Kofimania was one of the best things in wrestling this past year. Seeing a beloved undercard talent finally get his break, and winning the WWE Championship was possibly one of the best moments I’ve seen in wrestling history. His match with Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania for the championship is his on my match of the year list, due to the perfect combination of storytelling and action. The rest of the matches in his reign were also very good, defending against the likes of Randy Orton, Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, and Samoa Joe. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and that included the 180 Day Reign of Kofi Kingston.
Being Slayed By The Beast In 17 Seconds
When Brock Lesnar vs. Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship on Smackdowns debut of Fox was announced, everyone knew Kofi was running on borrowed time. While most expected exactly what happened, Kofi being beaten in mere seconds by The Beast Incarnate, a few like myself had hoped for a competitive match between the two talented individuals. Kofi had been one of the strongest WWE Champions in recent memory, rarely losing a match on his road to Brock Lesnar. But the bell rang, Kofi leaped at Brock, was caught into an F-5, and that was it. It was deflating to watch as a fan, many throwing criticism WWE’s way for the way they handled ending this beloved fan favorites reign as champion. Kofi Kingston stayed quiet on the situation up until now.
Kofi Wanted The Chance To Have An Actual Match
In an interview with Alex McCarthy of talkSport, a major UK based Sports Radio Station, Kofi spoke about his disappointment in the match he had with Brock Lesnar. “It was a bit of disappointment to go out there and have it go so quickly on the biggest night of Smackdown. To have it end like that is a little bit disheartening, but at the end of the day, it is what it is.”
As expected, Kofi maintains an aura of pure professionalism. Anyone would be deflated with how the whole ordeal went, WWE superstars always want to go out and give their best performances, and that chance was robbed from Kofi Kingston on that night. But instead of getting angry about it, Kofi Kingston is moving on and continuing to be the best he can be.
Who knows if we will ever see Kofi reach such heights again, but this is a title reign where the good outweighs the bad. From the start of his hunt at Elimination Chamber, to accomplishing his dream at Wrestlemania, it might be better to focus on the overwhelming positives of his reign, because Kofi & The New Day are always preaching the power of positivty. There is no use being bitter about the situation, and much life Kofi has, fans just need to move on and remember the good times his reign brought to us all.
It seems for now, he’s returning to the tag division with partner Big E, as the third man of the New Day is set to be out until next Spring due to an ACL injury; but I will never count out Kofi getting to the mountaintop one more time, Kofimania can always rise again.