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NXT Superstar Harland Seemingly Reacts To Brian Kendrick Controversy

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NXT 2.0 star Harland has seemingly taken aim at Brian Kendrick after a number controversial comments from the former WWE Superstar came to light.

On February 1st it was reported that Brian Kendrick was no longer with WWE and was free to wrestle and work elsewhere. The former Cruiserweight Champion had asked for his release a number of weeks previously, allowing him to join another company straight away.

Following the news, AEW announced that Kendrick would be appearing on Dynamite on February 2nd where he would be wrestling Jon Moxley.

However, in the lead-up to the show, a number of controversial comments made by Kendrick in 2011 and 2013 came to light. These included conspiracy theories around the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, 9/11 and Zionists as well as controversial views around Jews and the Holocaust.

As the comments began to circulate, AEW President Tony Khan took to social media to condemned the views as “abhorrent and offensive.” In doing so, he announced that Kendrick’s planned appearance on Dynamite
had been scrapped.

Seemingly in reaction to the news, NXT star Harland posted a clip from NXT 2.0 of him throwing Kendrick down a flight of stairs. In December Harland had been involved in an angle with Kendrick which was originally meant to culminate in a match, although the bout never took place.

After his planned appearance on Dynamite was cancelled, Kendrick issued an apology on social media.

“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.”

“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.”

On Dynamite, Kendrick was replaced by Wheeler Yuta, who was defeated by Jon Moxley. After the match, Moxley was confronted by Bryan Danielson, who proposed that the pair team up to take over AEW.