Brian Kendrick Removed From AEW Dynamite As Past Comments Surface
On Wednesday, AEW announced that recently released WWE Superstar Brian Kendrick would be appearing on Dynamite to take on Jon Moxley.
Shortly after the announcement, two interviews from 2011 and 2013 involving Kendrick would surface online where he would discuss a number of conspiracy theories.
In the interviews, Kendrick would express his opinions on the Holocaust and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, views many found shocking.
In response to the revelations, AEW President Tony Khan would issue a statement via Twitter calling Kendrick’s comments ‘abhorrent & offensive’, before stating that Brian would be pulled from the AEW Dynamite card until more information has been gathered. Khan would tweet:
“We’ve been made aware of abhorrent & offensive comments made in the past by Brian Kendrick. There’s no room in AEW for the views expressed by Brian. We think it’s best for all that Brian be pulled from tonight’s card as we gather more info. We’ll announce a replacement bout ASAP.”
Kendrick himself would then address the controversy via his own Twitter account, issuing an apology before revealing that the views discussed in the interview are not his views, and never were. He would say:
“I apologize for all the hurt and embarrassment I have caused with my words. These are not my beliefs and never were beliefs of mine, and I crossed the line. – I spread the most vile comments without thinking of the damage it would cause. I will live with this regret for the rest of my life. I am truly sorry for the pain I have caused.”
Kendrick would ultimately be replaced by Wheeler Yuta in the match against Jon Moxley, with the latter walking away with the victory.
There is no word on if Brian Kendrick has a future in All Elite Wrestling following his apology, but we will provide any updates as we get them.