As The Rock, Dwayne Johnson became one of the most famous wrestlers not only of his generation, but in the history of the business as a whole. His popularity with fans remains to this day, almost two-decades after his full-time career came to an end. But what if Johnson wasn’t The Rock?
Ken Shamrock signed with the company in early 1997 and served as the special guest referee for the legendary WrestleMania 13 Submission Match between Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin. As the year progressed, Shamrock transitioned into being a wrestler in his own right and by the time he left the company in 1999, he had enjoyed high-profile feuds with The Rock, The Undertaker, Owen Hart and more.
Ken Shamrock Told Dwayne Johnson He Was Meant To Be ‘The Rock’
“When he started using ‘The Rock’ I said ‘bro, you know I was The Rock first, right? He looked at me very confused and then I had a contract where I had all that carved out. So, I said, ‘bro, no seriously, I got it in my contract…UFC and WWF, in both of those I had in the contract World’s Most Dangerous Man, Ken ‘The Rock’ Shamrock, Lions Den, all those things…I own those, those are mine, those are my trademarks.”
Speaking elsewhere, Shamrock recently claimed that his push with WWE in 1997 was cut short due to the Montreal Screwjob. The former UFC star said his history with Bret Hart and the Hart family worked against him in the fall-out of one of wrestling’s most infamous nights. Shamrock had earlier trained with The Hitman and was “close” with the group.
H/t to Sportskeeda