When Kofi Kingston became the new WWE champion, everyone thought he was the perfect crowning achievement for the qualities he highlighted in previous years. The night SmackDown first aired on FOX, Kofi was called upon to defend his title from the onslaught of Brock Lesnar.
Although the Beast started with the underdogs, no one would have imagined a similar trend. The match ended in just ten seconds, a blow that ended up destroying Kingston's ambitions. Interviewed by Steven Muehlhausen for DAZN this week, the infamous New Day leader retraced the milestones in his career.
Obviously, a question could not be missing on the much-discussed outcome of that dispute.
Kofi Kingston on his match with Brock Lesnar
"I have said many times that - if it had been up to me - I would have developed the match in a totally different way," admitted Kofi Kingston, who nevertheless took away other satisfactions later on.
“The thing is, it wasn't up to me. I have always felt that it is absolutely pointless to regret something that is not under our control. This is all I can say about it. I never get angry about those situations that I cannot control.
Once I knew what the intentions of the management were, I did my job with the utmost professionalism,” he explained. Kofi Kingston greatly appreciated the support of the WWE Universe: “I wish things had turned out differently, but I was happy to see so many people angry about what happened.
I always try to work with an eye for the future. The only thing I could do was get back into the game with a positive attitude, even if I would lie if I denied that I was disappointed. I wasn't going to sulk and get rude, that's not my style, I've never been like this.
I knew I only had to think about moving forward and that's exactly what I did. The wrestling business is full of moments like that,” he commented. Meanwhile, Finn Balor is still unsure if Brock Lesnar requested to face him at the 2019 WWE Royal Rumble.
Braun Strowman was originally supposed to face Lesnar at the event before he was replaced by Balor. According to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, Lesnar asked WWE’s decision-makers if he could take on the Irishman in a first-time-ever match.
Speaking on Ryan Satin’s Out of Character podcast, Balor said he has a good relationship with Lesnar’s former on-screen advocate, Paul Heyman.