Ex-WWE Wrestler Brian Kendrick Apologizes for 'Vile' Comments, Is Pulled by AEW

Brian Kendrick has issued an apology for his "vile" past remarks about the Holocaust.

The ex-World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star was due to make his debut on All Elite Wrestling (AEW) Dynamite on Wednesday night but was axed from the show after comments he made several years ago resurfaced this week.

The 42-year-old is facing backlash for voicing his support for antisemitic conspiracy theories. He has taken to Twitter to apologize to fans and reiterate that he no longer believes such things.

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

He added: "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."

AEW boss Tony Khan released a statement addressing the issue ahead of Dynamite kicking off to confirm that Kendrick would not be taking to the ring with Jon Moxley as planned.

"We've been made aware of abhorrent & offensive comments made in the past by Brian Kendrick," Khan tweeted.

"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."

What Did Brian Kendrick Say in Controversial Resurfaced Comments?

The resurfaced comments made by Kendrick began circulating on Twitter this week and appear to date back to 2011.

A video was originally posted on Twitter by user Dan Pierce, and later posted in full by journalist David Bixenspan, that features Kendrick discussing conspiracy theories involving Jewish families such as the Rothschilds.

In this video, he claimed there was a connection between Zionists and the Illuminati and "the end of the world." He also said that the so-called "13 families," citing the Rothschilds and Rockefellers, were involved in "interbreeding."

Still in the video, Kendrick says he attended a lecture by a noted British conspiracy theorist, David Icke, who has promoted antisemitic conspiracy theories, Wrestling Inc reports.

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Brian Kendrick has apologized for his "vile" remarks and was pulled from AEW Dynamite. YouTube

In a 2013 video, he claimed the Holocaust was "overblown" and that the death toll of murdered Jews was fewer than the factually correct 6 million.

An article on the website Culture Crossfire recapped a video Kendrick made discussing these theories. He mentioned conspiracy theories about 9/11, with the article stating "he believes that an outside force—be it the Illuminati or whatever caused the incident" and he also expressed support for other conspiracy theories around the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.