Ken Shamrock was recently interviewed by WGD Weekly with Steve and the Scum. The UFC Hall of Famer and former Intercontinental Champion spoke candidly on a variety of topics involving his recent talks of a comeback to professional wrestling and his social media war with UFC head honcho, Dana White. You can listen to the full interview in the video above, they sent us these highlights:
Why he feels he has "heat" with Triple H: "I'd like to clarify that. There was a guy named Mark Henry, a strong man. He was in the locker room and there were a few guys involved. Hunter was one of them that put s--t in his sandwich and I told him. So, I think Hunter didn't like me for that and I think Hunter didn't like me for the fact that when I first came in Vince put me over on him. I was truly understanding that I was the new guy coming in and I hadn't put in my dues and I was getting a push, but I was doing what I was asked to do. I think Hunter had a real hard time dealing with that, especially with me being a real bad ass otherwise and there's nothing he could do about it. Then opening my mouth to protect another human being, I think there is ribbing and there is having fun and then there is things where you cross over the line, and so I said something."
Why he feels he has been "blackballed" by WWE: "I had put out my feelers, I had actually talked to Shane McMahon, he put a call in. I thought I had a pretty intricate part in changing the face of wrestling when I was able to ref the match with Bret Hart and Stone Cold, it changed the face of wrestling. I was in all the Pay Per Views and all the house shows, and I thought I made a pretty good impact and helped change pro wrestling, not by myself, but definitely I was a part of it in the Attitude Era. There is no recognition towards me or about me and I'm kind of disappointed."
If allowed to return to WWE, working with Triple H: "When it comes to Hunter, I would love to get in the ring with him and show him what it's like... help him understand that there is a lot of people in this world that have a lot of natural ability and natural talent and just because you don't like them doesn't mean it isn't so... I would love to get in the ring with him and show him exactly who I am and what I'm about."
Working with Brock Lesnar: "If I get in the ring with Brock Lesnar, obviously I think everybody understands, I came from the bare knuckle days, from the NHB days, not MMA where its watered down. I come from the hardcore days, where you fight four times in one night, bare knuckle, no rules, no time limit. If I get in the ring with Brock Lesnar, I will show him exactly who I am and why I've been the first champion in MMA,a true bad ass."
If there is money to be made in a WWE return: "Only if WWE... being Hunter, only if these guys would open their eyes and stop being prima donnas and stop flipping their hair back, oh, he cut his off, he can't flip it back any more... stop looking in the mirror all the time, trying to make sure their makeup is on straight and start bringing in some guys like myself who don't worry about what they look like, they only worry about what they look like when they are beating on somebody."
Possibly facing Tito Ortiz in TNA: "Tito beat me three times already, so for me to get a rematch with him in pro wrestling, it would be fun."
Possibly facing Kurt Angle in TNA: "The one thing I would love to have with him is an 'Ankle Lock Match,' where as you can't win any other way before you put an ankle lock on one or the other. Let's find out who is the real master of the leg locks. Who can put an ankle lock on the other one and make them tap out. Then we'll truly know who does it best."
Possibility of working for Ring of Honor: "Ring of Honor is extreme…probably one of my favorite matches I ever saw. I don't remember the name of the guys, but it was unbelievable… it was almost like Stone Cold and Bret Hart when they had their 'I Quit match.' They were just non-stop, and I've seen other guys in there and I was like, 'these guys have something special if they can just get this out there. It was a different brand. It was more like in Japan where they had catch as catch can. I was really intrigued by that. With my schedule now, I have opportunities to move things around and do what I want to do. I'm definitely open to any of those options. I really would love to have the opportunity."
Dana White disrespecting UFC legends: "I'm a world champion, proven, Randy Couture is a proven world champion, Tito, my brother... and yet Dana White stands up there and calls them these names? What kind of person does that? Oh yeah, that's right, those are those keyboard warriors, and Dana White is one of them. Dana White hides behind a microphone and behind a TV camera and spouts off and calls people names because he doesn't like their opinion."
Being 'blackballed' from UFC: " I feel for the guys in UFC who helped open the UFC up, obviously I'm getting blackballed there by the UFC, so I'm kind of feeling on both sides, if a promotion or somebody in that promotion decides they don't like an individual, then they get to make up the rules and the fans don't get a say in it at all. The people that either one, don't like me, or have a problem with me feel that they don't have to listen to the fans and the fans don't have a say, so they just have to shut up and keep paying for their tickets."
Not getting respect for his UFC legacy: "When it comes to UFC, the twenty year anniversary is coming up and not one mention from the UFC, which, I made them millions of dollars, I saved their ass from closing the doors twice and yet there is no respect being paid in this direction other than threatening me."