The former superstar could have had a huge future in the WWE, he was chosen to star in a movie for them and was also on the verge of becoming a World Champion when he was Mr. Money in the Bank.
At the stage, nobody had failed to cash-in the briefcase, so it was safe to assume that when he was given the nod, he’d have cashed-in and reached the top of the business. Instead, the WWE had Edge defeat him for the briefcase.
He did have all the tools to succeed, but as we know, it all came crashing down when his push came to a sudden halt, he was released and was forced to drop the ‘Kennedy’ name when he moved to TNA.
The biggest rumour that came from his surprising release was that it was Randy Orton who went to WWE management and complained that Kennedy was a ‘stiff’ and dangerous worker in the ring, and had even dropped him on his neck.
However, in a recent interview with WrestlingInc.com, he’s revealed that he believes John Cena also had a hand in him being released, suggesting he told Orton to go to management.
He said: “Randy and I were super tight. We rode together for two years, and our wives would go get their nails done together and stuff like that, when they’d come on the road and stuff. Our wives, his ex-wife and my ex-wife, talk to each other to this day.
“So, no, I’m not into conspiracy theories, but I think that was kind of a s**t job, just the way it all went down, the way that day played out. I was accused of dropping [Orton] on his head. You can watch that video in slow motion, high definition, and you can see that his neck never even comes into contact with the [canvas].
“He lands as flat as flat can be, and I called him the next day and said, ‘hey, dude, I watched the tape, and you didn’t land on your neck, man.’ And he was like, ‘well, umm, okay.’
“And then he called me a little later and said that he had done to the truck and watch the tape with [then-WWE Talent Relations head] Johnny [Laurinaitis], which I don’t know why you’d do that. He said he went out to the truck, watched the tape, and he said, ‘from that angle, you can’t see, but there is a different angle, and you can see that I landed really high on my traps.’
“And I was like, ‘well, that’s not your neck,’ and also, you can actually see the shadow of his neck on the canvas if you slow it down. So anyway, here’s the thing, he went to Vince and said something, that I was dangerous to work with.
“And I think Cena had a hand in that too. Like, Cena helped out, and he said, ‘hey, we need to go to Vince.’ I didn’t get along with him too well.”
Obviously, guys like Cena and Orton are now respected veterans in the locker room which is perhaps now full of younger stars.
They probably did, and still do have an influence on what happens behind the scenes, but it seems like an overreaction if they did indeed to go to Vince to get Mr. Kennedy released from his contract.
Changing his feuds and plans would have sufficed, but it doesn’t exactly improve the image guys like Orton and Cena already have backstage.
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