Everyone's Favorite Heel
December 28, 2006 by C.T. Pontes
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I am a college student, and for WWE fans my age, it is sometimes hard
to tune in to Friday Night Smackdown! Most of the time I find myself
reading the spoilers to figure out what will happen. However, there is
one man that has kept me coming back to see what he does next. That
man hails from Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is Mr. Kennedy (Kennedy).
I first became aware of Mr. Kennedy when he teamed up with one of my
favorite wrestlers, Randy Orton, and his father Bob Orton in a 6-man
tag match. Their opponents were the late Eddie Guerrero, Batista and
Roddy Piper. Kennedy had a good idea of what he was doing in the ring,
and I liked his heelish tactics, as they reminded me a lot of Orton.
In the subsequent weeks, I began to watch Smackdown! more, and saw that
there was a lot more than meets the eye when it came to Mr. Kennedy.
From his ring entrance to his innovative and original finishing move,
there was not a lot to dislike about the guy.
Unfortunately, in December of 2005, Mr. Kennedy tore his latimus dorsi
muscle and was forced to miss six months. I feared that this was the
last I would see of this man, due to him being relatively new to the
company. Batista was also out with an injury, but being a bona-fide
main eventer, there was no doubt that he would come back and make an
Then, a funny thing happened. Even though he was hurt, Kennedy
continued to make appearances on Smackdown!, including hilarious
confrontations with his pseudo-rival, ring announcer Tony Chimel. He
would appear in backstage segments, notably one where Paul Birchill's
pirate angle first appeared. He announced a cruiserweight title match,
cracking many funny jokes in the process. While all these instances
were funny and helped to get him over with the fans, his best work was
his appearance on Byte This!
For all those who have seen the episode of Byte This! with Kennedy, I
think it would not be a stretch to consider this one of the funniest
and most entertaining episodes ever to air. From him hassling the
receptionist when he is first arriving at WWE headquarters(Open
Sesame!) to his on set chemistry with host Todd Grisham, Kennedy
established himself as one of the better and more creative heels in the
WWE, all while not wrestling a match for six months. I cannot think of
another superstar who has made that type of off the mat impact.
He made his return in June 2006, winning a quick squash match against
Scotty 2 Hotty, showing off some of his new moves, including a new
finisher, the Kenton Bomb. He had a mini feud with Batista before
capturing his first WWE championship, the United States title. After
requesting a trade to RAW, he started easily the best feud of his young
career with The Undertaker. He and Taker exchanged victories, all the
while with Kennedy cutting gripping and believable promos on the dead
man. The rivalry came to a head at Armageddon with Undertaker winning
his trademark Last Ride match. Kennedy's performance in the match was
so impressive that he moved up on WWE.com's Power 25 rankings.
It is hard to tell what is next for Kennedy. Whether he will remain
on Smackdown or be traded to RAW is anyone's guess. There is no
guesswork, however, in the fact that Mr. Kennedy will hold one of the
World Championships by the end of 2007, at the latest 2008. Through
his incredible work on the mic to his stellar work rate in the ring, it
is truly special to watch Mr. Kennedy wrestle week in and week out.
by C.T. Pontes ..
Jon Rosaler wrote:
I actually went to the 6-man Tag Team match on Smackdown in San Francisco,CA. That was my very first time to a show. I had the honor of Seeing Eddie Guerrero for the first and last time in person. Ken Kennedy really got acknowledged that night and great things were to come for him. I don't know what's in his future, whether it's World Heavyweight Champion or just a guy we see in main events on a regular basis.
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