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 Mr. Kennedy's WWE Firing - John Cena & Randy Orton Responsible?

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PostSubject: Mr. Kennedy's WWE Firing - John Cena & Randy Orton Responsible?   Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:06 pm

During a recent interview, Ken Anderson (formerly WWE star Mr. Kennedy) blamed John Cena and Randy Orton for getting him fired and implied they were using political clout to bury other wrestlers reports The Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Just to clarify since his release went down months ago, John Cena did indeed go to WWE management and said that Ken was unsafe and terrible to work with. Cena wasn't the only one who did this. It was widely reported around the time of Kennedy's release that Randy Orton, who sources claim didn't try to get him fired, went off on him backstage over a back suplex during Kennedy's first match back on Raw over Orton's previously injured collarbone. In the interview, Kennedy tried to blow off that claim saying Orton jumped too hard. The only problem with that is those in WWE didn't feel Kennedy did a great job of putting Orton back down safely, which was his job.

The reaction among many in the media and even in some wrestling circles to Kennedy's claim that Cena, Orton and others were using "political clout" to get him fired is that there really wasn't another example of so many guys in a company like WWE (both top guys and mid-level guys) going to management to complain about a wrestler. One example is Rob Van Dam, who used to get pegged as being dangerous to work with from guys like Shawn Michaels, Triple H and The Undertaker. However, they never got together to try and get him fired. According to at least one strong WWE source, the heat on Kennedy dates back as early as October 2005 when he was first called up to the main roster.

In October 2005, Kennedy worked a tag match teaming with Randy Orton and Bob Orton against Eddie Guerrero and Batista. At one point during the match, Kennedy was supposed to boot Guerrero in the gut. Instead, Kennedy kicked him full on in the jaw and Guerrero was described as being outraged about it to WWE agents after the match. Another incident involved Finlay where Kennedy punted him and Finlay ended up giving him a receipt in the ring. There was another incident also with Matt Hardy where the source described Kennedy as "nearly decapitating" Matt with some spot on the ropes. Vince McMahon, who was watching on his headset, threw them on the ground and started ranting on what he just saw.

Probably one incident that stood out the most was during a Kennedy & Umaga vs. DX tag match where Kennedy screwed something up badly during the match. As a result, Michaels and Triple H pulled him aside in the Gorilla position after the match and had a very long talk with him. After that incident took place, Triple H was overheard throwing in little jabs or jokes about Kennedy when his name was brought up at meetings.

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PostSubject: Re: Mr. Kennedy's WWE Firing - John Cena & Randy Orton Responsible?   Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:33 pm

Can you get the full interview where this came from? Months later, I found it more interesting now that Kennedy named people who he thought are responsible for his release. It seems weird to me, because he only starts to talk like this now and not when he was shockingly released.
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PostSubject: Re: Mr. Kennedy's WWE Firing - John Cena & Randy Orton Responsible?   Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:47 pm

I think if you scroll down this section, you'll find the interview somewhere. I think it's TNALDF himself who started the thread with Kennedy's interview.

I'm kinda surprised to see that John Cena's one of the guys who got Kennedy fired. Cena always seemed to me like one of the nice guys backstage who'd never try to bury anybody backstage, regardless. Which makes me believe that if he indeed went to Vince about Kennedy, that it was an accumulation of things that led to Kennedy's release.

I knew about RVD getting complaints about working stiff but I didn't know Taker was on the list. But wrestlingattitude is right that never anybody ban together to get rid of RVD, despite the complaints he received. So, to me, I don't want to defend Cena and Orton's actions but my guess is that if all the heat on Kennedy goes all the way back to his early days on the main roster, he deserved it...
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PostSubject: Re: Mr. Kennedy's WWE Firing - John Cena & Randy Orton Responsible?   Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:39 pm

Well it was on the website that I found it.

But if I findout more information, I will be glad to put it up for you.
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PostSubject: Re: Mr. Kennedy's WWE Firing - John Cena & Randy Orton Responsible?   Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:57 pm

I agree that it's surprising that Cena was one of the people that went to management about Kennedy.. but, if he wasn't working to the standard required, and injuring people regularly, then I don't blame him. I was, and still am, a big fan of Kennedy's, but I do understand that the other wrestler's have to do what's best for themselves and the business, and obviously getting injured by another wrestler is not it.
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PostSubject: Re: Mr. Kennedy's WWE Firing - John Cena & Randy Orton Responsible?   Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:34 pm

You can see how Cena and Orton could be unsure of working with a guy that they feel could hurt them, since both have had a couple of serious injuries. Hell, Cena was hurt in a match with Kennedy. I know that Kennedy didn't have anything to do with it, it just happened, but I can see how he would be concerned.
I enjoyed Kennedy and I hope to see him in wrestling again soon and maybe even the WWE again one day.
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