Ken Shamrock Shares Why It Was Difficult For Him To Wrestle Chyna

Ken Shamrock

Ken Shamrock opened up about why he found it difficult to wrestle the Ninth Wonder of the World Chyna.

After arriving in WWE in 1997, Ken Shamrock stacked up a number of accomplishments, including becoming Intercontinental Champion as well as King of the Ring. However, his time in the company lasted just under three years as he left in late 1999.

Speaking to Steve Fall’s Ten Count, Ken Shamrock opened up about the circumstances surrounding his WWE departure.

“I think there were a lot of things that transpired during that time. You know, obviously, the thing that happened with Bret was very disappointing, very discouraging. I wasn’t comfortable with how they were using me. I was getting beat, you know, and I developed this character, the world’s most dangerous man, not in pro wrestling, but I developed it in being a real fighter.

“So when I went in there, one of the things that I made it really clear was that, you know, I have my reputation, my name. So if things made sense, and the angles or storylines made sense and that I wasn’t going to be, you know, crushed as the world’s most dangerous man through all these different scenarios, I would be okay as long as they didn’t destroy what I already built.”

Continuing, Ken Shamrock spoke about the company wanting him to work with Chyna, who would go on to become Intercontinental Champion herself. He explained that he didn’t want to work with the star because of lessons he’d taught his children.

“So I just felt like, at that time, after the thing that happened with Bret, they had some other things they wanted me to do like wrestle with Chyna, which is something that I told them, because my kids were five, seven, and nine or something like that at the time, and I had always told them, you don’t hit girls. You know, it was just a thing, right? They would go into school and these kids believed wrestling was real.

“So then they wanted me to go in there and fight Chyna, I was like, ‘I can’t do that’, and they’re like, ‘Well, why not?’ I’m like, ‘Because I’ve been preaching to my children that you don’t hit women.’ Well, but this is just entertainment.’ It’s like, ‘But they don’t know that’, right? So there was that that happened. So I didn’t want to do that, but we worked around it. We figured it out.”