Mr. Kennedy stays one in all the greatest “what if?” superstars in ‘s latest historical past. The former United States Champion had two main storylines in place, however neither would come to fruition. Kennedy was initially set to be revealed as Vince McMahon’s illegitimate son, which might be made evident by his final title being the similar as McMahon’s center title. An premature wellness coverage violation would get Kennedy suspended the week the reveal was presupposed to occur, main the firm to pivot the angle fully. Months earlier than that dropped storyline, Kennedy captured the Money in the Bank briefcast at WrestleMania 23, however dropped it to Edge as a result of an damage that was set to have him out of motion for the remainder of the yr. Unfortunately, the severity was a misdiagnosis, and Kennedy was again to in-ring competitors weeks later.
One week earlier than he misplaced the briefcase to Edge, Kennedy declared he was going to money in his title shot at the following yr’s WrestleMania. While it is unclear if Kennedy can be topped at the Showcase of the Immortals, he was set to have a serious title reign.
“I only had it a month and a half, two months maybe, and they came to me. I was riding with Matt Hardy. We had left the building early, which was unlike us. We usually stayed until the very end. For whatever reason, we left early, and I got a call from Michael Hayes. He says, ‘Where are you guys? I need you to come back. Vince needs to talk to you in his office,'” Kennedy informed Insight with Chris Van Vliet (h/t Wrestling Inc). “I remember Batista coming out of Vince’s office, and we passed each other in the hall and just came up to me and gave me a big hug, and he’s like, ‘You deserve it, bro.’ And I played stupid, ‘What do you mean? What do you mean?'”
Kennedy would then go into McMahon’s workplace, the place the former Chairman would lay out the long-term storyline.
“He laid out the scenario basically and he’s like, ‘You’re going to cash in your briefcase. We’re going to have a new champion.’ And I remember him telling me that they were high on Batista at the time. That was their guy,” Anderson stated. “They felt like Batista needed to chase for a while, and they said, ‘When we feel the time is right, we’re going to put it on Batista, but we don’t know how long that could be. I could be like a month, or five months, or six months, or whatever.’ I remember I just said, ‘Look, I appreciate you guys saying that, but this is business and I’ll do what’s necessary.'”
Not 24 hours later did Kennedy undergo a triceps damage at a home present, which led to an emergency room go to and a name from Stephanie McMahon.
“‘We’re going to take you to Penn State. Edge is going to challenge you for the briefcase, and then he’s going to go on and do what you’re supposed to do tomorrow night.’ ‘Okay.’ And I remember thinking at the time, ‘I’ve got a year to cash this thing in. Isn’t there some other way you can get it off him?’ But I didn’t say it. I sort of regret not saying it now,” Anderson stated. “I gave up the briefcase. The next day, I flew to Dr. Andrews’ table, and he’s feeling my triceps, and he’s like, ‘That’s not a tear.'”