Former WWE Heavyweight Champion Kofi Kingston recently sat down on Corey Graves Podcast After the Bell along with New Day members Big E and Xavier Woods to discuss Kingston’s monumental rise to becoming the WWE Champion at Wrestlemania this past April. In October on the first Smackdown on Fox episode, Kingston disappointingly losing the title in eight seconds to Brock Lesnar.
Kingston stated that the original plan was not for him to be in the title match at Wrestlemania at all, and that it was actually Daniel Bryan who campaigned for Kingston to win the title at the biggest show of the year.
“[Daniel Bryan] pushed for that to happen. The plans weren’t for me to be at WrestleMania. I’m not sure who it was for Daniel to face, but Daniel went in and went to bat for me and the situation and the title match for us to happen. He had a big part in it too. It’s a testament to his state of mind as far as advancing the business and doing the right thing for the people and best product. I give a lot of credit to Daniel Bryan, who I think is legitimate, like a generational talent. It meant so much more because Bryan was so hot and Bryan is just so damn good in the ring, on the mic, with his character. He was so giving with the build to the story that it meant more.”
While not confirmed, the original plans were for Bryan to face Kevin Owens for the WWE Title at WrestleMania. The plan changed and Bryan ended up facing Kevin Owens and Mustafa Ali at Fastlane instead.
Kingston’s WWE Title run came to an abrupt end when he lost the title to Brock Lesnar in eight seconds on the debut episode of Friday Night Smackdown on FOX. Kingston spoke about how he doesn’t understand why people are upset on how his on-screen character reacted to the loss. Kingston stated that he can’t dwell on it and is just trying to push forward in his career.
“A lot of people will be on my social media and be like, ‘Kofi, you’re out there and you’re acting like you don’t care, man! You forget that you were the champion’ and this and that. And I’m like, well look … you’re asking my on-screen character to be angry as if it was my real character. And the reality … I’m a good guy who lost in 8 seconds, so as far as making a case for a rematch …. uhhhhh, like, what would my character have to say? You’re wanting my real-life character to take on this anger and be mad with what happened on-screen. So it’s just this weird conundrum.”
“You can’t dwell on one day. There’s been a lot of days that have been, I guess, negative – for lack of a better term – but if you dwell on those, then all of a sudden you’re miserable. You don’t want to come to work. And for me, I’m just trying to push forward. I appreciate the passion that people have, but I’m puzzled by the anger some people have towards me because I’m not the one who’s making all of those decisions.”
Thank you to Fightful.com for the quotes.
Matt’s Musings: Kingston seems like one of the genuinely good people in the wrestling business. I was lucky enough to be in the arena at this years Wrestlemania when Kingston finally became the WWE Champion. Although the title run didn’t end how anybody hoped it would, it is encouraging to see Kingston keeping a positive attitude throughout it all. Hopefully, Kingston can find his way back to the top of the card real soon.
You can listen to the podcast below.
The following press release was issued by WWE today.
WWE THE NEW DAY: FEEL THE POWER PODCAST SET TO DEBUT ON DECEMBER 2
STAMFORD, CONN., November 20, 2019 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced The New Day: Feel The Power, a new weekly podcast series launching Monday, December 2. Hosted by The New Day’s Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E, the podcast offers fans an unprecedented connection to the seven-time WWE Tag Team Champions as they riff on their experiences from inside and outside the ring. Feel The Power joins After The Bell as the second podcast from WWE Podcast Network, a partnership between WWE and Endeavor Audio. Listen to the trailer here.
Each Monday, The New Day will share personal stories from their daily lives and engage in passionate debates as they cover some of their favorite subjects, including sports, video games, music and much more. Injecting the power of positivity into all of their takes, the charismatic trio will offer their unique perspectives on life as a WWE Superstar.
“Feel The Power is the perfect platform for us to take our engagement with fans to the next level,” said The New Day. “Nothing will be off limits as we take listeners on a wild ride inside our lives.”
Listeners can subscribe to The New Day: Feel The Power on all download and streaming services including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Pandora.
Endeavor Audio is a full-service operation offering content development, financing, production, distribution, marketing, and monetization. The studio produced BLACKOUT, the hit audio drama, with Academy Award winner Rami Malek (also starring) and QCode; The Bellas Podcast, the popular weekly lifestyle chat show hosted by WWE Superstars and TV personalities, The Bella Twins; and the re-launch of Juan Ep hosted by Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds, as part of a larger content partnership with Mass Appeal that also includes Drink Champs, the popular hip hop podcast show. They recently launched HUNTED, the first series with “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf and have the upcoming docu-series, American Jihadi.
Kofi Kingston, a native of Ghana and a graduate of Boston College, came into WWE with one goal in mind: to become WWE Champion. Kingston’s 11-year journey of perseverance and positivity brought him the respect and admiration of fans around the world, so much so that the WWE Universe created a movement called #KofiMania which trended #1 worldwide and culminated with Kingston becoming WWE Champion at WrestleMania this past April. A dynamic and multi-faceted WWE Superstar, Xavier Woods holds two bachelor’s degrees in psychology and philosophy and a master’s degree in psychology. He is a lifelong video game aficionado and hosts his own YouTube gaming channel, UpUpDownDown, which currently has more than 2 million subscribers. Long before he was chanting “New Day Rocks,” Big E was destined to command the spotlight. Big E was a state champion in high school wrestling and a standout defensive lineman at the University of Iowa. The former NXT Champion and WWE Intercontinental Champion is known for his infectious personality and invoking the message of positivity together with his New Day tag team partners.
You know how sometimes when you sit to poop, you also play on your phone until your legs fall asleep? Get a new soundtrack for those trying times. Go subscribe, rate, and write a review on our new podcast! (Only 5 stars and nice words please) https://t.co/tccOoMUiXK pic.twitter.com/3kL4VWtpM6
— Wheel Dragon!!! – Off Season (@XavierWoodsPhD) November 20, 2019
Look, I can’t promise that this will be groundbreaking. Or provocative. Or worth your time. Or passable. Or remotely listenable….What was my point again?…I dunno…click on the link to subscribe…I guess…https://t.co/rV6b2NBGF2
— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) November 20, 2019
TJR Thoughts: This will be fun. I’m a fan of all three guys and they have tremendous chemistry together. It doesn’t say if they will have guests on the show, but that’s certainly possible. Xavier Woods is out with a torn Achilles Tendon injury that will keep him on the shelf for about nine months, if not longer, while Big E and Woods will continue on the road in WWE.
This is bad news for the people that want The New Day to break up. I didn’t think it was going to happen anyway because all three guys have talked about wanting to be together until they retire and that’s what might happen.
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