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IMPACT Wrestling star Ken Shamrock is embracing Hall of Fame legacy after tough childhood


The World’s Most Dangerous Man is thriving (Photo: IMPACT Wrestling)

Ken Shamrock has been thriving after returning to IMPACT Wrestling last year, with his big comeback highlighted by a Hall of Fame induction.

The pro wrestling and combat sports legend – who received the honour at Bound For Glory last month – has enjoyed a career revival during his latest run with the promotion, and he even faces Rich Swann for the IMPACT World Championship tonight on FreeSports.

Reflecting on the reasons for his return, Ken exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘The biggest thing is more personal to me.

‘I was young and I didn’t grow up very happy. I didn’t have a lot of the things that a lot of other kids were able to have growing up.

‘I grew up in a group home, I didn’t have a mother and father – obviously I got adopted, but there was a lot of things that didn’t happen for me.

‘Now, it’s like I have the opportunity to enjoy life, go out and have fun with it.’

The 56-year-old star is getting to lock horns with the industry’s talented rising stars, and he’s grateful for the opportunities he’s had later in life.

‘I wasted three quarters of my life early on because of situations I was in. So, now I’m making up for those things,’ he candidly admitted.

‘It’s not being satisfied once I get to a certain point, that I succeeded in something, that life’s over after that – “now you can sit back and enjoy life”. You don’t, when you sit back and try to do that. You get bored, you get lonely, you get depressed.’

Shamrock is a legend in pro wrestling and combat sports (Photo: IMPACT Wrestling)

Shamrock – who has been an influential name in both UFC and WWE over the years – has worked hard to be in a position to return to the big time in pro wrestling, and things have ‘come full circle’ with the IMPACT return in 2019, which came 17 years after he was crowned the promotion’s first ever world champion.

‘For me to be where I’m at right now in the company is a testament, I believe, to my work ethic and things I have done, the way I have changed my life and focused on things I want to accomplish,’ he smiled.

‘I’ve come a long way. I’ve had some ups and downs and some loses I wish I hadn’t had.

‘But I knew that was going to happen during these times of trying to figure out who I was, where I was going and how I would put my body back into that place where I would feel comfortable.

‘I think I’m there now.’

Shamrock was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bound For Glory (Photo: IMPACT Wrestling)

Being part of such a young, hungry and talented locker room has also helped, and The World’s Most Dangerous Man is thriving alongside the likes of Sami Callihan.

‘You’d be stupid not to learn. I don’t care how old you are,’ he said, while admitting he’s on hand to help as a veteran.

‘But I’m learning a whole lot from him, on who I am and who I should be. The minute somebody who is a veteran stops learning from people who are younger than them, that you better hang it up because the world changes very quickly.

He wants to keep learning from the current generation (Photo: IMPACT Wrestling)

‘If you’re not looking to learn from the younger generation, then you’re going to be left out, period.’

After being a huge part of IMPACT’s history in the TNA days, he’s now a huge part of its present, and he insisted a big goal for coming was to prove he could hang in the main event, and recaptured the gold.

‘Get the title – nothing more, nothing less. Everything that happens in between that, I’ll deal with when it does,’ he pondered.

‘I don’t think that anybody should get to a point where they feel like, oh, I’m just going to lay back and die now. No, man, I’m gonna live every moment, every second!’

*Ken Shamrock faces Rich Swann for the IMPACT World Championship on IMPACT tonight at 10pm on FreeSports.

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