By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston spoke with Brian Fritz of Sporting News and addressed Smackdown moving to Fox. “This feels different in the sense that it’s probably the biggest ordeal that we’ve had in WWE,” Kingston said. “For me, at least the last 11 years that I’ve been on the roster, this is huge, man. I think being mentioned in the same breath as the NFL and NASCAR, when you have Sunday football and Thursday Night Football and you have WWE commercials that are airing and people who I haven’t spoken to in probably 10, 15 years are calling me and sending me messages about ‘I just saw you on the football game’ and “Smackdown is going to be on Friday nights!’ It’s such a huge reach. I feel like WWE and Fox, the partnership, it goes hand in hand, like a hand in a glove.”
Kingston was also asked if he’s surprised that he’s still WWE Champion nearly six months after he won the title at WrestleMania. “Yeah, I wouldn’t say surprised by any means because you have to go out for every single performance and believe in yourself and take things one day at a time,” said Kingston. “I always joke around and say that I’m going to be champion until the end of time. Is that realistic? Probably not, because nobody’s done it yet (laughs). At some point in time, it will have to come to an end. But for the time that you are champion, you just keep on going. You just keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep on marching. That’s what I’ve been doing since April, just going out and trying to have the best matches I can possibly have, having the best performance that I can possibly have and being the best champion that I can possibly be. It’s really all about just taking everything one day at a time and try to be the best every single day.” Read the full interview at SportingNews.com.
Powell’s POV: Kingston will defend the WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar on tonight’s WWE Friday Night Smackdown premiere on Fox. Join me for live coverage as the show airs at 7CT/8ET, and Jake Barnett and I will co-host an audio review tonight exclusively for Dot Net Members. Kingston also discusses the balance between being a serious champion and doing New Day schtick, facing Lesnar in the past, and more.
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