Ken Shamrock is one of the first names that comes to mind who transitioned from the MMA world to the world of professional wrestling. He saw a decent level of success in pro wrestling as well. This is especially true for his time in WWE and it seems he was called a sellout for leaving the UFC and joining WWE.

The World’s Most Dangerous Man made his way to WWE back in 1997 and stayed with the company for the next two years. He saw a decent amount of success during that time as well, transitioning his success from the Octagon.

Ken Shamrock had a solid track record in the UFC before he made his way to the WWE back in the day. That being said, Shamrock still does not regret leaving UFC and signing with WWE

While speaking with Giancarlo Aulino, Ken Shamrock discussed a number of different topics, including the backlash he received for leaving UFC for WWE. He recalled how he was called a sellout for his move.


Not only did some of the fans turn on me but some of guys in the Lion’s Den, after everything that I did and gave them a career – obviously they earned it no question – but some of them turned on me and didn’t understand why I was doing this. Because they were feeling the heat being a part of the Lion’s Den that I was going into something that was ‘fake’ and it wasn’t real and I was a sell-out. So I had to eat it. I had to listen to all that stuff. And you know, I think a lot of these people that are crossing over and doing it now, they should be thankful that they’re not the first ones to have to do it because it wasn’t a pretty sight for me.

All those people that followed me, half of them turned on me. And of course, being in that realm of being this celebrity in fighting and people turning on you, it’s not fun. You hear a lot of things there’s nothing you could do about it. But you know, being successful heals everything. We were able to turn wrestling into something that people could be proud to watch. It became this Attitude Era and people started to think it was cool and pretty soon it blew up. And thank goodness because it could’ve turned out much differently and I could’ve got squashed…I thought I was able to be very successful in wrestling even though I that there was a lot more we could’ve done. Unfortunately it didn’t happen, but I felt like I represented wrestling well and I represented the MMA world well.

Ken Shamrock would also only return to WWE if it makes sense to him. He also had trust issues with WWE prior to his exit. We will have to wait and see whether e will return to WWE one day.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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