At one time, Mr. Kennedy was primed to become a main event force in the WWE.
Now performing as Ken Anderson on the independent circuit and 40-years-old, it is fair to say things didn't quite work out for the charismatic star.
After debuting in the WWE in 2005, Anderson won the Money in the Bank briefcase, won the United States title and was incredibly over with the fans due to his unique entrance.
However, the bleached blonde superstar would depart the company in 2009 after a combination Randy Orton and John Cena, he claims, lobbied for him to get fired.
Failing WWE's Wellness Policy, multiple injuries and botching a few moves on his peers certainly led to his early demise from the company and his release still goes down as a great shame, especially considering what the company had in store for him.
Winning the Money in the Bank match in 2007 was a pretty big sign that the company was fully invested in him (look away now Damien Sandow) and at that point, no man had held the briefcase and not become a world champion.
In the same year, Anderson was slated to be involved in a major storyline where he would be revealed as Mr. McMahon's illegitimate son and receive a major push. Speaking to Wrestling Inc. founder and president Raj Giri, Anderson revealed how they told him the long-running storyline was his.
"I was told [about the angle]. I had conversations with Stephanie and Vince and it was kind of like a big deal. I remember the night that Vince blew himself up in the limousine, Stephanie said, 'hey, I want to tell you something - we've got something really big for you, but I want Vince to tell you himself.' She was pretty excited about it. And then, so we did the buildup for the next few weeks or whatever. And then, I got in trouble and all that went away."
Eventually, the WWE made Hornswoggle McMahon's unexpected offspring and the angle was nothing more than some comedic relief. Oh what could have been.
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