If you’d said to someone in January that Kofi Kingston would be taking on Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, they’d have called you insane, but fast forward to the present day and it seems the most obvious thing in the world.
It’s not even worth debating whether this is the biggest moment of Kofi’s career because it just is, but as the man admitted himself on Booker T’s podcast, it hasn’t always been a happy ride.
“Over the years, you think a lot of times that things will start to get going and then the next day, they don’t. I remember my first WrestleMania, being in the Money in the Bank ladder match and having a really good performance and doing things that had never been seen before. I remember walking through gorilla after the match and everybody gives a standing ovation. At the afterparty, everyone is talking about the performance I had. And then, the next day, I wasn’t booked on Raw. I thought things were gonna get going based on the performance I had and it didn’t quite work out that way. Even the rivalry I had with Randy Orton, it was the same thing. You’re knocking at the glass ceiling, you’re about to break through, and then you don’t. It’s frustrating to give it your all and then not be given what you feel is your due. But, by the same token, this is my dream and I don’t have it in me to quit.
“The closest time I’ve come (to quitting), I don’t want to say it was the lowest point of my career, but before I joined the New Day, I was at a point when I would go out there and be the happy go lucky guy who was gonna have a great match and probably end up losing. At a certain point, when you keep going out there and doing the same thing over and over again, it gets repetitive and boring. It was at that point, I didn’t know how much longer I would be able to do that.”
Kofi takes on Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35 this Sunday.
Credit to Fightful for the transcription.