Kevin Owens Reveals He Went Home To Watch WrestleMania 35

WWE made the decision to keep Kevin Owens off the WrestleMania 35 card this year, despite bringing him back from injury in the build up to the show.

KO has admitted that it was a decision that hit him hard, and in a recent interview with the Sky Sports Lock Up podcast, Owens admitted that he didn’t even go to the Metlife Stadium like the rest of the WWE locker room.

“I actually went home because I couldn’t be in that stadium. I flew home to watch it with my kids and my wife. I’m not sure how many people in this company are aware of that but I came back the next day. It was nice to be with my family, that made it a lot easier, but if you’re in this company and you’re not on WrestleMania and you don’t take it hard, you should probably go do something else with your life. I don’t think anybody can fault me for that.”

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Kofi Kingston Reflects On His ‘Wild’ 24 Hours After WrestleMania 35

WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston recently spoke with ViBe & Wrestling where he spoke in detail about the 24 hours after his WrestleMania 35 victory.

 “I got an hour and a half of sleep, had media day with Becky Lynch. I came back had breakfast with my family. I had a phone call that said AJ Styles was injured and unable to do his VIP Signing at Axxess. So, I had to leave breakfast with my family, go immediately to Axxess and have a two-hour signing. Finally came back, I thought I would be able to get some sleep and then my high school wrestling coach called and said someone from the Boston Globe wanted to do an interview with me. I did the interview and in the middle of doing the interview, I got a text from our talent relations team asking me to call them back and after the interview I did. They told me I was needed for Raw. I said okay let me try and get some sleep.”

“I laid down for about 20 minutes and the called back and said I was needed right now. So, I went to the Barclays Center for Raw and had the match with (Seth) Rollins that ended up being a tag match against the Bar. And then we had SmackDown the next day.”

H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions.

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Hall of Famer Mark Henry Speaks on Fan Criticism Toward WWE Champion Kofi Kingston

WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry recently commented on fan criticism currently being leveled at Kofi Kingston. The WWE champion has not changed very much since winning the title at WrestleMania 35 and many fans are not too happy about that.

They believe that Kingston should look the part and that he should perhaps leave the comedy backstage. Much of that comedy includes hurling pancakes to the audience, which is something that Kofi continues to do despite now being the top champion in the industry.

But Henry disagreed with fan complaints and he made that fact known on the May 9 edition of Sirius XM’s Busted Open.

“He’s throwing pancakes, he’s dancing and people think that somehow trivializes the fact that he is d**n good! I stand here to tell you: he could throw pancakes, waffles, he can make some toast and put jelly on it, whatever he wants to do. It does not diminish the fact that he is a dominant athlete, an intellectual stalwart and somebody that you want to see what happens next. Kofi is an excellent champion and I always knew that was a possibility if he ever got the opportunity.”

Kingston’s title run has perhaps not been what many fans were expecting, but that’s not necessarily due to anything that Kofi has done. When he’s on his game, Kofi Kingston is a highly skilled, motivated performer. But when his booking is wrong, then he is cast in a whole new light.

Indeed, it’s as if fans have been holding their breath in anticipation of the moment when Kingston loses the WWE Championship. Kofi will defend the title against Kevin Owens at Money in the Bank on May 19, but it’s unknown if the belt will change hands that night.

Kingston’s win at WrestleMania 35 was arguably the most memorable moment of the entire event. His 11-year WWE career was finally legitimized with the company’s top prize and he’s now back to business as usual with Xavier Woods in The New Day. But that does not mean that Kingston won’t embrace the world championship spot to its fullest. If he retains the title against KO, then Kofi may be on to bigger and better things, as well as a lengthy championship run.

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Ric Flair Talks Having Respect For AEW, On His WrestleMania 35 Role & Charlotte Headlining

Two-time WWE Hall Of Famer, Ric Flair recently spoke with CBS Sports about his role at WrestleMania 35 and his thoughts on Charlotte headlining the show.

On his WrestleMania 35 appearance:

“Oh, I had a blade on [me]! ” Flair joked when asked if he would have taken a bump or bladed at age 70 if asked. “Just kidding. But you know what Shawn Michaels said to me? They thought another mark was hitting the ring like the night before with Bret Hart [at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony]. Shawn almost had to superkick me from the announce table.”

