“Maybe I Wasn’t Being Professional” – Ken Shamrock on Why WWE Didn’t Book Him against Stone Cold Steve Austin

Published 06/29/2021, 12:02 PM EDT


Former WWE Superstar Ken Shamrock probably could have earned a lot of fame had WWE booked him in storylines involving the top guys of the roster during his peak. He did have a match with The Rock, but he never managed to have a match against Stone Cold Steve Austin.

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In an interview, Ken Shamrock revealed that it’s possible WWE never booked him against other top guys such as Stone Cold and Bret Hart because of his lifestyle. Even though he was doing his job, he wasn’t being the professional the company needed him to be.

“I don’t know if it was me and the extra-curricular activities I was doing outside of wrestling because I know I was missing home and staying out quite a bit and partying and doing stuff I probably shouldn’t have been [doing]. I don’t know if they had the trust in me to be able to move on. And do another program and move up and carry the strap. I don’t know, but it’s not like I wasn’t doing my job. I was doing my job. But at the same time, maybe I wasn’t being the professional I needed to be to move up to that level.”

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Ken Shamrock wanted to work with Stone Cold Steve Austin

Shamrock worked with The Rock, but that was all he had. However, Shamrock expressed he wanted to work on other programs and storylines which would have pushed him up the roster, including with Stone Cold Steve Austin.

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“It would have been a great opportunity for me to put something together with anybody. It could’ve been Bret, Stone Cold, or a lot of different people – even Steve Blackman. There was just a lot of opportunity there for me to continue to keep building programs with different guys. I got one shot with The Rock to show people who I was. And what I could do, and I did. Then it never went into anything else. There should’ve been another program I could’ve gone into with those names that were mentioned, but it just never happened.” H/t The Kurt Angle Show.

Ken Shamrock exited WWE shortly after feuding with Chris Jericho. He wanted to work on his mixed martial arts career. On screen, WWE attributed his exit to an injury by Jericho’s bodyguard, Mr. Hughes.

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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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