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    Posted: 09/November/2009 at 18:33
Quote Former WWE superstar Ken "Mr. Kennedy" Anderson recently spoke to Phil Strum of the PojoSlam blog and said he was unhappy in WWE for a long, long time before his eventual release. "After I got the initial shock and the punch in the stomach, it was like an elephant just stepped off my chest," Anderson said. I was pretty unhappy there for about three years.

"I thought that I could used a different way and I wasn't. That's OK. That was their business decision. They decided not to go that way. That's fine. That's on them. Now, I'm going to try to stick it (to them, expletive) basically and prove them wrong. Hopefully, someday they'll look back and say '(expletive), we could have had that guy.'"

When asked if he would ever return to World Wrestling Entertainment, Anderson said that it's highly unlikely and that things would have to change drastically for him to even consider it. "Things would have to drastically change and I don't think that's going to happen. My answer to that is no.

Anderson is getting into acting and is currently seeking movie roles, television roles, commercials, voiceover work. He's booked for the upcoming Hulkamania tour of Australia later this month. There's been talk of him going to TNA Wrestling at some point but at this point nothing seems imminent.

 
* He would have been used in a different way if he could be trusted not to make a fool of himself in the press.
 
* If he didn't spend so much time out injured creative would have been able to give him something really good to do.
 
* It's sad he's getting press coverage going over the same old things he does in every interview.
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If he hadn't been stupid enough to mess with Drugs he would have been involved with one of the biggest storyline in recent history. Instead they had to turn the biggest storyline into a joke. He only has his self to blame. I also believe that it isn't his choice whether he goes to TNA or back to WWE as it seems to me that no body wants him! I don't expect Hollywood to be knocking his door down either
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Blah, blah blah steroids, mistreated, I love my fans blah blah, just your typical Kennedy interview then. He obviously overrates himself very badly, as I think WWE did all they could to accomodate Kennedy in the main event, but every time Kennedy screwed it up and showed what a liability he is. TNA should steer clear, he isnt worth the hassle.
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Its funny how everybody who has been released by wwe all have a cry about how they were mistreated its your own fault you were released stop crying and get over it and try and get something else.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Steven Nyte Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/November/2009 at 02:46
He also basically barred himself from ever returning to WWE with that interview, because, if I were Vince McMahon, Kennedy  could´ve become the biggest star on the planet, I would not hire him back after he said  that he would never ever return. Well then go and stick your head up your own ass, Kenny....
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Originally posted by King Razor King Razor wrote:

If he hadn't been stupid enough to mess with Drugs he would have been involved with one of the biggest storyline in recent history. Instead they had to turn the biggest storyline into a joke. He only has his self to blame. I also believe that it isn't his choice whether he goes to TNA or back to WWE as it seems to me that no body wants him! I don't expect Hollywood to be knocking his door down either
 
I agree with what you said on both parts there Razor, as it seems nobody in TNA or even the WWE want him there and I highly doubt Hollywood wants him either. It seems to me Kennedy is just bitching in frustration because WWE released him, yes he was unhappy in WWE but alot of wrestlers even the vets like Shawn Michaels, at times were unhappy but they moved on and did what they could.
 
That storyline of him being McMahon's son, now that that was all set out for Ken only for him to fuck it up by getting busted for drugs, hell if he had stayed clean who knows, Ken Kennedy may very well be a WWE champion by now, hell the guy could be up there alongside Cena and Orton in revolutionising the Newer Generation Era (yeah I couldnt come up with anything lol), but ofcourse he went and fucked himself up.


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http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/wrestling/blog/2010/10/qa_with_mr_anderson_i.html


Talk about the differences in the creative process between WWE and TNA. It appears that the talent has more creative freedom in TNA. Is that accurate?
As for the 1st part, I agree I think TNA probably does have more freedom. However, the booking is so terrible alot of times it doesnt matter if the wrestler gets to do his own thing or put his own spin on it. Your still going into the match with the end result of being slammed through the fucking ring!

