Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton have a long history, dating back to their feud in 2010. Over a decade later, the two remain at the top of the company and continue their battles on WWE Raw.
On the May 17 episode of WWE Raw, Kingston scored a victory over Orton, giving him the last laugh, for now, in their rivalry.
While the two have raged war on-screen, Kofi has nothing but positive things to say about Orton off-camera.
“The whole premise of ‘who is the best’ [is] really subjective – it’s just what you like,” explained Kofi in an interview with Matty Paddock of the Daily Star. "As far as Randy is concerned, I think he has the ability to do so many things so well. A lot of people think that because he doesn’t do a lot of moves, he’s not good, but that’s simply not true. The industry is not about the moves; it is about being able to connect with the crowd and express what you’re thinking without saying things a lot – to make people watch you. If you watch Randy move around the ring, he moves so slowly and every step has a purpose – you can’t take your eyes off him, yet he doesn’t ‘do’ anything, right? To be able to do that is an absolute talent."
Kofi continued by saying, "Now he’s the guy who has the most experience on the roster – I can’t think of anyone currently has more experience than him, so you have to respect that. He has the respect of a lot of people in a lot of different ways. He’s changed in a lot of ways, too, and I think you see that personal growth. In my mind he is already a Hall of Famer. I would never tell any of this to him as he’d never let me live any of it down! So he’ll never hear that come out of my mouth, but I can’t sit here and lie to you and say he’s not up there because he definitely is.”
Kingston is set to battle Drew McIntyre on the May 31 episode of WWE Raw where the winner will challenge Bobby Lashley for the WWE Title at WWE Hell in a Cell.
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