As The Rock, Dwayne Johnson had a legendary career in the WWE. However, according to recent claims made by former Intercontinental Champion Ken Shamrock, ‘The Rock’ was actually his moniker.
Ken Shamrock had a prosperous career as a professional fighter in the UFC before joining WWE in 1997. The 58-year-old got the monikers “The Rock” and “World’s Most Dangerous Man” while wrestling there.
Shamrock was still referred to by WWE as the “World’s Most Dangerous Man” throughout his time there. However, Dwayne Johnson fka Rocky Mavia was given the name ‘The Rock’.
The former IC Champ revealed in an appearance for Wrestling Shoot Interviews that he had a talk with Dwayne Johnson when he adopted the moniker “The Rock.”
I told him, “Bro, you know I was The Rock first, right?” when he first used the moniker “The Rock.” He gave me a really perplexed look, but I already had a contract with all of stuff written in. I responded by saying, “Bro, no honestly, I have it in my contract,” he stated.
Shamrock also claimed in the session that his agreement with WWE included the name “The Rock.”
“Yes, I do have it in a contract. World’s Most Dangerous Man, Ken “The Rock” Shamrock, Lions Den, all of those things— even the action figures with Lions Den printed on them—are mine, registered trademarks that I have used in both the UFC and the WWF,” he said.
Ken Shamrock discussed his connection with recently retired WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
Shamrock discussed his connection with longtime WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in a recent interview with VLAD TV, saying that he was always kind to him.
“Vince always treated me well. I’m talking about even after I went to him and told him I was leaving. Naturally, I wasn’t thrilled with some of the events that occurred and the way they were using me.”
“But regardless of whether he had a direct hand in it or not, he always behaved with me well, and as I’ve mentioned, I treat people the same way ” said Shamrock.