What are your thoughts on the stylistic changes in TNA’s creative direction, as far as Reaction concept and the documentary-style backstage segments?
I love Reaction too. For the exact reasons Anderon mentions in his reply. ReAction is the brightest point about TNA. The only thing is, because of having ReAction TNA should have a hell of alot more wrestling going on, knowing theres an hour after iMPACT! soley for match build, story telling, and talking.

You recently signed a contract extension with TNA. How many years is it for?
EEEE!!!!

Would you say that you had a bit of a chip on your shoulder when you first came to TNA? Did you feel like you wanted to prove something to WWE after the way things ended there?
Anderson proved to me and I think alot of people he had it, especially when he 1st came to TNA and had great matches with Kurt Angle and his main event match with Pope at Against All Odds.

So you’re still pursuing acting roles even though you’re no longer affiliated with WWE, where you had a role in one of their films?
Can I be honest and say that Anderson being on my TV and in movies is an amazing idea?

I don’t want to rehash old news too much, but when Randy Orton suffered a shoulder injury during a WWE pay-per-view several months back, you commented about it on Twitter and you didn’t exactly feel sorry for him, did you?
Never heard about that, honestly dont care.

You’ve said that you were surprised at how things went down with your release from WWE because you and Orton had been friends. Now that you’ve had a while to look back on it, do you have any idea why things deteriorated?
Again I agree with Anderson, I dont care. Moved on.

It’s been said that the travel schedule in TNA is easier than the one in WWE. With TNA doing more and more house shows, is that still the case?
I can see the gripe with WWE schedule. But with WWE its more about their pop culture presents and being "the good guys" with what ever they do, I mean dont get me wrong WWE does a lot of good, its just they are killing their workers by doing it. 

We all know pro wrestling isn’t a true competition in the ring and titles aren’t really won and lost in that sense, but what would it mean to you to become a world champion Sunday, which is something that you haven’t done yet in your career?
This is old so its nothing that happened. Ehh...

One of the guys you’re working with at Bound for Glory is Kurt Angle. What is it like being in the ring with someone as intense and driven as he is? Is it more pressure to perform at a certain level, or is it easier because he’s just so good?
Completely see where Anderson is coming from with Angle and Taker. However, sorry to say his three way with Angle and Hardy is far from match of the year and didnt make match of the night.
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http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/wrestling/blog/2010/10/qa_with_mr_anderson_i.html

 

Even with all of these questions Mr. Anderson seems to keep his cool because I thought he would've blasted Orton. I know I would've blasted him with every chance I got ... lol ... Anderson does have a point because in TNA you seem to have more freedom to do things rather than WWE where everything is scripted down the line. Mr. Anderson made a rather bold comment when he said he'd like to finish his career in TNA.

 

I didn't realize even when your injured in the WWE you still have to travel a lot what a bummer. No wonder superstars have so much stress built in there system. Mr. Anderson makes a great point when you have less pressure on you in a wrestling match & your not the focal point. It's like being the main guy on a sports roster like a Dwight Howard or Tom Brady where you have to rally yourself to help everyone else out.

 

I do wonder who's the guy that had those injuries ?


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Here's a really good indepth interview with one Ken Anderson
 
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The-Void.co.uk caught up with the TNA Star Mr. Anderson for an exclusive interview as Ken Anderson discussed his character, Jeff Hardy, politics in wrestling and WWE:

Where would you like your character to go?
It’s hard to say. I take things day by day. As I change as an individual, my character changes. As far as I’m concerned, I’m tired of hearing myself say my name. I’ve been tired of hearing myself say my name for a long time, but y’know, it’s something I’ve gotta do until it’s appropriate to stop doing it I guess. It works for now though, so I’ll keep doing it.

Who’s your favourite guy to work with at the moment?
There’s a bunch, actually. There are many guys I enjoy working with. I like working with Bully, I like working with AJ, I like working with Jeff Jarrett and Jeff Hardy. Everybody has a different style about them, so it’s nice to go in there and change things up and challenge yourself to meet their expectations and work their particular style.

There are guys that I don’t consider myself to have good chemistry with that I would like to improve upon.

