An update has come through after the scheduled Harland vs. Brian Kendrick encounter on NXT never aired.
NXT 2.0’s 28 December broadcast was due to feature the in-ring return of The Brian Kendrick, as the former Cruiserweight Champion was booked in a bout with the monstrous Harland. This followed on from the former Parker Boudreaux viciously assaulting Kendrick two weeks prior, leaving him in a neck brace as a result of being tossed down a flight of stairs.
Instead, Brian Kendrick no-showed, leaving Andre Chase to take a beating from Harland instead.
An update has now come through courtesy of Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, who says that Kendrick’s flight to the show was cancelled, owing to certain COVID protocols, though Kendrick himself is said to not have caught the virus himself:
The idea was to put over Harland strong, but the match never took place after the angle. It was a week where there was a big COVID outbreak in WWE. What we were told is that he didn’t have COVID, or at least that was the belief, but his flight into Florida to do the show was canceled because so many flights were canceled that week due to COVID, so it was COVID related and they just never bothered to reschedule it.
That WWE failed to reschedule the bout indicates that there was never any real plan for the duo, but rather the match would act as an easy win for Harland.
Kendrick has since been granted his release from WWE, though his immediate All Elite Wrestling debut vs. Jon Moxley would soon be scrapped once “abhorrent and offensive” comments and conspiracy theories he made in the past resurfaced, relating to 9/11, the Sandy Hook school shooting, and the Holocaust, amongst other topics.
Harland would seemingly address the Brian Kendrick controversy, tweeting out the video of him tossing Kendrick down a flight of stairs. Alongside Joe Gacy, he was recently eliminated from the 2022 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic by Malik Blade and Edris Enofe.