WWE Superstar Possibly Announces Retirement

It looks like one WWE Superstar has ended his in-ring career. The WWE Performance Center YouTube channel recently released a mini-documentary on Brian Kendrick working behind the scenes at NXT. In the video, Kendrick talking about being a producer and indicated his in-ring career is over.

“Initially the idea of producing seemed like it was just a good… if retirement plan is the right thing… but like the next best thing to wrestling,” Kendrick said. “But it turns out, it’s just as rewarding in different ways. So, yeah, I love every bit of it. It’s a whole new way of looking at wrestling for me. So, to me I welcome the challenge, and if I get to produce four matches and wrestle twice in one night I will do it. So yeah, I am pumped.”

As mentioned by Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc., the video was shot back on October 28, 2020. This was the last time Kendrick wrestled in a match on WWE as he teamed up with Mansoor to defeat Ever-Rise in a tag team match on 205 Live. Before the win, Kendrick lost to Mansoor, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and Ashante “Thee” Adonis.

“Getting this opportunity to help train a little bit, to do some producing, it was something that I figured I’d fall back on when my days were done wrestling,” Kendrick said in the video. “You know if I was lucky enough to get that opportunity, and I figured it to be the next best thing besides wrestling, but I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy it. To work with these young ladies and men, to see them go out up there and pour their heart and soul, and use their athletic ability."

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In February, it was reported that Kendrick has been promoted from NXT to now SmackDown where he helps produce the show each week. Before producing, Kendrick worked behind the scenes as a trainer from 2014 to 2016. He also runs Santino Bros Wrestling Academy in California.

Kendrick signed with WWE as a developmental talent in 2000. He had multiple stints with the company and then returned in December 2014 for a tryout as a trainer, which then led to him being on NXT. In his career, Kendrick won the WWE Tag Team Championship twice and the Cruiserweight Championship once.