Kofi Kingston has opened up about his controversial WWE Championship loss to Brock Lesnar on the October 4, 2019 episode of SmackDown.
Kingston lost his WWE Championship to Lesnar in just seven seconds on the 20th Anniversary episode of SmackDown, the first episode of the show to air on FOX, bringing his historic 180-day reign to an end.
Kingston’s defeat was immediately overshadowed by the arrival of Cain Velasquez, who challenged Brock Lesnar for the championship in his first and only WWE match at that year’s Crown Jewel show.
Speaking to Steve Fall of NBC Sports Boston, Kingston discussed the defeat, admitting that he doesn’t really dwell on the loss.
“I don’t really dwell on the why. There are a lot of things in the industry that you look at sometimes and go, ‘why did that happen?’ You just move on and the wheel keeps on turning.
“For me to dwell on what happened in that match with Brock Lesnar doesn’t serve me any purpose. It’s not going to make me better or change what happened or do anything besides make me feel bad. I’m not going to let it do that. I have a lot more career left to handle.
“It’s a scenario where, it’s a rare and unique opportunity to be on this roster. As far as my run, being WWE Champion, I got to go six months almost to the day. That is a very long reign. If you look back at how many current champions have had a reign of six-months or more, it’s Brock Lesnar, Bobby Lashley, Roman Reigns, and myself. You can’t be mad at that.
“All the great rivalries I had were great. Going up against Kevin Owens. Dolph Ziggler, he and I fought for the Intercontinental Championship. Samoa Joe, we got to show some personality and go up against some of the greats. AJ Styles at the beginning. Randy Orton, tying everything together seeing as I was in for a ‘push’ in 2009 and having a rivalry with Randy Orton and it didn’t work out.
“To be able to button that up was great. I enjoyed my title run, I enjoyed every single moment of it because I know how rare it is to be in that championship role. You embrace it.”
Kingston has since returned to the tag team division, wrestling with fellow New Day member Xavier Woods.
Lesnar is set for a match at this year’s WWE Crown Jewel event, taking on the All Mighty Bobby Lashley after his return to the show on October 10.
Check out the announced card for the event right here.
Transcription courtesy of Fightful.
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