Ken Anderson Reveals He Squashed Beef With Randy Orton, Talks Advice From Vince McMahon
During a recent Q&A session held on Facebook, Ken Anderson spoke about a variety of issues, including his former beef with WWE superstar Randy Orton, and what advice he received from Vince McMahon.
You can check out some of the highlights below (transcriptions via Post Wrestling’s Andrew Thompson):
On whether or not he and Orton have any issues:
Nope, not at all. Nothing. Not at all. In fact, we, in that backstage, when I went backstage at RAW, I probably sat and talked to Randy for 30 minutes in the hallway.
On the best advice Vince McMahon has given him:
I think one of the things that stands out to me is early on when I first debuted, I was really over the top, and sort of comedic in my delivery of everything and I remember him [Vince McMahon] trying to tell me, ‘You gotta stop trying to be funny and entertaining,’ and I remember thinking, ‘Isn’t that the point of what we’re trying to do here? Is be entertaining?’ And he’s like, ‘You just…’ And I said, ‘Well, with all due respect’ — he goes, ‘Funny doesn’t draw money’ and he goes, ‘Nobody ever drew big bucks being funny and goofy and doing comedy stuff’ and I was like, ‘With all due respect but, I’m a huge fan of The Rock and it feels to me like almost every one of The Rock’s promos was funny’ and he said, ‘Yeah, but the thing about The Rock was he sort of hamstrung himself when he started cutting those funny promos.’ One of my favorite promos ever was The Rock talking to Billy Gunn about the King of the Ring. I knew it verbatim so I could do it. I’ve seen it so many times but it was really, really funny, and he said that after he did that, the fans always expect you to do that and now you have to deliver that type of — you have to have that delivery every single night. It’s really hard to do when you’re running 52 weeks a year. So, I think that was an interesting piece.
On receiving the infamous chair shot by The Undertaker at 2006’s Survivor Series:
He hit me with the chair. That was just… when I first got in the business, I was always told, ‘If you’re gonna swing a chair at somebody, do it.’ There’s nothing worse than seeing somebody pull a chair shot. I mean there’s nothing worse in my opinion than seeing somebody pull anything, right? The idea is we wanna make it look like we’re killing each other without actually killing each other out there, and some things just suck. Chair shots was one of the things you just gotta grit your teeth and it actually, it wasn’t that bad. I’ve taken worse bumps than that in my life and it just happened to look good and I think also the thing that made it stand out was the way Taker held the chair. He held by only two of the legs I think and so when he hit it over my head, it actually opened up and then it looked fantastic.