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“That’s Dangerous”: UFC Legend Reveals How He Blackmailed Dwayne Johnson Into Pulling Off a Life-Threatening Stunt

Published 09/11/2022, 11:30 AM EDT

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The Rock is one of the most electrifying stars in WWE history. His showmanship and on-stage charism are definitely hard to match and very few stars even come close. He has had various memorable moments over the years, and one of them was hitting this former wrestler to the face with a chair!

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Ken Shamrock was subjected to a nasty chair shot by The Rock during a segment on WWE RAW. It still has a bad rap now since it seemed to hit Shamrock straight in the face. The former UFC player, WWE star, and Intercontinental Champion opened up about what went down that day in an interview with Chris Van Vliet.


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Why did Shamrock ask Dwayne Johnson to hit him on his face?

Over the years, Shamrock has taken a number of chair hits from The Rock. Two, in particular, stood out and are still talked about. In a 1998 RAW show, ‘The Great One’ gave Shamrock a nasty chair shot to the face. Shamrock told Van Vliet about the incident.

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“We were in the back, and we were going through some spots and …we’re going to do the chair shot. I didn’t like chair shots. I looked at The Rock, and I said, ‘Hey man, if we do that chair shot, just hit me in the face’. And he looked at me and goes, ‘I’m not going to hit you in the face’, and I said, ‘Dude, hit me in the face. I’ll take care of the rest.” Recalled Shemrock during the interview.


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Shamrock practically coerced The Rock into going for his face straight away. But Shamrock had already planned all of this through.

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 “…if you know anything about your body, you know the forehead is the thickest bone in your head. So, instead of taking it to the top of the head or anywhere else, that was the place I knew when I took it, I wouldn’t get a concussion.” He explained.


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Ken Shamrock was probably the first UFC fighter to feature in WWE, Way before Brock Lesnar. ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Man’, as he was referred to, was a former Intercontinental Champion, Tag Team Champion, and King of the Ring champion in 1998. Truly living up to his moniker, all during his short but eventful career at WWE.

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Written by:

Aanjaneya Singh


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Aanjaneya Singh is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports and is pursuing a degree in Law from The National University of Advanced Legal Studies. He is a former National Level Taekwondo player and is very passionate about wrestling. Aanjaneya has been an avid WWE fan from a very young age and wrestlers like Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Edge and Jeff Hardy drew him towards the sport.
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Pritam Priyedarshi