Back in 2007, Mr. Kennedy gave several interviews whilst on a British media tour, one of which featured him claiming that he had not taken steroids in a year amongst other topics.
Two weeks after the tour, the Signature Pharmacy list emerged, and a certain Ken Anderson's name was listed amongst various WWE wrestlers, and in the midst of reportedly being announced as Mr. McMahon's on-screen son, he was suspended for 30 days.
A year later, Kennedy, who is currently out of action with a dislocated shoulder, and has filmed "Behind Enemy Lines 3: Colombia", which is set for DVD release in January, has given another interview to a British newspaper, in this case the Daily Star, to explain why he said what he did.
“Overall, I made a mistake. I’m sorry for it, I’m trying to move on and get past it.
“I would love to sit down with you for two or three hours and explain things.
“I was on a time schedule, so I would omit certain parts that I did not deem necessary. There is a lot more to it than what was said.
“It’s something I feel passionately about. I believe wrestling has changed, and of course it’s still apparent because I hear stories about the past, and how things were in the 80s. They are funny now, but at the time it was horrific, what happened on the road, and all the unethical things people did.”
“I stand by the fact that I stopped taking steroids for cosmetic reasons.
“If you simply look at pictures of me, there’s a huge difference from when I started to now.
“When one partakes in those substances...at the time I thought I was impervious, invincible.
“I ran into some of those situations, and you don’t quit cold turkey; there are health risks.
“What we do is not ballet, it’s an inevitability of our job, and people get hurt.”
If only he had said that last year. People would have been surprised if he hadn't spoken and the Signature list came out, but it was his comments last year that made the whole situation worse.
Kennedy had previously had bad luck when after winning Money in the Bank at WrestleMania 23, he suffered a triceps injury which doctors initially thought would take him months to heal, but would in fact only take weeks.
As a result, Kennedy had his World Title shot taken away. As mentioned before, the Signature list resulted in the angle with McMahon being cancelled, which would surely have propelled Kennedy to main event status.
Kennedy was heading for another United States title reign when he dislocated his shoulder.
Some say Kennedy has had very bad luck since joining WWE, and he's criticised those who have called him injury-prone. However, Kennedy has been prone to putting his foot in his mouth a few times, leading fans to not exactly feel very sorry for him.
It appears WWE may be feeling the same way, and when he returns from his injury, we'll see just how they treat him.
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