Ken Shamrock

Jan 18, 2010 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Real name: Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 215 lbs.
Date of birth: February 11, 1964
From: Sacramento, CA
Pro debut: 1988
Trained by: Nelson Royal
Finishing move: Ankle-lock Submission


– In 1988, Kilpatrick entered some tough man contests, and was successful in three competitions.
– Kilpatrick entered South Atlantic Pro Wrestling under the alias Wayne Shamrock, and was managed by “Number One” Paul Jones. His gimmick was later was changed to “Mr. Wrestling” Vince Torelli.
– In September 1990, Shamrock earned a spot with the second incarnation of Japan’s UWF shoot fighting group, whom Shamrock’s friend Dean Malenko had recommended.
– In February 1991, Shamrock (as Torelli) defeated Chris Chavis (Tanaka) in a tournament final to capture the South Atlantic Pro Wrestling title.
– Shamrock moved on to Pancrase, a shoot fighting outfit in Japan, and defeated Masakatsu Funaki in the main event of the promotions inaugural show on September 21, 1993.
– At the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) show in November 1993, Shamrock defeated Pat Smith, but fell victim to Royce Gracie in the semifinals.
– In a two day tournament to crown the first King of Pancrase in December 1994, Shamrock defeated Manabu Yamada by Judge’s decision (3-0) to claim the honors.
– At UFC V, Shamrock fought nemesis Royce Gracie to a draw.
– At UFC VI, Shamrock defeated Dan “The Beast” Severn with a Guillotine Choke to become the first Superfight Champion.
– On December 7, 1996, Shamrock defeated Brian Johnston in an UFC octagon.
– On February 24, 1997, Shamrock made his first appearance for the WWF, sitting at ringside during Monday Night “Raw.” Earlier that day, he had signed a three-year contract.
– Shamrock officiated the “I Quit” match between Bret Hart and Steve Austin at Wrestlemania XIV.
– Vernon White (one of his students from the Lion’s Den) was Shamrock’s first victim in the WWF.
– At In Your House 15, Shamrock and Vader clashed in a No Holds Barred match, where Shamrock came out on top, defeating Vader with the ankle-lock submission.
– At the 1997 Survivor Series, Shamrock put up one of his best performances against the NOD, eliminating both D-Lo Brown and Rocky Maivia to become the sole survivor for his team.
– Shamrock challenged then WWF Champion Shawn Michaels at the Degeneration X PPV in December 1997. Shamrock won the match on a disqualification when Triple H and Chyna interfered.
– Shamrock was scheduled to compete at the next UFC PPV, December 21, 1997, but his opponent, Takada backed out of the deal.
– At the 1998 Royal Rumble, Shamrock faced Maivia. Shamrock “snapped” and attacked the referee, when the official disqualified him for using brass knuckles, which Maivia had brought to the ring.
– It appeared Shamrock had won the Intercontinental title at Wrestlemania XIV. Shamrock was declared the winner when Maivia tapped out with the Ankle-Lock Submission applied. When Shamrock refused to break the hold, the referee reversed the decision, and Maivia won via disqualification.
– Shamrock, Faarooq, Steve Blackman teamed up to beat The Nation of Domination at Unforgiven ’98.
– Shamrock defeated Jeff Jarrett and Rocky Maivia to be declared the 1998 King of the Ring.
– On the July 6, 1998 edition of “Raw,” Shamrock took on Jarrett, when suddenly Mabel stormed through the crowd and attacked Shamrock with a clothesline and a splash. Shamrock challenged Mabel to a match later that night, which Ken won.
– At Summer Slam ’98, Shamrock and Owen Hart clashed in the Lion’s Den Match, which was held inside a 12-sided steel cage. When Shamrock applied his Ankle-Lock Submission, Dan Severn, who was in Owen’s corner, walked away rather than throwing in the towel. Hart tapped out.
– When Triple H suffered an injury that would prevent him from defending the Intercontinental title; the new champion was decided in a one-night tournament on “Raw.” Shamrock went through Blackman, Val Venis, and X-Pac to win the Intercontinental championship.
– The night after the 1998 Survivor Series,” Shamrock accepted McMahon’s invitation to join his Corporation.
– Shamrock and the Big Boss Man teamed up to capture the WWF World Tag Team title from the New Age Outlaws on December 14, 1998.
– Shamrock, Mankind, Test, and the Big Show formed the Union.
– At the 1999 Over the Edge PPV, the Union defeated the Acolytes, Viscera, and the Big Boss Man in an elimination match.
– At the 1999 Fully Loaded, Shamrock defeated Blackman in an “Iron Circe” match.
– Shamrock defeated Blackman at the 1999 Summerslam in Minneapolis, MN in a “Lion’s Den” match.
– On May 1, 2000, Shamrock defeated Alexander Otsuka by knockout at the Pride Grand Prix Final.
– In May 2002, Shamrock signed a one year contract with Jerry Jarrett’s NWA TNA (Total Nonstop Action) group.
– On June 19, 2002, Shamrock won the “Gauntlet For The Gold” battle royal in Huntsville, AL to capture the NWA title.
– Two weeks later, Shamrock successfully defended the NWA title against Malice.
– On May 2, 2003, Shamrock defeated Takashi Iizuka at the Tokyo Dome.
– In November 2003, Shamrock was inducted into the UFC hall of fame.
– On June 19, 2004, Shamrock defeated Kimo Leopoldo in Las Vegas, NV on a UFC show.
– Shamrock’s next MMA victory would not come until February 2009, when he defeated Ross Clifton at a WarGods event. Shamrock would test positive for anabolic steroids after the fight
– Shamrock made a one-night-only return to wrestling at JCW Bloodymania III in August 2009, defeating Jimmy Jacobs
– Shamrock’s 28th and final MMA win came on October 16, 2010, defeating Johnathan Ivey at a USA MMA event in Lafayette
– Shamrock returned to the wrestling business on a near full-time basis in 2018, working several tours for Australia’s BCW promotion
– On November 30, 2018, Shamrock & Carlo Cannon defeated Gabriel Wolfe & Big Cuz to win the BCW Tag Team Titles
– On March 1, 2019, Shamrock & Cannon defeated Gabriel Wolfe & Jake Andrewartha to retain the BCW Tag Team Titles
– On April 26, Shamrock & Sketch (replacing the injured Carlo Cannon) defeated Aero Star & Drago to retain the BCW Tag Team Titles
– Over the next two days, Shamrock would defend the titles against Joe Mundie & Jack Rossely and Jude London & Mat Diamond in Handicap Matches
– On June 28, Shamrock & Carlo Cannon defeated Generation Zero (Michael Morleone & Zenith) to retain the BCW Tag Team Titles
– The next day, Shamrock & Cannon defeated Generation Zero and John Morrison & Taya Valkyrie to retain the BCW Tag Team Titles
– In August 2019, it was announced that Shamrock would be returning to Impact Wrestling. He re-debuted in a non-wrestling segment on the September 5, 2019 TV tapings
– Shamrock wrestled his first Impact match since 2004 at Bound For Glory 2019, losing to Moose
– At Hard To Kill 2020, Shamrock defeated Madman Fulton
– The Rock inducted Shamrock into the Impact Hall of Fame in February 2020
– At Rebellion 2020, Shamrock defeated Sami Callihan in an Unsanctioned Match
– At Bound For Glory 2020, Shamrock defeated Eddie Edwards
– Shamrock left Impact in early 2021

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