Hailed as being one of the most Dangerous things on the planet according to an ABC News Special: Ken Shamrock has for a long time been nicknamed as The World’s Most Dangerous Man, and for good reason too. Ken Shamrock is one of the early pioneers as well as one of the biggest stars of Mixed Martial Arts. He has headlined several UFC and Pride FC events, and was the first ever UFC Superfight Champion, a title later re-branded as the UFC Heavyweight Championship. In 2003, Shamrock became the joint first inductee of the UFC Hall of Fame; alongside his former UFC rival Royce Gracie. Whilst being mainly known the world over as an MMA fighter however, the first time I heard of Shamrock, was on the back of a music album.
In late 2004, I got into, and became a fan of Pro-Wrestling. One thing I still like about Professional Wrestling to this day is the entrance music of the wrestlers. Some of my favourite pieces include the music for Booker T, The Undertaker, Rob Van Dam and Shinsuke Nakamura. After attending a showing of WWE Smackdown at the Manchester Evening News Arena in late 2004, I heard that it was possible to actually purchase the pieces of music on CD, so soon after then I went and bought the WWE Anthology.
The Anthology is a collection of pieces of music produced for WWE events and wrestlers over nearly three decades. Produced by longtime WWE composer Jim Johnston, the anthology presented music from three different timelines/eras:
- The Federation Years; featuring music for wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels.
- The Attitude Era; featuring music for wrestlers such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock.
- The Present or “NOW” as dubbed on the back of the album; featuring music for wrestlers such as Brock Lesnar and Christian.
To date, it’s still one of my favourite albums. I fell in love with quite a few pieces on all three discs; many are amongst my favourite wrestling themes, as well as my favourite pieces of music altogether.
Anyway, the first time I heard of Ken Shamrock, it was on the back of this album. Whilst making his name as a Mixed Martial Artist, Ken Shamrock did spend a good number of years in professional wrestling. His training in martial arts would for one give him a good jumping off point to easily jump into the sport, plus his moniker of ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Man’ is almost the perfect name for any Professional Wrestler. During his time in WWE between 1997 and 1999; he was Intercontinental Champion and the 1998 King of the Ring. Also; much like his time in UFC, headlined several WWE events too.
His entrance theme is actually one of the more memorable pieces of music from the album. From the word go, there is a concession of chops and cuts as the guitar riffs, mixed with the sound of a dinging bell, suggested something big and tough while moving ominously and slow. It then speeds up as the piece provides a continued bashing of it’s riffs and splits. It’s not necessarily a pleasant or harmonious piece, but is a more aggressive piece suggesting something far more dangerous than sweet coming your way, before laying in a bashing. For me this is one of the more standout pieces from the Anthology album, and while this disc (the second one of three) contains a lot of really good pieces, this one carries a level of charm to it due to it’s composure and sound, creating a very memorable and standout track. In the past I have even adopted this track as my own entrance theme (usually in the form of getting myself in the zone for laser quest, along with Masato Tanaka‘s ECW theme).
Whilst I don’t really get to watch MMA as much as I would like to, this piece of music did open the door for me to learn more about one of it’s biggest hitters.
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