Who don’t you feel you have chemistry with at the moment?
Ahhhh… well I’d rather not point them out because then everybody would say ‘Oh my God, I can see what he’s talking about!’ (laughs). Y’know whenever I’d go to a wrestling camp, the trainer would ask ‘Who’s your favourite wrestler?’ and a lot of people would say ‘The Ultimate Warrior!’ And I never realised how challenging it was for a lot of people to work with him until it was pointed out to me. I mean, it’s not like we get in there and shit the bed, but things don’t go as smoothly as I would like them to.

I guess, I have a harder time working with people who are bigger, because I’m at that size where I’m not a high flier, but I’m not a ‘big guy’ – a power guy – either. So I have a hard time figuring out ways of grounding guys that are bigger than me and making it believable.

Is there anyone from the past who you really didn’t like working with? When you found out you had a match with them, you just rolled your eyes?
(Takes a deep breath) Um… no, there really hasn’t been anybody like that where I think ‘Oh my God, I really don’t wanna work with this guy’. I always think that it’s a challenge. Even when it’s someone I don’t care to work with, I think ‘Okay, let’s make this the best match it possibly can be’.

There are some people who don’t look at it that way though, aren’t there? If someone comes up that they don’t like, they make it their business not to work with them.
And they’ll bury them behind the scenes… I’ve never been one to get involved in that kind of stuff. Everyone’s different and for some reason, in this business, if someone isn’t a good wrestler, people think they’re a bad person, and I think that’s ridiculous. Everyone has their own style and brings their own unique skills to the table and it’s about figuring out what those skills are and how to magnify positives and then mask their negatives. That, to me, is part of being a good performer and a good worker.

You mentioned previously that one of your favourite people to work with is Jeff Hardy. After his various issues and especially what happened at Victory Road in 2011, are some people reluctant to work with him?
As far as I go, no. I don’t have any reluctance. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I haven’t heard from anyone else. The thing, we all love Jeff and care about him, and he did what he did, but you know those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones and we all live in glass houses. It just so happens that for most of us, our problems are well hidden, and his were displayed publicly therefore he gets all the heat for it. Jeff really has changed for the better though, and he’s really focused. I hate that people are so quick to pass judgement on him, he’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

What was the reaction in the locker room to what happened at Victory Road?
Shock. Everyone was shocked. Some people were saddened by it, others were mad, there were some others who were probably happy that a top guy screwed up because it might open up his spot. I just looked at it like, he screwed up, everyone screws up. He paid what he needed to pay, took the steps he needed to make, and now he’s back and doing well.

I’m encountering more and more people who are moving away from Raw and choosing to only watch Impact. Is there a feeling within TNA that things are changing?
Over there (WWE), you get a few guys who are determining exactly how their performers are going to perform and every aspect of their performance. Here you have people who allow us to perform and put our own spin on things. It’s hard for pro-wrestlers who are generally not the greatest actors in the world to play a character they are not comfortable playing. Whereas if you let them just be themselves, which is what acting really is – if you watch any great actor, they’re really just being themselves; Jack Nicholson is being himself, Brad Pitt is being himself, Vince Vaughn is definitely being himself – and that’s when you get good performances.

It’s often said that the most successful people in the business are guys whose characters are just versions of themselves.
That’s right, and it’s something I learned early on in the business when I listened to an interview with Steve Austin where he said ‘I’m just me with the volume turned up’.

Do you still watch WWE?
Very, very rarely. I try but… I’m a Fox News junkie and every once in a while I’ll try to switch to MSNBC or CNBC or CNN, and I watch for a couple of minutes but I can’t do it and turn back. I feel the same way about WWE.

So you haven’t seen any of the CM Punk stuff?
That I have seen, and there’s a case of letting a guy be himself and do his own thing, and he either sinks or swims of his own accord. I’m an old-school guy; if someone has an idea let them try it – if it works, great; if it doesn’t work, then you take them off TV. But you know, at that level, everyone’s good enough that they’re not going to go out there and just be awful. But you’re not really allowed to do that at WWE.

