured After Taking a Suplex From Ken Shamrock in WWE

Published 03/26/2021, 10:24 AM EDT


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson might be very busy being the top star in Hollywood, but he has not forgotten his hustling days in WWE. Recently, The Rock shared a throwback with UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock.

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In his short WWE career, Shamrock faced Johnson in his second year in WWE. Known as the “world’s most dangerous man,” Shamrock helped Dwayne Johnson turn into The Rock.

In the said Instagram post, The Rock writes, “Not the most elegant or sexy #throwbackthursday back when I had a lil’ internal bleeding (not planned) while wrestling UFC Hall Of Famer, @kenshamrockofficial aka “The World’s Most Dangerous Man. I loved wrestling Kenny around the world and we had some classic matches.”

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The reason for his bleeding was, “a hard suplex, and the impact damaged blood vessels in my lungs causing the blood to come up. Kept composed, made sure I could breathe, and continued with the match.”

He joked that he’d like to think Shamrock showed him some compassion. But his expression says otherwise as he “tries to rip my ankle from my tibia.”

“These were good days, and this was how I proudly made my bones. As always, “thank you for the house”, brother,” The former World Champion concluded.

Ken Shamrock helped The Rock become the star he is today

The Rock debuted as a meek youngster named Rocky Maivia. Although his Maivia gimmick did not lead him anywhere, a change to “The Rock” catapulted him to greatness.

“I watched the Rock happen right in front of my eyes,” Shamrock noted. “The minute they gave him the mic and stop trying to choreograph his personality, he was like a rocket. They took the reins off him, and he just ran. He was this funny character in real life and started being himself. Once that happened, nothing was going to stop him.”

Shamrock feuded with The Rock and Nation of Domination throughout 1998. The conflict was over Rock’s Intercontinental Championship, and eventually, Rock had the last laugh. Shamrock also had a brief stable with his former rival and Mankind.

The Rock also acknowledges Shamrock’s influence over his character as he said earlier, “Huge Attitude Era influence. We tore the houses down together. I’ll always be grateful and respectful. He’s a fucking machine. They don’t make ’em like that anymore. Thanks for the house, brother Ken.”

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Let us know your thoughts on the rivalry and subsequent friendship between the two Superstars in the comments below.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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