Speaking in a new WWE Performance Center video, Brian Kendrick has opened up about his recent move into a producer role with WWE and life outside of the ring.
Kendrick explained that while he initially just thought of being a producer as a good retirement plan, he’s come to love and enjoy the role.
“Initially, the idea of producing seemed like it was just a good retirement plan and the next best thing to wrestling. It turns out, it’s just as rewarding in different ways. I love every bit of it and it’s a whole new way of looking at wrestling for him. I welcome the challenge and if I get to produce four matches and wrestle twice in one night, I would do it,”
The former WWE Cruiserweight Champion went on to express his excitement at landing the job, revealing detailing how he didn’t think he would enjoy it as much as he does.
“To get this opportunity to help train a little bit and do some producing, it was something I figured I would fall back on when my days were done wrestling if I was lucky enough to get that opportunity. I figured it’d be the next best thing besides wrestling. I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy it, to work with these young ladies and men and see them go out there, pour their heart and soul, use their athletic ability. I get to participate without taking any of the bumps, which is really nice. To see them go out there and do a good job and come back and be excited about what they did, I get to live vicariously through them. It’s got me excited about hopefully doing this long-term.”
While there has been no official retirement announcement, Kendrick hasn’t appeared in the ring since
teaming with Mansoor to take on Ever-Rise back in October.
Throughout his career Kendrick enjoyed numerous stints with WWE, while ‘Spanky’ also found success in ROH, IMPACT (Then TNA) and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
While he had never been a producer, this isn’t Kenrick’s first backstage role with WWE. In 2014 Brian Kendrick initially re-joined the company as a trainer, working with the likes of Eva Marie.
This would eventually lead to his participation in the Cruiserweight Classic in 2016.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.