Kofi Kingston talks losing the WWE Championship to Brock Lesnar
Losing the title in nine seconds
Earlier this year, Kofi Kingston won the WWE Championship for the first time in his career. The New Day member successfully retained the title against the likes of Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens, Randy Orton and as a result, the fans were curious to see the outcome of his match with Brock Lesnar. Unfortunately, The Beast Incarnate squashed Kingston in less than 10 seconds to win the WWE Championship on the premiere episode of Friday Night SmackDown on FOX.
While discussing the match with talkSPORT, Kofi Kingston revealed that the loss was indeed 'disheartening' but he possesses the Power of Positivity to fight off the odds.
You show up to work one day and it’s like ‘this is what’s going to happen and it’s like ‘OK’. This is our job. The thing about it though, they talk about Ric Flair being a 16-time champion, but you can’t be a 16-time world champion without losing it 15 times. I knew it wasn’t going to last forever.
Kingston stated that losing to Lesnar can't change the fact that his title reign was one of the longest in recent memory. Kofi also mentioned that he is looking forward to have more WWE Championship runs in the coming years.
So I’m just real fortunate to have done that and to have had so many great matches with such great competition, so I’m just glad to have experienced that.
The former WWE Champion also disclosed the names of his favorite Superstars in the interview. Mentoring Ricky Steamboat to be one of those, Kingston went on to share the experience of working with him.
For a while he was producing for us and he was like a coach. So oftentimes he was telling us what we were supposed to be doing or the stories we should be telling in our match and I’d be just sitting there like ‘you’re Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat, man. Oh my god’. Then I’d be like oh my god, I didn’t hear what he said!
There’s been a lot of those. Ricky Steamboat, Shawn Michaels obviously. Rey Mysterio another one. We talk about sneakers, we’re both sneaker-heads.
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