Mr Kennedy has discussed the biggest regrets from his wrestling career, citing a crucial WrestleMania 23 promo as his most notable.
Before his release in May 2009, Mr Kennedy was on his way to becoming one of the top WWE Superstars of the era. WWE officials were clearly high on his abilities but sadly, backstage politics from Randy Orton led to the self-proclaimed ‘A**hole’ being ousted from the company.
He was, however, crowned the third Money in the Bank winner in 2007. Kennedy ultimately dropped the briefcase to Edge, but it stands up as one of the greatest moments of Mr Kennedy’s lengthy career. Despite this, the night wasn’t all that great for the man himself.
Speaking with Chris Van Vliet, the now-Mr Anderson recalled how a promo that night could have been his Austin 3:16 moment:
“And one of my biggest regrets was WrestleMania 23. After I won that Money in the Bank briefcase, Michael Hayes came up to me, he goes, ‘They want you to cut a promo afterwards. And they want it to be an Austin 3:16 moment.’ And I was like, ‘I’m gonna say it.’ And I’m gonna hit the line. ‘Nice guys [finish last]. Thank God I am an a**hole.’ And l walk off.
And I remember, right, I better just ask [permission], and so I asked permission. And of course, at the time, there was no swearing, no cursing, but it was WrestleMania, I thought I could get away with it. And I would have gotten away with it too. But I asked permission and they said no. And so you know, it’s the worst thing like, if you ask for permission, but they said no, you can’t do it.”
Mr Kennedy ended up spending another two years with WWE after this monumental victory, though a good portion of this was spent either on the injured shelf with a dislocated shoulder or suspended after violating WWE’s Wellness Policy. He wrestled his last match on Raw’s 25 May 2009 broadcast, being cut from WWE just four days later.
Wrestling as Mr Anderson in his post-WWE career, the Green Bay, Wisconsin athlete spent several years working for IMPACT Wrestling, joining both Immortal and Aces & Eights, while securing two reigns as the World Champion.
In the same interview with Chris Van Vliet, Mr Kennedy detailed how there were once plans for him to be known as Adam Hole, allowing to WWE to call him an ‘A-hole’ in the PG Era.
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