The run of Mr. Kennedy, later known as Mr. Anderson in TNA and now going by Ken Anderson, in WWE might have slipped the minds of some fans. There was a time where Kennedy looked like he was about to be the next big thing in the company. At WrestleMania 23 Kennedy won the Money In The Bank contract. That normally leads to a World Title reign but unfortunately he lost the contract to Edge before he had a chance to cash it in.
Things went from bad to worse for Anderson after losing the contract. It wasn’t long after that he was suspended with a number of other Superstars under WWE’s wellness policy. After that he slowly descended down the card until his eventual departure from WWE in May of 2009 when he was released.
Judging by what Anderson revealed during a recent appearance on The Steve Austin Show there were a few mitigating factors that related to his fall in popularity in WWE. Ken told Steve that he wanted to bring a unique style to the ring, something more similar to what you would see in UFC. “If you watch UFC, nobody ever takes a crisp flatback bump. Guys fall into the ropes sometimes. You get punched and you land on your ass,” Ken explained. He wanted to bring more of that to WWE and someone of note liked the idea.
That someone was The Undertaker. Apparently The Deadman took Anderson to the side and told him to keep doing what he was doing as it was different and set him apart. Following a move from SmackDown to Raw, Taker also warned him that some people wouldn’t like his style, and that they would assume he was being difficult. Sadly Ken didn’t take that warning to heart and he believes his continued used of that style caused him to ruffle some of the wrong feathers back stage.
You hear all sorts of things about the goings on behind the scenes in WWE and what can rub the wrong people the wrong way. The man formerly known as Mr. Kennedy trying to wrestle a style that seems more real certainly sounds like something that many wouldn’t be fans of, especially those he was in the ring with. It’s a real shame that it sounds like his desire to do this contributed to his departure, especially with backing from someone as notable as The Undertaker.
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