During last night’s Bound For Glory PPV pre-show, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appeared via a pre-recorded video to induct Ken Shamrock into the IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Johnson said he shared the ring with many people, but Ken Shamrock is the one man that he owes debt and gratitude to.
Johnson also stated that at a time where he was cutting his teeth as a heel in WWE, he needed the best hero or badass to establish himself, and that guy was Shamrock.
He went on to say that Shamrock could have refused working with him, but he did it. He then put over Shamrock’s accomplishments as a founder father and Hall of Famer in the UFC, and the WWF Attitude Era, which was “the greatest era in professional wrestling.”
Johnson closed by saying that he was extremely proud of Shamrock, thanked him for the all the memories and “sweat equity.” He noted that he would send Shamrock some of his tequila to enjoy.
Shamrock would go onto defeat Eddie Edwards by submission in their match at the Bound For Glory pay-per-view, which aired live last night from Skyway Studios in Nashville, TN.
Last month, Shamrock issued a tweet to The Rock asking him if he would send an induction greeting. Within the hour, Johnson responded to congratulate Shamrock and stated he will have a video sent to him.
IMPACT Wrestling announced this past March that Shamrock would be inducted into their Hall of Fame during Bound For Glory weekend. Shamrock was part of the very first NWA-TNA PPV, winning the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship on that show. Shamrock made his return to IMPACT last year.
IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore took to Twitter to thank Dwayne Johnson for inducting Shamrock. Johnson in turn would respond by saying that it was his pleasure, as Shamrock played an instrumental part in his early career.
You can view the back and forth Twitter exchange below:
My pleasure, brother. Ken was very instrumental early in my career and I’ll always be grateful to him. Thanks to you as well for being so kind to me on that Indy show we did back in ‘97. Tell all the Impact boys (and girls) I said keep working hard and have fun 💪🏾
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 25, 2020