Kenny King spoke with Yahoo Sports on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:
Why we haven’t seen more social protests/demonstrations in wrestling:
“That’s a good question. The platforms are a little different I think. Kenny King is a character. Kenny Layne is a person. [Colin] Kaepernick or Martellus Bennett or Marshawn Lynch … who they are and what they represent, as far as even endorsements and advertising dollars, that’s coming from a different place where Kenny King the professional wrestler is coming from. I think it’s just a little different the way it would come across because I couldn’t do it during a wrestling show without it being misconstrued as a gimmick or an angle. I think that if you pay attention to the social media of a lot of black wrestlers and wrestlers of color, they are very outspoken as far as these issues in one way or the other. There’s not too many I know that are silent on equality and social issues. I don’t think Monday Night Raw or Death Before Dishonor is the place to discuss real-life issues when we are blurring the lines anyways.”
Where Bobby Heenan ranks in history:
“Bobby Heenan is the greatest manager of all time. My childhood wrestling memories are filled with memories of Bobby Heenan, Mr. Fuji and Slick. And then to a lesser extent, Paul E. Dangerously and Jimmy Hart. Bobby ‘The Brain’ is always going to be the guy synonymous with managers and great wrestling personalities.”
Wrestlers reacting to King being on The Bachelorette:
“I found that most of my friends in the business were watching for the first time because their wives were like, ‘If Kenny’s watching, you have to watch!’ Most of my friends in the business were ‘Oh, it looks like I’m watching now, appreciate you.’ That was a lot of my friends in general. Overall the reception was overwhelming positive. The guys had a lot of positive things to say about it. Just myself, I think the biggest complements I was getting from my friends and the guys wrestling was that was you [on the show]. You didn’t pretend to be anybody else. That was a big complement for me.”
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Source: Yahoo Sports
Damien demento contributed to this article.