The professional wrestling world was shocked with the death of newest WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior.
One athlete who has competed inside the squared circle and an octagon recalled meeting the legendary wrestler.
UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock joined The Roman Show and recalled his first experience with the Ultimate Warrior.
“Anytime you know of someone who passes away is always a sad feeling,” he said. “You understand that this is stuff that happens in life. You wish the family and friends a little bit of comfort. He is in a better place. It’s really the people that are left behind you want to pray for.”
He reminisced his first experience with the Warrior after wrestling at a house show.
“First memory is a funny one,” he said. “I was in Gene Anderson’s organization, and WWF came to town. They brought me in for three house shows. I worked two matches with Barry Horowitz and one with Mega Man [McGee]. The two with Barry were good, and the one with Mega Man was a horrible match. I went to the locker room. They told me, ‘Don't worry about it. That guy is as green as you are.'
“The Ultimate Warrior then had his match. He sprinted to the ring; he hit the ropes, beats the guy and sprints all the way through the locker room and immediately sits down. As I am talking, he passes out. I said, ‘Wow. What happened?’ One of the Anderson brothers said, ‘Don't worry. He probably just got gassed.’ I thought he died. That was the first time I met him. After that, he wouldn't talk much. He was nice to me. He was a man of few words. I respected him.”
Shamrock also spoke about bringing mixed martial arts type submissions into professional wrestling, changing the scene.
“I led the way that the submissions can work in pro wrestling,” he said. “It has changed.”
He also discussed the difference between professional wrestling and mixed martial arts crowds, mixed martial arts pay, his childhood and WrestleMania experience.
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