Brian Kendricks release
Right after Monday Night Raw this past week (he got embarrassed by Kofi Kingston you might recall) The Brian Kendrick was released from his WWE contract. At first I must admit I was surprised, I had a feeling it might have something to do with an attitude problem he’s carried since his tag team days with Paul London which isn’t far from the truth, but even so he seemed like he had a fairly bright future ahead of him as a singles competitor at one time. My initial assumption to him being released was basically because he had quite a sizeable push over on Smackdown before being relegated to the jobber division of Raw, and if that were the case I don’t blame him for being upset. At the same time as his drafting his bodyguard Ezekiel got drafter to ECW, which is more or less a decent move for anybody to begin making a name for themselves. It worked with Bobby Lashley and to a lesser degree Jack Swagger, although he’s working his way up the Raw roster so good luck to him. Anyway, seeing Big Zeke competing on ECW was a brilliant move, but that pretty much signalled the beginning of the end for poor Spanky on Raw. Sure, he’s got charisma, in-ring talent and the will to take a good bump or two every now and again, but in a land where Triple H rules over massive guys like The Big Show, John Cena, Mark Henry and so on little Kendrick never really stood a chance. Vince McMahon has always liked guys with a huge physique over those with wrestling talent, taking into account The Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan and John Cena. Those are all household names so it’s a tried and tested formula, so with rare exceptions like Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart to make it as a wrestler in the WWE you… need to have no wrestling talent whatsoever, and be built like a brick shithouse.
So, Kendrick never had a prayer on Raw, he didn’t have his badass bodyguard to complete his gimmick anymore and he had a bad attitude. Not to mention the main reason for his dismissal was due to a repeated drug testing failure. So while I was surprised by his released at first I’m certainly not now that the facts have become apparent, it seems to me like he condemned himself to an eventual release (which was likely, apparently there was talk of him being fired months ago but Pat Patterson convinced the head cheeses otherwise) and let himself go, ‘sticking it to the man’ with his marijuana habit, bad attitude and as it happened being less than interested in maintaining a high level of ring work.
I must admit the circumstances leading up to his firing were a little harsh, he got beaten easily by Jerry Lawler a couple of weeks ago and then by Kofi Kingston last week, then he was told he was being released for financial reasons. Understandably he was being a tool with his drug habit and whatnot, but blatantly lying to him served no real purpose. “Kendrick, you’ve been repeatedly warned and fined for your repeated drug use, bad attitude and shitty ring work, YOU’RE FIRED!!” with the in-character McMahon voice might have convinced him to change his ways and pave the way for the future return of the revitalised Brian Kendrick, but it doesn’t seem likely to happen now.
Shame really, because while I understand the circumstances surrounding his release I was a big fan of his character, he just needed to be 50lbs heavier.