Could Kofi Kingston have been a running joke in wrestling?
Kofi Kingston has spoken at length about his issues with Randy Orton that have poured onto WWE programming, with their real-life problems being put front and center in their feud a decade later. Ten years after his original push towards the main event, Kofi Kingston still remembers how it almost unraveled even sooner than it did.
During the course of their initial rivalry, a custom, Randy Orton-themed stock car was presented on WWE Raw. The upstart Kingston would be tasked with destroying it, but almost nothing went as planned, as the WWE Champion told Fightful.
"My god! I talk about that moment all the time. That was a career defining moment for me, people are like 'oh my god, Kofi Kingston's not just happy go lucky Jamaican guy, he's doing some damage to this car.' I feel like if I would have fallen, it would have been a Shockmaster-esque moment. It was almost slow motion for me. They told me the NASCAR was indestructible. They gave me a crowbar, with the first hit, it broke the window. That wasn't supposed to happen, but it's live TV. I keep on breaking it, I go and step, and now I'm on the dashboard," said Kofi.
When destroying the car for the angle, Kofi nearly slipped and fell in paint that he'd thrown on the hood. In the middle of the top-of-the-line push, Kingston told us that his career flashed in front of his eyes.
"I go to slam (the bucket of paint), and I feel myself falling. It's like the Matrix. I'm like 'No! My career! No!' I stuck the pose, and it was really close. It could have went (down) really quick, but it went (up). No multiple cars, no multiple buckets of paint. It was a one time deal. There's no mirrors, I had to figure out ways to destroy it. I threw a crate into it, I used a crowbar to scratch up the paint job. Luckily it went the way that it was supposed to go and here we are ten years later, me and Randy going out there and doing it," Kingston recalled.
Things would go awry not long after, when Orton was none too pleased at a spot that didn't go his way. After a decade-long hiatus, the feud has continued.
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