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WWE: 15 Potential Mr. Kennedy Feuds Had He Not Been Released

Graham GSM MatthewsFeatured Columnist IVDecember 28, 2016

WWE: 15 Potential Mr. Kennedy Feuds Had He Not Been Released

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    On May 29, 2009, came the day that I, among many other members of the IWC, were shocked to the core. On this dreadful day came the release of former WWE Superstar Mr. Ken Kennedy/Anderson.

    He only returned to World Wrestling Entertainment four days prior, winning a huge 10-Man tag team match that signaled a preview of what was the come of the push of Mr. Kennedy. Many thought he was on his way of finally winning the WWE Championship for the first time in his career.

    However, due to a supposable wrist injury he never had and some input from then-WWE Champion Randy Orton, Mr. Kennedy was shockingly released from the company. His dismissal certainly worked out for the best for him as he recently won the TNA Heavyweight Championship a few months ago.

    But thinking back two years ago reminds me of the many Mr. Kennedy feuds that never were. With the youth movement in full effect by the time of his return to RAW in 2009 left the door open for numerous feuds that had the potential to make real money.

    Were these following feuds worth it to keep Kennedy in the company? You be the judge.

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15. Umaga

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    Now this feud is ranked at #15 due to Umaga being released right around the same time as Kennedy, so it was never possible to make it happen anyway in 2009.

    However, this feud began to unfold on SmackDown in 2008 where both men were recently drafted at the time. Umaga's attack on Kennedy is attached in the video.

14. Shelton Benjamin

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    I was originally going to put a Kennedy vs. Truth feud here, but this rivalry would have been a lot more interesting. Similar to the previous slide, this feud was booked to happen right before Kennedy's injury.

    Kennedy pinned the United States Champion Shelton Benjamin in a great match to earn himself a future championship shot. Unfortunately, Kennedy's prone to injuries caused this feud to never come to fruition.

13. Jack Swagger

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    Nearly a month after Kennedy's release, Jack Swagger was traded to RAW. This feud doesn't sound the most intriguing, but it would of made a good match over the United States Championship.

12. Evan Bourne

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    Much like Jack Swagger, Evan Bourne was traded to RAW in June 2009. This feud/match also would of made for a good match over RAW's secondary title, the United States Championship.

11. John Morrison

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    Both of these men have/had tremendous ability to make it the top of WWE, and this would make a decent feud over any title.

    Morrison is not as terrific as Kennedy is on the mic, but both Superstars can get it done in the ring. However, it wouldn't of happened until 2010 due to brand switches.

10. Kofi Kingston

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    This is a match I would of loved to see. Right around Kennedy's return to RAW, Kofi Kingston won the United States Championship.

    Kingston and Kennedy both use similar wrestling styles, and would have really showcased us an excellent match,

9. Matt Hardy

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    Now as we enter the Top 10, these are the matches that really would of put on a good rivalry. Kennedy vs. Hardy would have been nothing short of excellence.

    These two had a brief feud on SmackDown in 2006 where Hardy gave Kennedy his first loss, but it was nothing special. Three years later, both were drafted to RAW and were slated for big pushes.

    I personally loved Matt Hardy as a heel and could of made this a very interesting feud. However, Kenendy's release and Hardy's injury got in the way.

    Nonetheless, it's still possible as they are both now in TNA Wrestling. Ironically, they had a match a few weeks ago on Impact!

8. MVP

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    Seeds for this rivalry were planted started in late 2006, where they were both allies and enemies in their feuds with Kane and Undertaker. They were both heel at the time, so a feud wasn't in the works at the time.

    In 2008, these two began a feud that I was looking forward to on SmackDown after the draft. They have chemistry, and would of made good matches on the Friday Night Brand.

    When Kennedy did promos when he returned in November 2008, they were done with MVP. However, MVP turned face and both were drafted to RAW months later. 

7. the Miz

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    Rewind to the post-draft 2009, and Mr. Kennedy and current WWE Champion The Miz were sent packing to the RAW brand. The Miz was fresh off his brake-up with John Morrison and wasn't expected to be as big as he is now.

    Both have/had the potential to become WWE Champion, hence why this would be a feud elevated above the U.S. Championship. Their mic skills would make this a rivalry worth watching.

    Interestingly enough, both were WWE Champion and TNA Heavyweight Champion respectively at the same time a few weeks ago. 

6. Triple H

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I do not recall these two feuding during the period between 2007 and 2008. Kennedy was a heel during this time, but feuded with Jeff Hardy and Shawn Michaels instead during the fall of 2007.

    Their in-ring skills do not have much chemistry, but it still would have been a fun feud while it lasted. I would have rather seen this match at SummerSlam 2008 for the WWE Championship rather than Triple H vs. The Great Khali. 

5. Rey Mysterio

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    Once again, I may be wrong on this one, but from my memory Rey Mysterio and Mr. Kennedy have never had a real feud. They were both present on the SmackDown brand from 2005 to 2007, so I'm surprised it didn't.

    Rey Mysterio has (sometimes) been successful in putting over younger talent over the years including MVP, CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio, and most irecently Cody Rhodes. This would have been a good feud over the United States Championship in late 2006 if Mysterio had not been injured. 

4. John Cena

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    These two met multiple times following Kennedy's draft to RAW in 2007 and into 2008, but never really had a chance to compete against one another on pay-per-view. From my opinion, this feud would be much like the Cena-Miz feud we're witnessing now, but much better.

    A rivalry like this would have been perfect over the WWE Championship in 2007, but sadly, WWE never capitalized.

3. Edge

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    In 2007, these two Superstars had a one-off match on the May 7th edition of RAW. In this match, Edge quickly defeated Mr. Kennedy to win his Money in the Bank briefcase that Kennedy had rightfully won at WrestleMania 23.

    Getting the title shot off Kennedy was due to a "supposable" injury Kennedy had, which was actually jumping to conclusions on McMahon's part. Long story short, Edge cashed the briefcase in four days later to win the World Heavyweight Championship.

    I wouldn't be surprised if there was still some bad blood left over between the two since Kennedy thereafter never won another championship in WWE. This was a definite feud that should of happened over the World Title in 2008 if Kennedy's injury hadn't prevented it.  

2. CM Punk

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    A feud between these two during the time of 2008-2009 would have been decent but the real potential here is if it had happened now.

    Having Kennedy portray the face and Punk portray the heel would have been money, with the promos bringing ratings for either show. Excelled chemistry in both the ring and mic skills would be worth-watching, whether it be over a championship or not. 

1. Randy Orton

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    Of all the feuds I have listed, this is one that I would have loved nothing more to see. Not only do these two have the potential to put on a good match, but personal heat between Orton and Kennedy would fuel this rivalry into a tremendous world championship match.

    For those of you who don't know, rumors claim Orton took part in the reason why Kennedy was fired from WWE in 2009 because Orton stated he was "injury-prone". In my opinion, Orton just didn't want his top spot in the company taken from him.

    Their promo on Kennedy's final RAW in May 2009 was simply awesome. Had Kennedy not been fired, I speculate this would have been the WWE Championship main event somewhere in summer 2009.

    Re-hire Kennedy, turn Orton back heel, and you have yourself a monumental main event.


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    Of the fifteen feuds listed, which one would you have liked to see?

    Is there a feud on here that I didn't list that you would have liked to see in WWE?

    Leave a comment below and let your opinions be heard. Thanks for reading Bleachers!

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