Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson paid tribute to Ken Shamrock on the Bound For Glory pre-show and inducted him into the IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The legendary superstar – who had many battles with the World’s Most Dangerous Man during their time in WWE – was a fitting choice to honour his former on-screen rival during the company’s biggest event of the year.
He said: ‘A friend, my brother, congratulations on the induction into the IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Fame.
‘I’m extremely proud of you, and thank you so much for the memories. THank you so much for the sweat equity, and thank you for being just an awesome dude, man, at a time when I really needed it in my career.
‘I really appreciate it. Very proud of you, enjoy this and you’ve got some Teremana Tequila coming for you, and I want you to enjoy it.
‘Congratulations again Ken, the World’s Most Dangerous man inducted into the IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Fame. Congratulations.’
Mick Foley, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Bas Rutton Ariel Helwani and Chael Sonnen all joined The Rock in paying tribute to Shamrock on his special night.
When it came to Ken to deliver his speech, he thanked his family and friends as well as Hart, Johnson and even Vince McMahon for helping develop his career.
After becoming the first ever TNA Wrestling World Champion 2002, he would make a brief comeback two years later, before returning for his current run in 2019.
He has now joined Sting, Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Earl Hebner, Gail Kim, Abyss and Team 3D in IMPACT’s Hall of Fame.
The company’s boss Scott D’Amore recently opened up about his history with The Rock, and why the Great One showed real respect for the promotion by getting involved with Shamrock’s induction.
‘Like all of us, he’s a wrestling fan, and he appreciates wrestling fans and their support,’ he exclusively told Metro.co.uk.
‘That’s why a guy like Dwayne was able to say, “Ken’s been honoured, I wanna be there for Ken”.
‘He’s gone out there and he’s responded to other talent’s stuff – he’s a class act. Having him being involved – he’s doing it for Ken, there’s no question about that, and Ken deserves it.
‘But it shows he trusts us, to be part of our induction of Ken. it’s a great, great thing for us, and we look forward to it.’
Credit: Original article published here.