Dax Harwood says the way Kofi Kingston lost the WWE Championship was heartbreaking.
Kingston made his televised debut in 2008, and he has been a mainstay with the company ever since. He has become a Grand Slam Champon, and he is also a Triple Crown Tag Team Champion. In 2019, fans rallied around Kingston with "KofiMania" movement, and this response led Kofi to winning his first world title at WrestleMania 35, where he defeated Daniel Bryan to win the WWE Championship. He held the title for a few months, but Brock Lesnar defeated him in roughly 10 seconds to win the gold on the premiere of SmackDown on FOX.
Speaking on his FTR with Dax Harwood podcast, Kingston's loss to Lesnar came up in the conversation. Harwood, who worked with Kofi in several years in WWE, was asked to describe how both he and the locker room as a whole felt about it. He made it clear that he was very upset about the way Kingston lost the title. He described how Kingston worked hard to be a good champion, and it was heartbreaking to see his reign end so abruptly.
“I was very, very upset. I remember that I texted Kofi. Actually it was a group text with The New Day and myself and Dan [Cash Wheeler]. I apologized to him and I said, 'I’m so sorry this happened to you, man. We’re so upset. I can’t believe this is for real.’ Not because of anything with Brock, but how much we had worked and how he had worked to get to this point. Especially when we were working with him, with Randy, I saw him outside of Vince’s office or go into Vince’s office every single week to try to make things better, to try to make his championship run better. He worked so hard to be a great champion. I think a lot of people, maybe they think, ‘Oh, man, his championship run wasn’t successful because of whatever. It wasn’t for lack of trying. Because I saw him every week try his damndest to make something of nothing. It broke all of our hearts, the whole locker room, it broke all of our hearts that that’s where the championship was being taken. Not anything to do with Brock, but because Kofi had worked so hard, and seeing someone work so hard for so long to get this opportunity taken away from him, what would they do to us?" Harwood said.
Harwood recently described how Vince McMahon's return to WWE makes going back to the company a little questionable for him. Check out his comments here.
Kingston recently stated that he has a few more years left on his contract. More information is available here.
In an interview, Kingston said that it doesn't serve him any purpose to dwell on the Lesnar match. Click here to see what he had to say.
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