If you are like the majority of wrestling fans, you were probably very upset about Kofi Kingston losing the WWE Championship to Brock Lesnar in a matter of seconds when SmackDown debuted on FOX.
What was even more upsetting for many fans was that Kofi never got a chance to get a rematch or try to regain the title again. In fact, it was almost like it never happened on SmackDown.
However, at the Royal Rumble this past year, Kofi Kingston got to face off against Brock Lesnar in the Royal Rumble match itself. Many fans were clamoring for Kofi to win and earn back the chance to face Lesnar. While that didn’t happen, the spot that took place in the match told a pretty great story.
So, who came up with the spot? Well, in an interview with Alex McCarthy on talkSPORT, Kingston revealed it was actually Lesnar who came up with the story that played out in the rumble. Kofi had this to say:
“If Brock and I had more of a match at the debut of Smackdown on FOX, then the moment at the Rumble, people wouldn’t have gotten up as much as they did for it. It was great. It was a really big piece of a story having myself in there trying to fight. Then here comes my partner and now here comes Rey who had history with his son. I’m getting goosebumps just talking about it. It was a lot of great storytelling coming together. Everything is important as minuscule as it may be. It’s definitely a big part of the Rumble seeing me, Rey and E, all of us on the outside banding together and going in there doing what we did.”
Kofi would also say that Lesnar doesn’t get enough credit for his mind for wrestling.
“You see Brock Lesnar on TV, you obviously see ‘The Beast’. You see a man who is physically daunting, physically dominating, but he has an awesome mind for the business, and I feel he’ll never get the credit he deserves for that.”
Well, Lesnar has been getting lots of credit for things lately. McMahon blamed him not being around for the declining ratings over the last few weeks.
One thing is for sure. He certainly knows how to get paid a lot of money for the fewest appearances possible. I’d definitely call that an awesome mind for something.
Big thanks to WrestlingInc for the transcription of the interview.