At the time of Brock Lesnar beating Kofi Kingston in a quick match to win the WWE Title on the premiere episode of SmackDown on FOX last year, many fans were upset by the booking decision that was made.
The fans had gotten behind Kingston and started his journey of winning the WWE Title at WrestleMania 35. Kingston never got a rematch for the title against Lesnar but rather was placed back as a tag team star.
Kingston recently did an interview with Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT where he spoke about Lesnar and their interaction at the 2020 Royal Rumble PPV event where they competed in the Men’s Royal Rumble Match.
Kingston started out by talking about Lesnar comes across on TV as a physically daunting and dominating person. However, he doesn’t think Lesnar gets enough credit for having such a great mind for the business.
"Someone doesn't get to be in WWE for decades without having a great mind.”
Kingston continued by noting how on television, Paul Heyman is the mouthpiece for Lesnar and there’s this perception that Lesnar has a small part in that role but in fact, Lesnar does have a big part.
“He has a very intelligent wrestling mind and understands what wrestling 'business' is in terms of building stuff."
This led to Kingston talking about how his loss to Lesnar on SmackDown was a part of a bigger story told at the Royal Rumble. In this match, Rey Mysterio and The New Day teamed up to take on Lesnar but failed. It turns out that Lesnar put the spot together at the Royal Rumble.
"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.”
He later noted, "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 just kinda banding together and going in there doing what we did.”
Kingston brought up how the first half of the match was Lesnar dominating until Drew McIntyre threw him out to win the match.
“If it wasn't built like that it wouldn't have meant as much for Drew. You think about, okay why did that happen? Brock did this to elevate Drew to build credibility as a champion. Drew beats Brock at WrestleMania. The pieces of the story were told in the right way."
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