May 10, 2008
Mr. Kennedy: 'It sucked being suspended'
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Ken Anderson has plenty to be thankful for these days.
Wrestling as Mr. Kennedy, he's transformed himself into one of WWE's most dynamic entertainers, strong with both his wrestling skills and on the microphone. He's just finished a direct-to-DVD movie, Behind Enemy Lines 3.
And, earlier this year, he married his girlfriend, Shawn Trebnick.
But his voice quivers a bit as he talks about last year's suspension from WWE after a Sports Illustrated article included him in a list of wrestlers who had obtained illegal steroids.
"I had been receiving medication because I had been injured," he says. "I went to the doctor and my levels of testosterone were low, so he prescribed medication. At no point did I ever go out and buy drugs on an Internet pharmacy. My doctor went on the Internet. I had no idea where they were coming from.
"Look at me. I'm not a big jacked-up guy. In small doses, they can be good for you. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I will never make that mistake again. It was a rough part in my life. It sucked being suspended."
After time off to film the movie, Mr. Kennedy's back ... with a bit of a character change, maybe swinging more of the fans onto his side.
"I'm going to continue to do things the way I have in the past," he says. "But maybe I won't cheat as much."
Not that he minds being booed.
"One of my favourite memories is performing in Italy, it might have been Florence. I was the ring announcer and JBL started singing America The Beautiful.
"The Italians all started singing their national anthem. I had goosebumps. It felt like the roof was going to blow off. Everybody was unified ... they all hated us. (JBL) looks at me and say, 'This is what it's all about kid.' "
EDITOR'S NOTE: Watch for the Mr. Kennedy SLAM! Wrestling reader Q&A in the coming days.