Brian Kendrick Comments On Nixed AEW Debut After Controversial Comments Surface

Brian Kendrick posing during a WWE entrance.

Brian Kendrick has apologised for comments he made in the past, after his originally slated AEW debut on Dynamite last night against Jon Moxley was scrapped.

It was reported on 1st February that Kendrick had been granted his release from WWE, and shortly after that was confirmed AEW posted a match graphic showing that he would be making his debut for the company against the former AEW World Champion.

However, an hour before the event AEW President Tony Khan took to social media saying that the match had been cancelled after “abhorrent & offensive” comments made by Brian Kendrick in the past came to light. Kendrick was replaced in the contest with Moxley by Wheeler Yuta, who was accompanied to the ring by Orange Cassidy and new signee Danhausen.

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.

The comments in question involve conspiracy theories involving the Illuminati, Jews and Zionists, whilst he has also discussed conspiracies around 9/11 in the past and giving controversial opinions on the Holocaust.

Brian Kendrick took to social media whilst last night’s episode of Dynamite was taking place to apologise profusely for his comments.

I apologize for all the hurt and embarassment I have caused with my words. These are not my beliefs and never were beliefs of mine, and I crossed the line.

In a second tweet, he said that he will live with the “vile” comments he made in the past for the rest of his life.

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.

Brian Kendrick competed in his final match for WWE on the 30th October episode of 205 Live, in a winning effort alongside Mansoor against Ever-Rise.

According to a report from PWInsider, Brian Kendrick had been waiting up to six weeks for his release before it was granted, and hadn’t been in attendance at any NXT tapings during that time.