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Mr. Kennedy game for arm rehab
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Mr. Kennedy is getting more joystick than microphone time these days. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea

Ken Anderson admits he's more than a bit of a geek.

You just may not want to be the one to walk up and call him that to his face.

Anderson, whose Mr. Kennedy gimmick, is a hit with WWE fans, stars in the upcoming direct-to-DVD movie Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia. He's also a video gamer and not ashamed to admit it, especially since he's had plenty of time on his hands recently, rehabbing from an arm injury.

"Besides relaxing and spending time with my wife and my dog, I've been playing lots of games -- Wii, Xbox 360 and on the computer," he says.

"I'm a nerd, a geek. I love Warcraft. I've crossed into super geekdom. I just beat Gears of Wars 2. I played 130 hours of Zelda when it came out. I've got a stack of games at home waiting for me. I'm trying to figure out something I can do that in that industry, a supplementary incomes. I'd like to get involved somehow."

Anderson became Mr. Kennedy when the WWE creative folks hedged at letting him use his real name.

"The biggest and only issue at the time was there were so many other Andersons -- Ole, Arn and Gene -- before me. If I was a flop, I don't think (Vince McMahon) wanted the Anderson name to be tarnished. Vince said he wanted me to be a separate entity so Paul Heyman came up with Kennedy. When I'm home, I'm Ken Anderson."

So how about the injuries?

"What we do is not ballet. Injuries are part of the business," he says.

"People say I'm snakebit, I'm plagued by injuries. But if you look at Rey Mysterio ... The Undertaker. He's out once a year ... Triple H ... John Cena. He was out twice in the last year. It is frustrating for me. I'm not as accomplished as those guys. They accomplished a lot more before they got injured. I hope I don't get a moniker attached to the end of my name.

"It's the nature of our business. Injuries happen. It was a freak injury for me. Batista clotheslined me and I injured my triceps when I hit the mat."

Kennedy's hoping to return by Feb. 28, "but I may be back sooner than you think," he says.

Talk turns to the tattoo on his shoulder.

"I was a joker all the way from kindergarten to Grade 12. I was voted class clown my senior year of high school. I searched high and low for the tattoo I wanted, a joker. I found it in a little shop and pointed to a picture, through a couple of sniffles. The guy said to me, 'That'll be $75, man.' I remember thinking, "Wow, $75, what a steal!'

"I was trying to be a hardass and I didn't even look at my arm while he was doing it. He didn't trace, he did it freehand. He said to me, 'All right man, it's almost done, dude.'

"I looked at my arm and thought, 'That doesn't look anything close to what I pointed out to him.' But I played along like I liked the tattoo. It was like I had to like it. But my plan is to get it removed and replace it. I'm kind of an artist, something I picked up in my off time. When I get it done this time, I'll micromanage the hell out of it."


Elijah Burke, CM Punk and Ken Kennedy share a laugh at the fifth annual THQ Superstar Challenge video game competition in Detroit in 2007. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea
Kennedy has another hobby -- watching his home-town Green Bay Packers.

And he's miffed at the mis-handling of Brett Favre in the off-season. Favre is now quarterbacking the New York Jets.

"I'm still upset at the way they handled it," he says. "Here you've got a guy who spent 15-16 years with your team, he beats the snot out of just about every record in the books, he's a three-time MVP and he decides he doesn't want to practice anymore so he's going to hang it up. But then he has a change of heart. He's brought millions and millions of dollars into Green Bay. I couldn't believe they would insinuate that he should ride the pine behind (starting QB) Aaron Rodgers. I'm irritated and sad that he would eventually go to another team.

"I hoped he wouldn't end up like Joe Montana. Montana should have ended his career in San Francisco and Favre should have finished in Green Bay."

RELATED LINKS

  • Ken Kennedy bio and story archive

    Tim Baines is the Ottawa Sun Sports Editor and writes a weekly wrestling column for Sun Media. He can be emailed at tim.baines@sunmedia.ca.