CBS Sports’ Chuck Carroll spoke with Kofi Kingston ahead of this weekend’s WWE WrestleMania shows.
Kofi said that this year’s WrestleMania may be one of most important ever given the circumstances we’re all facing with the coronavirus pandemic because it puts a much needed smile on the faces of fans. He thinks that everyone will be “pleasantly surprised with the quality of the matches” and “thoroughly impressed” with the show this year even though the stands will be empty.
We also talked about the silver lining in all of this in that he is getting to spend more time with his family. He said that he and his son both caught their first fish the other day. Neither had ever been fishing before. He also spoke highly of Drew McIntyre and said his match against Brock Lesnar was the one he was most looking forward to watching other than his own.
The circumstances leading up to this year’s WrestleMania are far different than what was happening a year ago in New York. I’m curious about your feelings as you wrestled your match the day of this year’s WrestleMania versus what you were feeling last year back at MetLife Stadium.
I think, for me, regardless of any WrestleMania going forward, I don’t know if there’s going to be anything that will ever match that for me last year, because that was the culmination of not just an 11-year journey, but a lifetime journey. That was my dream as a kid. I wanted to wrestle for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. Now that was on the cusp of happening.
This year, it’s a lot different. The WrestleMania that we had was nobody in the crowd, in a much smaller building. But at the same time, it’s still WrestleMania, and I think that we, as performers, can’t help but get up for it. Especially for us as WWE Superstars, we take a lot of pride in being able to lift people up throughout these dire times.
You will actually be able to watch WrestleMania at home with your family this year. What matches are most looking forward to watching with everyone?
Well, definitely watching our Ladder Match, myself, The Usos, Miz Morrison. You know, the New Day, Miz Morrison and the Usos going at it. It’s going to be a great match. We all have such great chemistry, and the story there, all of us vying for the Tag Team Championship Titles. It’s very real. You know, everybody wants to be the best. So that’s the match that I’m looking forward to the most.
But if I had to pick a second one, then I have to say Drew McIntyre versus Brock Lesnar. This is a guy, again, who has been grinding for so, so long, and he’s finally getting his shot to achieve his dream. And a lot of people are behind him. And it’s great to see, because Drew and I, we’ve had some battles back in the day and we’ve trained together. We’ve kind of come up through the system together. He ended up leaving the company, coming back, and now he’s climbing to the top of the ranks. And you love to see something like that happen to somebody who’s so deserving, who’s been working so hard for so long. And I’d like to see Brock Lesnar lose, so I get to root for Drew McIntyre in that aspect too.
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