After a successful yet frustrating run with WWE, Ken Anderson, known then as Mr. Kennedy, made his way to TNA IMPACT Wrestling where he spent six years of his career. However, in early March, it was announced that Anderson and TNA parted ways.
PW Torch reported that Anderson was fired after failing an on-the-spot drug test during the company’s television tapings in January. Since then, Anderson has done his best not to badmouth his former employer but did reveal during a recent interview that, at one point, he wasn’t paid for three months.
TNA has been in turmoil for a while — pay issues being one of the company’s biggest problems. Now, Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan, who has taken on the role of president of TNA, is fighting Dixie Carter for control of the company in court. A decision is expected later this week — a decision that could determine the company’s future.
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Anderson, on one hand, believes Corgan being with TNA is a good thing, as he recently told WhatCulutre.
“I just want what’s best for my friends, what’s best for the business. I think Billy Corgan is one of the best things to ever happen to TNA in a long time. I personally loved working with him. He was creative, he allowed me to be creative. He was in charge of the storyline that I had with Bram in TNA. We all worked together, and we all contributed to that storyline, and I think that’s the way this business should work; how the creative process should work. I hope the best happens, and I think that Billy Corgan being a huge part of that equation is a positive. It’s a good thing.”
But Anderson isn’t particularly focused on the past. He recently opened a wrestling school with fellow former WWE superstar Shawn Daivari. – The Academy: School of Professional Wrestling will open this Tuesday in Minnesota and will give aspiring wrestlers another place where they can pursue their career.
Anderson told the Inquisitr last year about his plans for the future and hinted at possibly opening a school to help the future generation.
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“I feel like I have a lot more to give to the business in this portion of my career, but afterwards I look forward to helping out new talent. I don’t know if I’ll start a wrestling school or what it is but I’ve always enjoyed helping people and sort of passing along whatever minimal knowledge I have on a given topic.”
Anderson told WhatCulture he saw a lot of bad independent wrestlers who weren’t properly trained and not ready to be in the ring. In addition to that, the former two-time TNA champion believes his genuine love for the business is what motivates him to keep going.
“I can’t really speak to the idea that it might be hard because it just happens for me. When I got into the business and starting learning some of the in’s and out’s and the behind the scenes sort of stuff, it made me more of a fan actually because I respected the business that much more because I realized what goes into it,” said Anderson.
“I’ve been doing it for 16 years and I guess there are days where things get sort of frustrating, you have seasons where you fall in and out of love, right now, I’m totally dialed in, love the business and I’m a big fan.”
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