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Shamrock Criticizes HHH For Having A Huge Ego, Feels He Doesn’t Want Him Back In WWE

Mixed martial artist Ken Shamrock appeared as a guest on Busted Open Radio, hosted by Doug Mortman and Dave LaGreca (Busted Open Radio airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sirius 94 and XM 208), where he discussed a number of WWE-related topics, including Triple H’s influence on the product. Highlights from the interview are as follows:

Having every show being perfect: “If there was a WCW and if there was someone watching the ratings like when we were in it, there was not one time when you went on the show that the ratings were not sky high and that it wasn’t action packed. The reason why you don’t have shows that are action packed is because you have a changing in the guards now. Vince McMahon was a genius, he was an absolute genius. Then you got a guy that has a huge ego in Triple H who needs to have the spotlight on him and that’s why the shows aren’t going well there because he doesn’t see past himself. You have to be able to bring in all the other talents.

“How many people do they have on the roster? How do you not have every show action packed? How do you have the shows leading up to a big show with all the people you have at your disposal and not be able to put on a good show? If there was a competition out there with another organization, I promise you wouldn’t have these weak ass shows because that means you lost the ratings that week! Knowing Vince McMahon, he hates to lose, he hates to have anyone go over on him and he will be working day and night to make sure that every single one of those shows were a knockout and a home run because you do not have any room for a mistake.

“But since there is no competition and because there is no body pushing them, Vince is kind of laying back and allowing someone who has too big of an ego to run the show because he was actually a talent on the show and he was so hungry to be famous that he would do anything to do that which he has and now he’s in position to control the show and now that’s all you see is him and that’s the problem. You can’t let someone who has that big of an ego run the show.”

Having the current storyline getting Triple H over: “I promise you that Triple H wants to be Vince McMahon, he wants that charisma, he wants that control, and he wants that respect but the only way you going to get the respect by putting yourself a side and pushing other people. Now the only way anyone is going to get pushed is if Triple H has something to do with them, period. That right there is a problem. You can’t start an organization when you’re actually going to be running it and putting yourself in the limelight. Vince McMahon did not do that. Vince McMahon put over (Hulk)Hogan, McMahon put over Andre the Giant, and he was nowhere to be seen. Right now, you got a guy that’s pretty questionable on why he is there and then he makes it even more of a problem by putting himself in the limelight and everybody is going: “See, I told you so.'”

Triple H’s influence in the product and going back to the basis of the Attitude Era: “How long did it take him to do that? He had to listen to other people. He didn’t come up with this great idea on his own. It’s the fans screaming about it. It was when I came up and said, these guys are really soft and it’s not them personally. It’s the storyline. I’m sure these guys can do whatever you ask them to do but it’s the storylines and the direction that the company is going and if you get enough people screaming about it and then all of a sudden he goes: ‘Oh yeah, let me follow it.’

“That’s not the way Vince McMahon would do it. Vince McMahon would have already done it and he would not have to listen to what everybody is telling him to do, he would have already know what to do because he has his ear to the ground and he’s listening and watching to what everything is going on around him in the world, what people are looking at, what people are following, what peoples trends are and he would move the company in that direction before the fans start chanting: ‘Hey! We need more aggressiveness, we need guys to step up, we need the guys to start fighting, we need blood, etc.’ He’s behind the eight ball. How hard is it when you’re sitting at that position and you get enough people to scream and yell at you when you need to start making those changes. That’s not going to work. We need someone that’s going to watch everything that’s going on in the world and move that company in that direction knowing that this is what the people are looking for and that’s not what’s happening. It’s like you have to be instructed by what the fans are screaming for and you need to pay attention before you give the fans what they want before they know they want it.”

Relationship with Vince McMahon: “Obviously, I don’t know how he feels about me. I know we had our arguments but he has had his arguments with everybody that was with the WWF that was on the big stage with him. I don’t hold any personal grudges with him. I think Vince also puts up and he doesn’t just run his mouth. He is a genuinely tough guy and if he had to, he would stand his ground. I respect Vince McMahon for everything that he is but on the other hand with Triple H, it’s the opposite. I think he runs his mouth all the time and not necessarily in the public’s eye because they don’t get to see that part of it but he does behind the scenes and he can’t back it up.

