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WWE releases Mr. Kennedy ... Kennedy
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling


Ken Kennedy at the THQ Superstar Challenge during WrestleMania 23 weekend at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. Photo by Matt Mackinder

In May 2008, Mr. Kennedy told SLAM! Wrestling, "I haven't become world champion, I haven't main evented WrestleMania -- those are things that I set out to do and I'd like to accomplish those things before I retire out of this business." Following his release today from WWE, it is looking very unlikely that Ken Kennedy will ever achieve that goal.

In a terse state on its website, WWE.com, the company posted a notice of the termination:

"World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of Raw Superstar Mr. Kennedy (Ken Kennedy) as of today, May 29, 2009. WWE wishes Ken the best in all future endeavors."

Speculation will no doubt begin in earnest about a possible violation of the company's substance abuse policy, since Kennedy (real name Ken Anderson) had been suspended before for violating the company's drug policy.

However, it is more likely that injury woes contributed to the decision.

If ever there was a wrestler who was snake-bit, it would be Mr. Kennedy.

Just this past Monday at Raw, he made a dramatic return to action, interrupting the champion Randy Orton and getting a position in the 10-man main event. But he injured his wrist in that match.

Previous injuries include a lat tear in December 2005; a believed torn triceps tendon which was, in fact, a massive hematoma in May 2007, and, most recently, a dislocated shoulder in August 2008.

In a May 2008 interview with the The Main Event Wrestling Radio Show, Kennedy addresses his many injuries. "Well as far as the injuries and stuff go, hey this is wrestling and what we do isnít ballet, I mean things are gonna happen and I got injured and I'm sure that won't been the last injury ill have; what we do is very physical and very violent on the body, and you're going to get injured, period. And so I had to look at it that way, and every time I got injured I just go into it with the good understanding that, hey, you know stuff happens and I'm going to try to use the time off to get better mentally."

In the May 2008 conversation with SLAM! Wrestling, Kennedy was asked about a possible DVD of his career.

I don't necessarily know that I've been through enough stuff for WWE to have a DVD. I've been in the business now for 10 years, and I've got tons and tons of stories and footage and stuff like that, that would make for a good entertaining DVD if they were willing to go back that far," he said. "But as being in the WWE, I've had some pitfalls, and I've taken some time off. I've had a couple of injuries that I ended up having to take some time off. I was gone for a couple of months for this movie. Things have been kind of up and down. Maybe that would make for a good story, actually. But I think it will be maybe a couple more years before I think something like that would come out. And I would definitely like to see it happen because I definitely have an interesting story to tell, I think."

Kennedy's "interesting story" just got a little more complex.

RELATED LINKS

  • Ken Kennedy bio and story archive