It's been months since Kofi Kingston lost his WWE Championship to Brock Lesnar and the fan reaction over his loss has varied greatly.
A lot of that reaction was anger as Kingston lost the belt in a match against Lesnar that lasted only a few seconds. It ended Kingston's reign as champion that started all the way back in April at WrestleMania. In addressing that fan reaction, Kingston said he appreciates the passionate response and knows that there are wrestlers whose careers never reached the level of success he has had so he's fortunate having won the title to begin with.
He also notes that there isn't much that he can control when it comes to winning and losing the title and all he can do is keep going.
“I appreciate the passion [from the fans], I do,” Kingston told Yahoo Sports. “There are people who have careers that span years and they never have this kind of following, so I’m really fortunate to have that. It’s their right to be angry if they want to be angry, but it’s my job to keep moving forward. There’s a whole lot of stuff we don’t have control over, but we work with what we’re given, try to get a little bit more and claw your way back. It might not be a direct, linear path.”
Regardless of the aftermath of losing the WWE Championship, Kingston remained positive, saying he still gets to do what he loves doing and that is wrestling. Kingston added that he's not going to spend much time thinking back on his accomplishments while he's still performing.
“At the end of the day, I’m getting to do what I wanted to do as a kid. I get to go out and wrestle matches with WWE. The fact that I get to do that, I don’t like to pick [singles or tag-team wrestling], it’s all great. I’m just trying to enjoy the time that we’re having now. We have this tunnel vision to get back at the top of the mountain. We don’t want to sit back and rank what we’ve done or look at our accolades. When it’s all said and done and I hang up the boots, that’s when you look back and really appreciate what it is that you’ve done, look at your body of work and reminisce about the good times that you’ve had,” Kingston said.
Since losing the WWE Championship, Kingston made a return to tag team wrestling with fellow New Day member Big E, winning the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.