Speaking in a new interview with DAZN, Kofi Kingston has opened up about his seven-second WWE Championship defeat to Brock Lesnar in 2019.
The loss ended Kingston’s WWE Title reign at 180 days after he had won the title at WrestleMania 35. At the time many fans were upset with the manor of the defeat, especially as Kingston never received a rematch.
Reflecting on the match, Kofi Kingston admits that if it was up to him, the match would have gone down very differently.
“I told a lot of people that if it was up to me, I would have had that match be different in the way that it went down. But the thing is, that it’s not up to me. I think what we need to realize is that you control what you can control. That’s it. I don’t get mad over what I can’t control. I show up to work, and it’s like, ‘What we’re doing? Ok, maybe we can do it like this, but we’re going to do it like this’. Then once you have the outline of what’s going to happen, that’s the way that you proceed.”
However, Kingston explained that while he was disappointed with how the match went, he quickly focussed on keeping a positive attitude and his next challenge.
“I wish it would have gone down differently. I appreciate that a lot of people were so angry with the way that it went down. I’m always just trying to work towards what’s next. For me to come into work and be disgruntled about the way that things were handled, I’m the only one that’s going to be affected by that. But what I can control is going out and starting afresh, getting back on the horse and riding, and keeping that positive attitude. I would say that I was disappointed with the way that it went down. But again, I wasn’t so mad that I was going to come into work and just pout. I’m not going to come pout and be mad. That’s not my style. I’ve never been like that. It’s always been just a matter of just pushing forward no matter what. So that’s what I did. You just keep on marching until the wheels fall off.”
Incidentally, Daniel Bryan recently named the WrestleMania 35 match, where he lost the WWE Title to Kingston his favourite match in WWE. Bryan described the match as “special” adding that Kingston winning was a “cool moment.”
Kofi Kingston was most recently in action on Monday Night RAW where his match with Drew McIntyre ended in a no-contest. The pair will compete in a rematch on May 31st, with the winner going on to face WWE Champion Bobby Lashley at Hell In A Cell.