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5 WWE Superstars who asked to change their opponent

Danny Hart
EXPERT COLUMNIST

#4 Daniel Bryan asked to change his WWE opponent

In 2014, Daniel Bryan won the WWE Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 30 after becoming the most popular Superstar on the WWE roster in the months leading up to the event.

Five years later, Kofi Kingston found himself in a not-too-dissimilar position after he lasted over an hour in a gauntlet match on SmackDown in February 2019, kick-starting the “KofiMania” phenomenon.

At the time, WWE planned for Bryan to put the WWE Championship on the line against Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 35. However, as Kingston revealed on Corey Graves’ After The Bell podcast, “The Planet’s Champion” asked WWE’s higher-ups if he could face the New Day member instead.

“[Daniel Bryan] pushed for that to happen because the plans weren't for me to be at WrestleMania. I'm not sure who it was for Daniel to face but it wasn't me, and Daniel went in and went to bat for me, and for the situation for the title match between us to happen so he had a big part in it, too.” [H/T Wrestling Inc.]

Kingston defeated Bryan at WrestleMania and he went on to have a six-month reign with the WWE Championship before losing to Brock Lesnar in seven seconds on the first episode of SmackDown on FOX.

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Edited by Amar Anand
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