Russo asks Shamrock about developing Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling which debuted in 1993, 3 years before UFC. Shamrock says that promotion was developed out of frustration of having to put over older talents in wrestling matches night after night.
It was a mix of shoot fighting with wrestling, and this guaranteed that the best man got his hand raised at the end of the match. After competing in his first Pancrase fight he knew he was meant to compete in legitimate fighting contests.
Russo recalls the origins of WWE’s Brawl for All tournament in the late 90s. He says he came up with that idea because he considered JBL a bully, and one night JBL said, “If this stuff was real I’d kick everyone’s ass in the locker room!” Russo severely doubted JBL’s statement and pitched the idea to Vince McMahon in order to see JBL get knocked out on live television.
That sums up today’s episode of Vince Russo’s The Brand. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya tomorrow for another recap!