Kofi Kingston is proud of his run as the WWE Champion, but even he admitted that it didn't feel great losing the belt just seconds into a match against Brock Lesnar.
During an interview with Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT, Kingston spoke about that match against Lesnar, which took place in October on SmackDown's premiere episode on FOX. The match saw Kingston leap onto Lesnar with Lesnar catching him mid-air and then hitting the F-5 on him to win the title.
Kingston said it was a bit disheartening having to lose the title, his first world championship in WWE, in this manner.
"For me especially and anyone in this position as a WWE performer, I think we want to be the best and put on the best product we can and, yeah, it was a bit of a disappointment to go out there and have it go so quickly on the biggest night of SmackDown," Kingston said. "You know, we’ve been talking about this deal with FOX and I’ve been lucky to have been at the forefront of it all since the beginning. So, to have it end like that was a little bit disheartening but it is what it is what it is, it’s not like I can really do anything about it!"
Despite this, Kingston knows he just has to keep moving forward and not dwell on the one title loss. He mentioned Ric Flair and his numerous world titles as an example of someone who has won the title numerous times. The now-former WWE Champion hopes to have multiple reigns as champion, but for now, he's happy to have had a taste of being at the top of the mountain.
"You show up to work one day and it’s like ‘this is what’s going to happen and it’s like ‘OK’. This is our job. The thing about it though, they talk about Ric Flair being a 16-time champion, but you can’t be a 16-time world champion without losing it 15 times. I knew it wasn’t going to last forever. Hopefully there’s more reigns to come and for what the experience was, it was almost six months to the day and like you said, one of the longest reigns in recent history. So I’m just real fortunate to have done that and to have had so many great matches with such great competition, so I’m just glad to have experienced that," Kingston said.
The full interview between Kingston and talkSPORT can be read at this link.
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