Kofi Kingston lost the WWE Championship to Brock Lesnar on the first episode of SmackDown on FOX. It was a pretty heart-crushing defeat, with Kingston failing to last ten seconds.
The loss sparked a pretty big outrage among the fanbase, but Kingston believes it helped bring about a pretty great moment at the Royal Rumble. Not only that, but it’s because of Brock Lesnar that they could pull it off. In an interview with Alex McCarthy of talkSport, he said:
I think a lot of people don’t understand… You see Brock Lesnar on TV, you obviously see ‘The Beast.’ You see a man who is physically daunting, physically dominating, but he has an awesome mind for the business, and I feel he’ll never get that credit he deserves for that.
If Brock and I had more of a match at the debut of Smackdown on FOX, then the moment at the Rumble, people wouldn’t have gotten up as much as they did for it. It was great. It was a really great piece of a story for sure. Having myself and then, trying to fight and here comes my partner. And here comes Rey who had history with his son. I’m getting goosebumps just talking about it.
"He has an awesome mind for the business and I feel he'll never get the credit he deserves for that." pic.twitter.com/0RWXlMjBwV
— Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) April 30, 2020
Kingston confirmed that Lesnar indeed put their spot at the Rumble together, and stated that without him, Drew McIntyre’s win at the event wouldn’t have been as meaningful.