I've been listening to the Best Show on WFMU archives lately and came across a funny bit from the 7/21/09 episode. The show's host, Tom Scharpling, and guest Paul F. Tompkins were dissecting a promo for last year's "Gathering of the Juggalos," which advertised a pro wrestling appearance from Ken Shamrock.
Tompkins had this story to share about "The World's Most Dangerous Man:"
I did this series of internet shorts with Andy Richter where we traveled all up and down the West Coast, interviewing different people who were-- you know, who excelled in their field, whatever it was, and one of the people was Ken Shamrock. So the idea is that the thing's supposed to be funny, and I think Ken Shamrock was afraid that I was gonna make fun of him or something, and you know, it's like a hard thing to sort of goof around with somebody but not-- you know, I was not trying to mock him in any way, and I was not mocking him. In fact, I thought I did a great job of pretending to be interested in his dumb, violent sport.
So, for a gag, it's gonna be funny, 'cause I'm standing there in a tie, you know, "show me some moves and holds" and stuff like that. This guy knocks me to the ground, like for real, it's not like-- I'm not a mixed martial artist, by any stretch, and there's no prep to this whatsoever. He knocks me to the ground, gets my arm behind my back, and like pushes it to where it hurts. Like, really hurts. Not like it's on the edge, like "oh, if you go one more quarter of an inch, I'm gonna feel that." It's like "no, you're hurting me."
Then he does this thing where he like-- I'm like, "alright," just pretending, like I'm acting it up, "oh, okay -- uncle!" and all that stuff, and uh, "let's do another one!" And I'm thinking "he's not gonna hurt me... he must know that he's hurting me." He does this thing where he gets me on the ground again and then, like, twists my leg to where it hurt so much that I felt it for months. To where -- and I've never had this thought in my life -- where I thought "could I sue Ken Shamrock if I have a permanent disability from this dumb eBay online internet short?"
This guy clearly wasn't sure if I was making fun of him. Just to be on the safe side, he was gonna hurt me and show me who was more powerful. Like, "I might not be smart, but I can cripple you, so I think I win." And that is the definition of a bully. Someone who knows they can beat you, and then beats you.