Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston turned in one of the best matches in WWE in 2019 at WrestleMania 35. The match was not only praised for the work both men did inside the ring, but the moment of Kofi Kingston winning the WWE Championship was one of the top moments of 2019.
While Kofi and Bryan were on-screen enemies, the two men could not have praised each other more off the television. Speaking to My San Antonio, Bryan gave Kofi a glowing review for his work inside and outside the ring.
“I think my favorite part of the run was the WrestleMania match. That's something that that I had so much fun with. It was interesting being in a different role because (Kofi’s storyline) was very similar to when I was set to win the title at WrestleMania 30. It's just that I was in the opposite role of being the villain, and that is actually so much better. Because you're not the person who the cameras are following around, and you're not the person that has to do media the next day. We did the match, and I had a blast. It was one of my favorite matches in my career, and then I get to come back and there's no cameras on me. There's no anything, and I just get to be with my wife and my daughter. That, to me, is just the coolest. You get to go out and do the thing that you love, and then you get to come back and see the people that you love. And I have an infinite amount of respect for Kofi."
Bryan continued, "Over the years, it is just impossible to describe the way he's handled himself. Throughout the entire time that I've been in WWE, through all his ups and downs of his career, you never saw him have a negative attitude. You never see that with Kofi. And who he is as a husband and as a father? He's somebody that you can see that he tries to be a standup guy. You can look at Kofi and be like ‘Wow, that's the kind of person I also want to be. One that inspires you to keep being a better person. And he does it through the ups and downs. So, doing the match with Kofi and then also meeting his family after was just really cool, too. I think that experience and that whole night was one of my favorite nights in my wrestling career.”
Kofi revealed that Bryan pushed for him to be in the WrestleMania match when he wasn't part of the original plan. You can find his full comments on the subject by clicking here.
Both Kofi and Bryan are scheduled to be part of the WWE Royal Rumble event. Bryan will challenge 'The Fiend' Bray Wyatt for the WWE Universal Championship while Kofi will be in the Men's Royal Rumble.