Kofi Kingston achieved his dream by winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania and it was evident that he had to be patient and work hard for it. Dolph Ziggler, on the other hand, has been lounging through the mid-card for the majority of his career and has sprung up into the main event scene, only to fizzle out soon.
In a bid to hype their upcoming steel cage match at Stomping Grounds, Kingston spoke with Gamespot where he revealed his fondness of wrestling with Ziggler. He said:
“Honestly, Dolph is one of my favorite opponents, and I almost forgot how much I enjoyed competing against him,” Kingston said. “Over the past few weeks, I’ve been able to do so on some of the live events, and back in 2000, I think it was 2009 all the way through 2010, we wrestled each other every single week on Raw and Smackdown, and all the live events; probably a good 500 times. Now we get to go out and do it again after our careers have both gone in different directions, and now we come back and do it again for the WWE Championship, like that’s really what it’s all about.”
He also proceeded to compare their rivalry to the iconic one between WWE Hall Of Famers Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart, who also battled it out for the Intercontinental title at the start to move onto greater things eventually. Kingston stated:
“Back in the day, you had Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart going at it for the Intercontinental Championship, and then years, later they were doing the same thing for the WWE title as well,” Kingston said. “Not to put ourselves on the same level as those legends, but that’s really the way I like to think about it is, we were guys who were underrated, undersized, underappreciated, underused, undervalued, and somehow, someway we’ve been able to stay at it and for the past decade, and still be at the top of the game.
The member of The New Day concluded by commenting on his upcoming match where he will defend his WWE Championship in a steel cage match. He feels that he and Ziggler bring out the best in each other and expressed his excitement for the match.