On his emotions at Charlotte headlining:

“I probably cried the whole week, I’ve been crying since it first came about,” Flair said. “I’m so thankful to WWE, from Vince [McMahon] to Hunter [Triple H] and Stephanie [McMahon] and all the powers-that-be who put that together and taking that step forward with the woman. For me, I’ve used the expression about passing the torch, but my daughter just took the torch from me years ago. She is so good but she is just getting going. She has only been in the business for six years, which is hard to believe. The thing about her that separates her from a lot of people is that she’s never satisfied with a performance. I was really proud and I’m proud of WWE for taking that step forward because they deserve it.”

Flair also spoke about AEW after it was announced that ‘The Roast Of Ric Flair’ would be taking place at Starrcast ll, and the Nature Boy had nothing but praise for the new company.

“I’m old school, so I think anytime there is an opportunity for guys to work who are qualified and have been trained properly in a position to be somewhat successful in their attempt to work for either company, I’m all about that,” Flair said. “I think that’s great. I don’t think [AEW] should focus on the competition [with WWE]as much as just developing their own product. Their success will come from that.

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Becky Lynch Says She Battled Depression Before Joining WWE

Becky Lynch recently spoke to People about her rise in WWE. “The Man’ went from working the pre-show of WrestleMania 34 to winning the main event of WrestleMania 35, just one year later. But Lynch’s career before WWE nearly fell apart, thanks to injury.

Lynch talked about that time of her life, when she was forced to get out of the business. Becky took a six year break, from 2006 to 2013 and it seemed as though she would never realize her dreams of being a successful pro wrestler.

“When I stepped away from it I just, I suffered from depression and always felt like I turned my back on this thing that I loved and this thing that has given me a purpose,” she recalls. “I always felt like there was a part of me would fix it, and that part of me was this.”

However, Becky did say that she felt that period of her life actually benefitted her in the long run.

“I’m really grateful for those years,” Lynch adds to PEOPLE. “At the time it was hard to see where it was going to go. Looking back I’m so grateful because I wouldn’t be where I am without having stepped away. And I also, want to have the appreciation that I do without it.”

Lynch won the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships at WrestleMania 35 after pinning Ronda Rousey in their match with Charlotte Flair. It was Rousey’s first WWE loss and marked the first time that women have went on last at WWE’s biggest event of the year.

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Kofi Kingston Reveals If He’s Watched His WrestleMania Match, On Being The First WWE Champion From Africa

WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston recently spoke with USA Today about his WWE Championship victory and whether he has watched the match back.

On if he has watched the WrestleMania match:

“I have not,” Kofi said when asked if he’s watched the match. “I’ve seen clips of the pinfall, but the whole match in and of itself I haven’t had the time really to sit down. I don’t normally like watching myself perform, you know, but I think this is one that I’m going to have to watch back for sure.”

On the reaction from fans:

“It took me legitimately three days to get through all my phone messages,” Kofi said. “So I had 150 different texts from 150 different people… Twitter was impossible to even go through and read. I haven’t been able to get to the bottom of my timeline because everybody is flooding in with compliments and just good luck messages and things like that. It’s been amazing the level of support. I finally, [on Friday], just finished going through the messages on Facebook, but I think I’m all caught up. The problem is that overtime you send a message to somebody, they always respond back…. It’s just awesome to be at the center of all that.”

On being the first WWE Champion from Africa:

“It means a lot, especially from a representation standpoint,” Kofi said. “It’s always important for people to be able to watch WWE, especially because it’s a global product, it’s important for people all over the world to be able to look at the screen and see somebody who looks like them doing great things. And in turn, that inspires them to do great things. For me to inspire people who look like me to do awesome things, and they can look at the screen and say ‘hey, I can do this because I can see someone that looks like me and he’s doing it.’

“It’s equally as important too that people who don’t necessarily look like me and can also look to my story for inspiration, because the main thing is I struggled, you know? To get here it’s been a long, hard struggle to make it to this point, and anybody out there, whether you’re black, white, Asian, South American, whatever, you can look to my story and see I struggled to get here but I kept fighting through. I didn’t give up, I didn’t take no for an answer, and I did it. It took me a long time to do it, but I did it. Anything is possible for anybody if they work hard enough.”

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