“He followed the game plan and he got where he needed to be. He is where he’s at and there is no doubt that I’m not taking anything away from Triple H, he got to where he is because he’s a great talent. He got to the WWE because he is good at what he does, no question. Not taking anything away from this guy but to be in the position that he is in right now and being able to run something as big as the WWE, I don’t think he is ready for that yet. It’s too soon to be throwing yourself in there like your Vince McMahon.”

Today’s MMA guys in pro wrestling: “It’s fortunate for me because when I got there (WWE), I was one of their top guys. I was blessed in that sense where I can understand the difference whereas a lot of these guys that are just coming in, the first couple years are going to be an education. You got to understand that these pro wrestlers when they come in, you really need to check your attitude at the door. You have to bring it in because that’s who you are but you got to keep it out of the locker room and out of your work. It’s hard to do because you have to bring that attitude and person that you are to the people that you know as. In the ring and those guys across from you got to know that you are not going to kill them. It’s a hard adjustment and it’s not an easy one to do and in time, you’re going to see a little bit more of a cross over, I think people will get more of an understanding of how that business works and its ok to have an attitude but you have to make sure when you’re in the locker room, everybody knows who you are and what your there for.”

Go back to the WWE?: “In a heartbeat. The only problem with that is I don’t think Triple H wants me there but it is what it is. It’s sad because you got a big organization like that the fans would love to see me go back, love to have me in there and yet, I’m not allowed to go back there but not necessarily go back there but nobody talking to me about going back to the organization. It’s says a whole lot about what they feel about the fans and what the fans want and they are not looking at that. That’s when I tell you about ‘Having your ear to the ground. Listen to what the fans wants before they know they want it.’

“That’s what’s missing right now is that they have the opportunity to bring guys in, not just myself, but to bring guys in that give them that edge like Vince did. He brought me in and the single thought was to change pro wrestling and bring some realness to it and he got me to referee the I Quit Match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 which was tremendous. Those guys beat the crap out of each other. That whole scenario and being the referee and the match they put together that gave the Vince the opportunity and Vince had the vision. It’s not like Vince flipped the card over and said: ‘Ok, this is what we are going to go with.’ Vince had this in his mind. Vince was a genius to turn things around and he did that and they were getting killed in the ratings. All of their big stars went to WCW and all of the sudden all of these ratings wars were going on and Vince said: ‘This MMA is really taking off, I wonder if we can get someone in here that can give us that realness’ and they went out and got me and brought me in and really took a chance and who know if I could have worked or not.”

  • Chris

    He was a B+

  • CC

    Shamrock sounds a little bitter. I am a fan of the guy, but he seems to have run ins with everyone, which kinda says that all the things he accuses HHH of, he is probably just as guilty of.
    By saying this stuff about HHH at a moment in time where HHH now has true power within the company, is not going to help his chances.
    That said his age is more likely to be the thing that holds him back. There are plenty of talent of a similar age or older who would be interested in coming back, the fans want back and HHH and Vince have no issues with, yet WWE is not reaching out to them, so why would they be interested in guys like Ken?
    Its kind of a bonus that WWE arent though as we dont need to have another old guys roster like a certain other company.

  • Mike Wells

    Well Shamrock has killed his chance of coming back.

    I’d love to see him back. He was awesome. Intense. Athlete. Shamrock vs Angle would have been amazing.

  • You must’ve just started watching WWE within the last few years, huh? Shamrock wasn’t a “B talent”. He was a big deal. Vince was strongly considering having him beat HBK for the WWF Championship at one point, but politics (aka HBK and HHH) got in the way of that. Shamrock was a great wrestler for WWF, entertaining, strong matches, former Tag Champ, IC Champ and King of the Ring. Nothing in there says “B talent”. Learn what you’re talking about before doing so.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    Well the thing is we all know (well most fans do) how much of an ass HHH is anyway, he wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near the level he’s at had he not married into the family.

    As far as shamrock goes i’d love to see him back, he’s one of those guys like Taker, Michaels & Angle where he’s a little bit older BUT he can still go unlike most stars who over do it and just hang around for a pay check (ric flair)

  • poko

    In my opinion, Triple H has improved the WWE in recent months. He’s bringing in indie talent, he’s trying to bring back the tag team division, and he’s put an emphasis on guys getting experience before they show up on RAW. Those are all good things.

