WWE superstar Kofi Kingston is still coming back down to Earth after his WWE Championship win at WrestleMania, and during a recent interview with Newsweek, the New Day member spoke about several topics as he prepares for the most important run of his career.
Do you even recall winning at WrestleMania? Did time stand still, like it did for most of us watching?
It’s all a blur. To be honest, it was kind of just hazy. It’s just one of those things where you dream about being in that moment, on that stage, since I was a kid. To think that it actually came true, it’s finally starting to settle in now. With the Super Bowl and NBA Championship, [players] get the chance to be done the day after, and it lets them settle inn.
For me, I had RAW the next day and SmackDown and then a big travel day. But I finally got home a couple of days ago and now it’s really starting to sink in, the gravity of what happened. An amazing moment to be at the platform and to be in that ring. People on their feet, with all kinds of emotions, happy, tears in their eyes. It was incredibly surreal.
You talk about luck and look, there are now “smaller” guys like Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, yourself and AJ Styles as champions. What do you think of that trend?
I think it’s great. A group of guys who are not what you would think of when you think of a typical professional wrestler. You see a lot of smaller guys who can do some incredible things on top.
It’s funny, because I had an appearance with Shawn Michaels and Johnny Gargano and we were all talking about how when you’re smaller, you have to give it a bit extra. You have to fight a little bit harder and that much better and allow your talent to shine through. That’s been proven by guys like Shawn, guys like me—guys like Gargano or AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins—we take a lot of pride in being workhorses and just giving it everything we can and proving that size doesn’t matter. It’s really all about getting the people to believe in you and the harder you work, the better you become.
Superstar Billy Graham recently commented about your size. [Graham recently suggested on Facebook Kofi should use steroids to bulk up.] Do you have any response?
I’ve heard a few things through the grapevine. Honestly, I haven’t seen them myself. People can say whatever they want. But as long as they turn on the television, they will see me as champion. That’s really all that matters. And I don’t have a comment about people’s opinions. People are entitled to their own opinion as far as what a WWE Champion should be, but the fact is that I am WWE Champion and that’s a fact. It is what it is.