Friday, May 29, 2009

Mr. Kennedy Released

Well, I certainly wasn't expecting to read this tonight:

"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."

Shocking turn of events for Mr. Kennedy, who had major star potential from day one all the way to his last appearance where he claimed he was gunning for the WWE Title. He always seemed one moment away from being the next major superstar, but suspensions and injuries plagued him throughout his entire WWE career. Who knows where he would be right now if he could've stayed healthy following WrestleMania 23 when he won the Money in the Bank contract or if he hadn't been suspended before the illegitimate son of Vince McMahon angle was resolved. Never pleasant to see anyone lose their job, especially someone who had all the tools, but just couldn't find his footing.

As for reasons why he was released, let the speculation begin... which I'm sure is going to be even more amusing than what we saw Tuesday morning. Is this release injury related? I'm going to take the stance I always take on stories like this - I don't know. I stand by my statement from Tuesday that if it is injury related, WWE has every right to cut bait and invest in more "reliable" talent. I put reliable in quotes so as not to demean Kennedy's abilities or dedication, just to highlight the fact that he has been put on the shelf at inopportune moments on multiple occasions. I don't think it's a good decision to let him go, because he's a goldmine of untapped potential, but WWE is well within their right to do so.

Barring any major incident that would result in him being blackballed from WWE,
I don't think this is the last we've seen of Mr. Kennedy. WWE has always welcomed back released talent - Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Cryme Tyme, Charlie Haas, Goldust, Jamie Noble, The Brian Kendrick, William Regal, Gail Kim, R-Truth, and Umaga - so I wouldn't be surprised if Kennedy makes his return in the future. A lot of those guys wound up achieving most of their success in WWE after their release, so not all hope is lost for fans of Mr. Kennedy. It's a shame to see him go, but maybe it'll be a blessing in disguise for all parties involved; it's the least you can hope for in an unfortunate situation.


  1. Maybe TNA's lighter schedule would be easier on his body.

    You'd almost think that something sudden came up as they ran videos hyping his return for weeks and made him the mystery man in the main event just on Monday.

    It's strange, but he seems to have regressed since his debut. When he started out on SmackDown years ago I thought he had "it" and could be pretty big someday. The last couple of years I've lost interest totally, even during the short times he was healthy and around. His adversity to honesty turned me off of him as well.

  2. Well as I said, some time away from WWE has been a blessing in disguise for a lot of guys. Jeff Hardy being a prime example.

    I have a hard time believing it's just injury related considering how they've stuck with other guys who found themselves on the shelf often in their careers. Batista and Orton spring to mind, who both had a really hard time early on in their careers staying healthy.

    Maybe there's more to it, maybe there's not, but like I said, unless it's something major, he'll be back.

  3. You forget quite possibly the best example of time off being a blessing in disguise, Christian! I've loved him more now than ever since his TNA run.

    I'm sad to see Kennedy go, but hopefully he'll turn up again at some point down the road in either TNA or WWE. I remember reading an interview where the guy said he had such a passion for the business, wanting to be the next Stone Cold, so I really hope he doesn't leave for the "greener" pastures of acting. (lol@mocking my own career choice)

    Something I wanted to bring up Zero, is that you should think about reviewing TNA as well. I can understand if that show just doesn't interest you at all any more, but after this week's Impact I have some hopes for it once more. I wouldn't be surprised if TNA has one of their good few months that come every so often.

    And apart from the occasional pointless gimmick match or aborted booking of a match, some of the actual wrestling is still top notch.

    Plus the debut of Victoria and the return of Raven and "The Franchise" should be nothing but goodness, if only for a few episodes.

  4. Crap.

    Kennedy was one of my favorites. Here's hoping he's back, and soon.

  5. I left out Christian since he wasn't actually released, he left on his own accord.

    As for TNA, I don't currently watch it, but even if I did, it would be hard to review every week. I actually watch Ring of Honor and I still don't review them either. I need to get on the ball with it, there's just so much wrestling right now that it's hard enough keeping up with WWE.

  6. Orton got a million chances with both injury and behavior because of his family and huge potential. Batista was already really popular by the time he started getting hurt all the time if I remember correctly.

    Anyone know how many times Kennedy was suspended? Maybe he wiffed on his third strike?

  7. Pretty sure Kennedy was only suspended the one time, during the McMahon son angle.

  8. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  9. Completely unnecessary. There's not liking a guy, and then there's that kind of response. There are plenty of perfectly reasonable ways to express your opinion, but I'm pretty sure that was not one of them.