(b. Ken Kilpatrick in 1964) is a retired American Professional Wrestler
and Mixed Martial Artist
best known for his work in WWE
and the UFC
. He actually started as a pro wrestler, debuting in the South Atlantic Pro Wrestling promotion in 1989, under the name "Mr. Wrestling" Vince Torelli. This led him to All Japan Pro Wrestling
, and he would go back and forth between SAPW and Japanese "shoot-style" promotions such as UWF and PWFG until he walked away from wrestling for MMA. He competed for Pancrase and was on the first UFC event and would compete regularly for them until he returned to wrestling in 1997, this time for WWE. Over his time in WWE, he would hold the WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Title
once, the WWE World Tag Team Title
once with the Big Bossman
and win the 1998 King of the Ring
Tournament. He returned to MMA in 2000 and went back and forth between the two. In 2002, he signed with the new NWA TNA
promotion, and was crowned the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion
at NWA TNA #1
. He has also been a trainer and was a coach on The Ultimate Fighter
. His achievements in MMA include winning the UFC Superfight Title
, the King of Pancrasists Open-weight Title
and, along with Royce Gracie, being one of the first inductees into the UFC Hall of Fame.
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"Ultimate, Dangerous Tropes":
- Arch-Enemy: Dan "The Beast" Severn, in UFC and in WWE. In MMA also Tito Ortiz.
- The Big Guy
- The Brute as a heel.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Collegiate American Football: At Shasta College.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His father left when he was five. His mother married a man who abused Ken. Ken spent time in foster homes, juvenile hall and group homes. That isn't Kayfabe, either. He was legally adopted by his foster father and took his last name.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Finishing Move: Ankle Lock.
- Gimmick Matches: At SummerSlam 98, he defeated Owen Hart in a "Lion's Den Match," which was held in a modified UFC-style octagon. At Fully Loaded 99, he defeated Steve Blackman in an "Iron Circle Match," which was a hardcore match where they were surrounded by cars in a parking garage. Shamrock won by choking out Blackman with a chain.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: He worked both roles in SAPW and in WWE.
- Hit Me, Dammit!: During his Intercontinental Heavyweight Title match against Val Venis at WWF In Your House 27: St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Ryan Shamrock was supposed to slap him but missed her cue, with Ken attempting to salvage the situation by audibly yelling, "SLAP ME!"
- I Know MMA: Specifically the Japanese shoot-style MMA, which is based around catch wrestling and other martial arts.
- Insult Backfire: Shamrock's threat to beat Tito Ortiz "into a living death" caused Tito to burst into laughter. It's one of MMA's most famous groaners.
- King of Beasts: He has a chain of MMA schools called the Lion's Den.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: To Ryan Shamrock, who luckily didn't like to travel.
- Military Brat: He was born at Robins Air Force Base in Macon, GA.
- MMA Family: His brother Frank.
- Noodle Incident: It was never explained why he put so much enthusiasm into beating up Billy Gunn. Granted, he put a lot of enthusiasm into everything he did, but, for some reason Gunn seemed to bring out something extra in him.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He defeated the Rock to win the 1998 King of the Ring Tournament...the same night as the Hell In A Cell II match between Mankind and The Undertaker.
- Power Stable:
- Real Song Theme Tune: For most of his UFC career, he used Reveille's "What You Got."
- Red Baron: "The World's Most Dangerous Man"
- Screaming Warrior: "GET OUT OF MY WAY!", after the British Bulldog shoved dog food in Ken's mouth during their match at SummerSlam 97.
- Training from Hell: Apparently, what it's like to train under him. Shamrock himself passed one under Yoshiaki Fujiwara in Japan.
- Underwear of Power
- Unrelated Brothers: He's unrelated to his foster brother and MMA fighter Frank Shamrock. In Kayfabe, Ryan Shamrock is his sister.
- Unstoppable Rage