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Brian Kendrick Addresses Controversial Comments After Scrapped AEW Debut

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Brian Kendrick apologized for controversial comments he’d made in the past after his AEW debut against Jon Moxley was scrapped.

On February 1st, it was reported that Brian Kendrick had been granted his release from WWE after requesting to leave the company some time in December. Shortly after this report came to light, it was announced on AEW’s official Twitter account that Kendrick would be making a high profile AEW debut the next night on Dynamite, taking on former AEW Champion Jon Moxley.

However, a little over an hour before the show, AEW President Tony Khan took to social media to announce that the match had been cancelled in light of “abhorrent & offensive” comments made by Kendrick that had surfaced on social media after news of his impending debut broke. Kendrick was replaced in the match by Wheeler Yuta, who was accompanied at ringside by Orange Cassidy and the newly-debuted Danhausen.

“We’ve been made aware of abhorrent & offensive comments made in the past by Brian Kendrick. There’s no room in AEW for the views expressed by Brian. We think it’s best for all that Brian be pulled from tonight’s card as we gather more info. We’ll announce a replacement bout ASAP.”

The comments in question involve conspiracy theories involving the Illuminati, Jews and Zionists. He has also previously made comments regarding conspiracies surrounding 9/11, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as well as holding controversial views on the Holocaust.

During the AEW Dynamite show that was supposed to contain his debut, Brian Kendrick took to Twitter to apologize for the controversial comments he’d made in the past, stating that these were not his current views and were not things he’d ever believed.

“I apologize for all the hurt and embarassment I have caused with my words. These are not my beliefs and never were beliefs of mine, and I crossed the line.”

Following up with a second tweet, Kendrick called his comments “vile” and said that he will regret the pain his words caused for the rest of his life.

“I spread the most vile comments without thinking of the damage it would cause. I will live with this regret for the rest of my life. I am truly sorry for the pain I have caused.”

“The” Brian Kendrick last wrestled in WWE on the October 30th episode of 205 Live, teaming with Mansoor to defeat Ever-Rise. In mid-December he was featured on NXT 2.0 in an angle with Harland that saw the monster throw Kendrick down a flight of steps after attempts to calm down Harland’s destruction.

However, PWInsider noted that Kendrick had been waiting “at least six weeks” for his release and that he hadn’t been in attendance at any NXT tapings in Orlando recently.

Inside The Ropes will continue to update the story as it develops.