Over there, you have somebody literally sitting there telling you ‘Okay, you’re going to lock up with this guy, then you’re going to back him into the corner, you’re going to throw a punch, he’s gonna duck it, he’s gonna light you up and send you off, you reverse him but he’ll ditch you with a hip toss…’. Here it’s like, ‘Here you go guys, now go put your match together’, and then they will enhance it or add to it or say ‘Maybe you should do this instead?’ And that’s the difference and it’s very beneficial to the performer to work in an environment like that.

At TNA everyone is treated like an adult. You’re not an idiot, and you can think for yourself. At WWE, only certain guys are treated like that. Punk is one of them, Truth is another guy who seems to only be given bullet points as far as his promos go, and in my opinion, those guys are doing tremendous work.

You can tell when the other guys are reading it off a script, because they’re not actors. They’re trying to play actors and what’s on that paper is not necessarily what’s in their heart, and it comes across as hokey, phony, pre-planned BS.

Do you class John Cena under that category?
I’m not a huge fan.

Why not?
Besides some personal burials that have taken place… I’m just not a huge fan.

It sounds like the backstage politics are tough to negotiate.
It’s insane. If you do something wrong, no one will tell you you did something wrong. They’ll smile to your face and say everything’s fine, but… I’m an adult, if I did something wrong, come to me and tell me I did something wrong or am doing something wrong and I will work to change that, but I’m not a mind reader! But over there, it’s just a huge game and you’re constantly being mind-fucked.

The public perception is that you’ve been subjected to that more than most.
That’s because I put myself out there, publicly. I’m one of the only guys who said something publicly because most guys are worried about their spot or worried that, if they say something, they’re gonna get heat, and I really don’t give a fuck.
I just speak my mind and do my job. I guess if I didn’t feel confident in my abilities as a performer I’d shut my mouth. But I’m confident that I can say what I want and still go out there and perform better than somebody else.

One of the things that the fans believe you had to go through is Randy Orton being responsible for you leaving WWE.
(Sighs) I’ve never said that, I don’t know where it started, it’s the telephone game at its finest. He definitely was the final straw, but by no means did I say he was the reason for me getting fired. I’ve said it time and time again, I was to blame for me being fired. I made the mistakes, I did the things I shouldn’t have done, I said things I shouldn’t have said. And that’s it.
I was injured a few times at the hands of others and rather than come back and bury those individuals and point fingers and say ‘He hurt me in a match,’ I just came back and said ‘You know what? This is wrestling, it’s not ballet, I got hurt. Period’. Meanwhile, when I was off rehabbing, people were saying I’m injury-prone.
If I take a sledgehammer to your knee, that doesn’t make you injury-prone. If I smash you in the face with a baseball bat, that doesn’t make you injury-prone. I just happened to be in a couple of situations like that, and wasn’t around to defend myself when those burials were taking place. And then – on top of that – I said the things that I said and I did the things that I did, and the final straw was when I supposedly dropped Randy on his head, and I think at that point Vince just said ‘I’ve had enough of it’.
There were certain guys, and there were three or four of them, that were lobbying for a long time [to get rid of me] and he finally gave into it and said enough’s enough.

But it all worked out for the best. It seems that your character and your work in the ring have both progressed massively.
It really has worked out for the best. As far as my work in the ring goes, I’ve always tried to look at things like what would happen in a real fight. In a real fight, if you get punched in the face, you don’t take a perfectly flat back bump. Wrestling purists don’t like it and say I’m not polished, but I’m intentionally unpolished.

I can go out there and be a ballerina but I choose not to. If everyone wrestled the same way, it would be boring and it would suck.

You can read the full interview at the following link: The-Void.co.uk - Interview: TNA Wrestler Ken Anderson
 
I never seen anyone point out or complain about how Anderson lands when he takes a bump.
 
Suprised that the interviewer never brought up the chair shot that split Anderson's skull wide open in 2010 especially considering that Hardy is talked about alot in the interview though I havent clicked on the link for the full interview yet.
 
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Quote But it all worked out for the best. It seems that your character and your work in the ring have both progressed massively.



Uh.....yeah.

He's gone from saying his name twice, to saying his name twice.

What a fucktarded TNA mark interviewer.
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