    As far as Triple H not putting wrestlers over in his new role as the face of WWE management, the jury is still out on that. Vince put guys over, like Stone Cold and the Rock, but only after he screwed them in every way possible first. The top heel has to make the audience hate them first.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    My bad didn’t read the whole article on Shamrock. Because I can’t stand guys like Shamrock going on a rant for no reason. The fact that he is almost 50 year old maybe the reason why WWE doesn’t want him back. For HHH it not about ego as more then confident. He does got more power now but he also have a responsibility to bring it the right guys that will help WWE not hurt it Shamrock would hurt the WWE more then help it. They are trying to stick with the young guys or guys who still have more to give to the WWE. Shamrock has nothing left his best days are gone. Sorry but it is the truth

  • millerj265

    HHH has a big ego we get it, how could he not in order to get where he is, rock also has a big ego, so does Steve Austin, in fact Steve’s ego is the reason he left wwe in 02 because he wouldn’t job to Lesner in a KOTR qualifier on Monday Night Raw because he knew he was bigger then that and if Lesner was going to beat him they needed to draw the thing out and make some big money or big ratings on the thing, why cause Steve knows his value and has an ego. Now the thing with hunters ego is whether or not he will be able to see past it and do what’s best (and no pun intended) for business and for the new crop of stars that he will eventually lead into the future of the wwe and not do what makes him look good or gets him over, and on that subject only time will tell. But to shamrocks points, the man is delusional if he thinks hunter is calling the shots in wwe, can he be a guy who goes to vince and says hey I don’t know about bring back shamrock he nvr drew any money (as he likes to say about everyone) and have vince listen to him and not bring him back, absolutely. But at the same time if vince sees dollar signs in a shamrock return, nothing HHH could say or do would stop him from bringing him into the fold. Hunter will eventually take the reigns of the wwe along with his wife and then truly sit atop the thrown of the wwe as its ruler and king, but for now Vince is still the King of this Kingdome and HHH is his heir apparent to the throne, and he may have a lot of pull and have his hands in a lot of cookie jars backstage, but all decisions still go threw Vince McMahon and they will still for a long while to come. So if shamrock really wants back into the wwe he needs to convince Vince he can draw them so good money and at least a few weeks of big ratings and if he can convince him of that, then he will be back on wwe television simple as that. But the thing is he knows he cant and that’s why he isn’t in the wwe, and that’s not a knock on him I loved him and his wwe run, but the man didn’t leave a lasting impact on the business and the star power he once possessed dried up a long time ago with his final fights with Tito Ortiz. He’s not a stupid man and if he spent as much time as he says around Vince he knows Vince is still in charge, so if he wants to blame why he cant get back in the wwe on HHH to make himself look or feel better that’s his business, or hey maybe the mans just trying to stir up some crap and get a little internet buzz going in hopes it could lead to a return and a hot angle, it wont if that’s the goal but I can respect the effort if that’s what it is, if its not then shamrocks just living in denial then.

  • millerj265

    The title of the article doesn’t say that’s why shamrock thinks HHH doesn’t want him back it says, “Shamrock Criticizes HHH For Having A Huge Ego, Feels He Doesn’t Want Him Back In WWE” In the article shamrock does speak about hunters ego, and also says hunter doesn’t want him back, but nowhere does it say shamrock thinks hunters ego is why he doesn’t want him back nor does it imply that in the article title. I know some of the articles here are exceptionally misleading but don’t crap on an article for something that it nvr once said would be in it, it just makes the times when you have a valid complaint about an article less reputable.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I read that article and don’t see anywhere when Shamrock talk about HHH ego is the reason he won’t bring him back. Stop putting words in people mouth unless he really said it. It just maybe HHH think he to old to bring back has nothing to do with ego. Stop letting HHH storyline over shadow what he is really trying to do that is get new young guys over.

  • MrDr3w

    I love when these former B talents come out of the wood works talking about what’s wrong with the product today, because they’re absolutely right. Bring Shamrock back!

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I need really cared for shamrock that much when he wrestled. His feud with the rock was good, but other than that he didn’t really do anything.