by Brian Phelps
When Mr.Anderson, then known as Mr. Kennedy, left the WWE little did he know that he would go on to become one of the biggest free agent signings in Impact Wrestling history, but that he would go on to become a two time World Heavyweight Champion as a result.
He began his run in Impact Wrestling as a heel, but would later go on to become one of the top faces in the company. By the time he won his first world title, he was the top face in the company. Impact Wrestling was doing a great job of putting him over, and giving him memorable skits. His performance as a heel on occasions was the best in the business, such as when he dressed as an alter boy and attacked the pope or his instant classic moments where he dressed up as Sting's surfer gimmick from WCW and looked picture perfect as young Sting.
At that moment, you could make an argument that he was one of the top wrestlers in either company. Impact Wrestling was doing an amazing job with the Anderson character by letting him do what WWE typically does NOT do... and that's giving a wrestler a microphone and telling him to go out there and speak his mind and be himself.
Everything was going phenomenal, no pun intended AJ. That is until Impact Wrestling made a gigantic blunder which ended up killing all of Mr. Anderson's buzz. They made him irrelevant the moment they had him join Hulk Hogan's Immortal faction. Anderson in one night went from marching to his own drum to becoming just another Hogan lackey, joining the ranks of Scott Steiner, Bully Ray, and Gunner. Instead of being the face of the company, Mr. Anderson became just another face in the company. A guy in the background of a Hogan picture and that in itself is a travesty and a waste of talent both in the ring and on the microphone.