WWE Executive Director Bruce Prichard has suggested that Mr Kennedy suffered from a “mental block” that prevented him from reaching his full potential with the company.
Things got off to a great start for Ken Anderson, aka Mr Kennedy in WWE. He signed with the company in 2005, before arriving on the main roster later that year. The SmackDown star enjoyed a winning streak through much of the year, winning the Money In The Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania 23 in 2007.
However, things soon began to unravel for the star as he lost the Money In The Bank briefcase to Edge, got suspended by the company for falling foul of the wellness policy and sustained a number of injuries. Kennedy eventually left the company in May 2009 under a cloud as a result of reported backstage issues.
During his time with WWE, Kennedy also gained the unfortunate honour of being Eddie Guerrero’s final opponent before he passed away on November 13th 2005.
Speaking on his Something to Wrestle podcast, available via AdFreeShows, Bruce Prichard looked back at Cyber Sunday 2006. During the conversation, Prichard also discussed Kennedy’s run with the company.
Prichard initially praised Kennedy before suggesting that he was “allergic to success,” and this prevented him from hitting the heights his talents deserved.
“I think, at this time (2006), everybody enjoyed working with Kennedy. You know, Ken, a hell of a talent, a hell of a worker, hell of a talker, very good in the ring. I’ve said it before; I think that, you know, Ken, in some ways, was just either allergic to success, just had that mental block when he reached that certain level to go beyond and be the megastar that I truly think he could have been”
Upon leaving WWE, Kennedy signed with TNA/IMPACT Wrestling in January 2010. Appearing as Mr Anderson, he won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship twice before leaving the company in 2016.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.