Ken Shamrock Confirms Retirement Status

Ken Shamrock

‘The World’s Most Dangerous Man’ Ken Shamrock shocked the wrestling world back in October 2022 when he made an appearance at NJPW’s Rumble On 44th Street Event. Whilst not wrestling recently, the UFC Hall Of Famer has recently confirmed his current in-ring status.

Ken Shamrock confirms he has not retired from wrestling

Speaking during a recent interview with, the former WWE Intercontinental Champion detailed his appearance at the NJPW event, where he accompanied Clark Connors to the ring. His involvement ended with a stare down followed by embrace with Minoru Suzuki, something Shamrock was hoping could develop into a bigger angle:

“They contacted me, they wanted to know if I wanted to come in and do a spot in there. I was like, ‘Yeah,’ and then I heard it was with Suzuki, and I was like, ‘Oh, outstanding.’ I really thought maybe they were putting something together, to start something between me and him because it’s been so long since me and him have been able to really get in the ring and do anything.

So I really thought there was gonna be something there, but unfortunately, it was just a spot. They told me that. ‘No, we’re just doing a spot, just want to give the fans a treat.’ So we went and did that. It was fun to see him again, it was really awesome because he’s one of the guys in the beginning that really helped sharpen my skills along with [Masakatsu] Funaki, so it was great to be in there with him.”

Shamrock, who also won the 1998 WWE King Of The Ring and held the WWE Tag Team Championship with the Big Boss Man, was pressed as to whether he had retired from the ring having not competed since August 2022:

“No, no, not from wrestling.”

The 59 year old was uncertain about when his next bout would be, insisting his time is currently focus on other ventures:

“We’ll just have to wait and see. Right now, truly right now, I am so focused on Valor, really trying to get that promotion up and going. We have a great opportunity to be able to try and change the look of the bare-knuckle sport, being able to clean it up, being able to make it look professional and bring it to the fans because I know they love it, and the numbers show it. It’s just really packaging it so it’s acceptable in mainstream.”

H/T: Fightful for the above transcription