“It Just Never Happened” – Bret Hart Reveals He Wanted Wrestle a Former UFC Fighter

Published 04/27/2021, 11:56 AM EDT
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 08: Special guest referee Bret “The Hitman” Hart during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)


A little known fact about pro-wrestlers is that they have their own set of dream matches too. One such veteran Superstar who could not have his dream match is Bret Hart.

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Recently, he appeared on The 81 Podcast where he spoke at length about helping Ken Shamrock at his house before the latter’s WWE debut. I’m fact, Hart had advised Shamrock to try his luck at wrestling after he suffered a broken hand in a MMA fight.

“Right from the start I wanted to wrestle Ken. I would have loved to have worked with him, I got Ken in and trained him. I got Vader, Vader and Ken trained at my house, I had a gym set up at my house. You might remember it from Wrestling with Shadows? But I trained Ken there, I was the guy that brought him in and tried to get him to do the wrestling.”

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Bret Hart wanted to have a fight with Shamrock after his WWE debut, unfortunately, that never happened.

“He told me he broke his hand in the UFC, and he goes, ‘I can’t fight for a while.” So I said, “Why don’t you wrestle? Make some money doing wrestling? You’d be a big star if you did the wrestling.’ And Ken used to be a wrestler before he did the UFC.”

“It wasn’t that hard for him to go back to the pro wrestling stuff. I said ‘Rest your hand, mend up, heal and we’ll do wrestling stuff!’ I would have loved to have worked with Ken, it just never happened.”

Ken Shamrock went onto finding fame in the wrestling industry. He quit WWE in 1999.

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Bret Hart saved Ken Shamrock from Vince McMahon

McMahon was preparing to fire Shamrock because the pro-wrestler couldn’t make a great impression on the WWE management. However, Hart stepped in and stopped McMahon from firing Shamrock.

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“Vince was gonna fire him and he called me up. Basically he said, ‘I’m just getting ready to call Ken Shamrock, to fire him.’ And I said ‘Why would you fire him?!’ He was like, a lot of guys didn’t like him, you know, in management. And I remember saying I don’t think you should fire him.”

“”He [Vince McMahon] ended up changing his mind, and he goes, ‘OK… I’ll keep him.’ And they kept him and he did pretty good.”

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Currently, Ken Shamrock is working with IMPACT Wrestling. He returned to the company in August 2019.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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