Former WWE Intercontinental Champion Ken Shamrock has talked about why he left the company when he did while explaining that he felt like the trust was broken.
Ken Shamrock is one of the most well-known fighters from the early days of the UFC in the 1990s. In 1997, he made his WWE debut as the referee of the WrestleMania 13 classic between Bret Hart and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. After that, Shamrock became a regular part of the WWE roster until late 1999.
During his WWE career, Shamrock worked as both a heel and a face. One of his most memorable feuds was in 1998 when he battled The Rock in one of the biggest matches at WrestleMania 14. Shamrock won the Intercontinental Title and Tag Team Titles (with Big Boss Man) along with the 1998 King of the Ring tournament.
Shamrock talked about his WWE run with VLADTV while talking about his frustrations including his belief that he didn’t think WWE knew what to do with him.
“I already felt like I was being clumped into groups and that I was just kind of a side thing now, like whatever storyline was over here we would just do. It didn’t make any sense. It just didn’t feel like they knew what to do with me from that point. It just felt like I was just there.”
As he spoke further, Shamrock explained why he chose to move on from WWE due to trust being broken.
“It just felt like they weren’t really using me at the level that I thought I should have been used just because of where I came from. And for me to stay there and just be second fiddle when I could go and do something and be first fiddle, especially with how I was able to draw and bring in crowds, and make more money, I felt like I could do that better in the Mixed Martial Arts world because it came back. So that’s when I decided like if they’re not going to use me and really put me in anything that’s serious then I’m gonna move on. (…) And it was always in the back of my head too that it was different there too because that trust was kinda broken.”