WWE superstar Kofi Kingston recently spoke to Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso to talk all things pro-wrestling, including Kingston praising his fellow New Day member, Big E. Highlights from the interview are below.
Believing Big E could be a future WWE champion:
Big E would make a great face of the company. He’s developed tremendously as a performer over the years. He is versatile in the ring, but also verbally on the mic. He’s able to entertain, he’s physical, he can do it all. To see Big E as WWE Champion or Universal Champion would be amazing.
Shooting down critics who say Big E doesn’t have personality:
I always laugh when people say that he doesn’t have personality, which was the knock on him back in the day. It’s unconscionable that anyone would even say that. There is nobody on the roster that has more personality than Big E, especially in the ring with the mic in his hand. The clamoring, the rumbling, it’s beginning, and it will continue. We are all pushing for it. When the time is right, I know that it will happen.
Not being afraid of WWE ladder matches:
I don’t get scared climbing, and I don’t get scared up there. The crowd definitely fuels you through ladder matches. You don’t feel pain when you’re out there. The adrenaline level is too high. It really isn’t until you get back to the hotel room and into the shower, then all of a sudden, the water starts running over these open cuts and bruises, and you feel it for days. I remember thinking once, ‘Why does the back of my hand hurt?’ And then remembering, ‘That’s right, someone smashed a ladder against it.
Working Money In The Bank Ladder matches at WrestleMania 25 & 26:
When I was told I was going to be in the match, I remember feeling it was a really special opportunity. WrestleMania was the only time you’d see those matches, and I’m always somebody that goes into a match thinking about how to be innovative. Edge and Christian, the Hardys, and the Dudleys made it really, really difficult because they had already established so many great, innovative ladder matches that had never been done before. Especially with it being so early in my career, this was a chance to really stand out and show everybody the innovation I could bring to the table.