WWE: Former Intercontinental Champion Is Looking to Return

Christopher OlmsteadSenior Analyst IIIMarch 27, 2013


The World's Most Dangerous Man, Ken Shamrock, is looking to make his way back to the WWE.

According to a recent Ring Rust Radio interview posted on WrestlingInc.com, Shamrock has reached out to the WWE in regards to a return. When asked about returning to the company, Shamrock replied:

Oh, definitely. I've tried to reach out, but I've been hitting some walls. I'm not sure if my messages are getting through or not.

I got into pro wrestling, I've got tag team champion, Intercontinental champion, King of the Ring. There were several times where I wished I had got that opportunity, and probably should have had that opportunity, to at least challenge for the Heavyweight Championship belt. I never got that opportunity, and I'm not sure why, but it is what it is. I will keep fighting to try and get that opportunity and close this thing up to be probably one of the only persons in sports history to go into several different organizations and become world champion in every one of them.

Shamrock wrestled with the WWE from 1997-99. During this time he held the WWE Tag Team Championships with Big Bossman, won the Intercontinental Championship and became King of the Ring in 1998.

Shamrock had memorable feuds with British Bulldog, Owen Hart, The Rock, Billy Gunn and Steve Blackman. Shamrock was a part of the Vince McMahon led stable known as The Corporation. One of his best WWE moments came when he faced Blackman in a Lion's Den Weapons Match in 1999 at SummerSlam.

Shamrock is considered by some to be one of the greatest in-ring wrestlers ever to compete in WWE.

His MMA background allowed for him to display a bevy of holds and suplexes that not many fans had not seen before. Aside from his great in-ring work, his explosive World's Most Dangerous Man persona made him fun to watch.

If this were 2002 I would be all about a Shamrock return. However, this is 2013, and Ken Shamrock is about to turn 50. I am sure the man is still in great shape, but 50 is 50. I just am not able to see a situation where the company would want to use him for anything of relevance.

Given his comments above, Shamrock is looking for a shot at being WWE Champion or World Heavyweight Champion. Some might say that they would rather have a full-time Shamrock over a part-time Rock, I am not one of those people.

For nostalgia sake, and for the fact that I like him, I would love to see Shamrock feud with John Cena. If Shamrock can still go in the ring and do the stuff he could in 1999, he and Cena could probably put on a heck of a match. Cena aside, I am sure Shamrock and a few others on the roster could do great work together as well. 

But having a great match or two and winning one of the big belts are completely different things. Shamrock as a top guy was a tough sell while he was in his prime. Shamrock as a top guy while he is on the path to retirement is a near impossible sell.

Even if his body is ready to get back in wrestling, would it be able to hold up? He left the WWE in 1999 after suffering a serious injury. Many said he was never the same MMA fighter after his WWE stint and some attribute that to injuries suffered in wrestling. Couple that with the wear and tear from everything else and one would have to think his body is delicate to say the least.

It would appear that the proverbial ball is now in the court of WWE. If Shamrock has indeed placed calls, will they eventually get back to him? I suppose this is going to be one of those wait and see situations.

Would you like to see Shamrock back in WWE?