• “That Trust Was Kinda Broken” – Attitude Era Legend On Why He Left The WWF In 1999
Attitude Era Legend Ken Shamrock was interviewed on the VLADTV podcast, where he was asked about the reason behind leaving the WWF in 1999 during a storyline rivalry with Chris Jericho.
Here’s what The World’s Most Dangerous Man said:
“I already felt like I was being clumped into groups and that I was just kind of a side thing now, like whatever storyline was over here we would just do. It didn’t make any sense.
It just didn’t feel like they knew what to do with me from that point. It just felt like I was just there.
It just felt like they weren’t really using me at the level that I thought I should have been used just because of where I came from. And for me to stay there and just be second fiddle when I could go and do something and be first fiddle, especially with how I was able to draw and bring in crowds, and make more money, I felt like I could do that better in the Mixed Martial Arts world because it came back.
So that’s when I decided like if they’re not going to use me and really put me in anything that’s serious then I’m gonna move on. And it was always in the back of my head too that it was different there too because that trust was kinda broken.”
After making a name for himself in the early days of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) from 1993 to 1996, Ken Shamrock joined the World Wrestling Federation in February 1997 and worked there until September 1999.
The 1998 King of the Ring also wrestled for Total Nonstop Action! (TNA) during its early years in 2002 & 2004 and returned to the now-renamed IMPACT Wrestling for his most recent run from 2019 till 2021.
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• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (November 18, 1999) – WWF SmackDown!
On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
It was pre-taped in Cincinnati, Ohio and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Armageddon 1999’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
Too Cool vs. Edge & Christian
Kurt Angle vs. Gangrel
WWF European Title: British Bulldog vs. The Godfather
WWF World Heavyweight Title: The Big Show vs. Hardcore Holly
Kane vs. Viscera
WWF World Women’s Title – Hardcore Match: Ivory vs. Jacqueline vs. Luna
Chris Jericho vs. Mark Henry
WWF World Tag Titles: New Age Outlaws vs. Hardy Boyz
The Rock vs. The Big Boss Man