Brian Kendrick hit the headlines in February 2022 when his scheduled AEW debut was unexpectedly scrapped.
The star was meant to face Jon Moxley on the February 2nd edition of Dynamite in his first match since being granted his release from WWE in the weeks beforehand. However, an hour before showtime, Tony Khan took to social media to explain the match had been called off in light of “abhorrent and offensive” comments made by Kendrick a decade ago.
At the time Kendrick discussed a number of 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.
In recent weeks, it has emerged that Kendrick had been working with Bad Bunny ahead of his San Juan Street Fight against Damian Priest at Backlash.
Brian Kendrick explains why WWE brought him back
During an appearance on the Hitting The Turnbuckle podcast, Kendrick spoke about his role, saying he thinks he was brought in because he had previously worked with Bunny and Priest on their tag match at WrestleMania 37.
“It was for the Bad Bunny and Damian Priest match. The company brought me in, but it was because a few years back when they had their tag match, I worked with them. I think because of the comfort level we had built with Bunny and I, they requested me to come back for that.”
Another successful celebrity-turned-wrestler is Logan Paul, who has recently signed a multi-year deal with WWE. Kendrick believes Bad Bunny and Paul are similar in that they are “very motivated”.
“Yeah, I haven’t met Logan but I think both of them are very motivated. They want to be good at this. I know Bunny put in a lot of training, he was training for months. I thought the match was awesome.”
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.