Yet despite a game with Randy Orton earlier in the night, Kingston ended up victorious. Lashley dominated most of the fight, but McIntyre appeared in the dying moments and punched Lashley in the face with the MVP cane, giving Kingston the chance to roll the champion to victory.
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Kingston experienced a wave of momentum in early 2019 (dubbed KofiMania), which culminated in challenging Daniel Bryan to WrestleMania 35 and winning the WWE Championship for the first time in his career. And while the six-month reign that followed was hampered by weak challengers, Kingston maintained his fan-favorite status while dominating the main event stage on SmackDown. However, Kingston’s time in the limelight was abruptly cut short when he dropped the title to Brock Lesnar in seconds when SmackDown premiered on FOX in October 2019, and never gave the chance for a rematch. and was not even able to express his anger over the loss on television.
“It’s weird too, a lot of people will be on my social media like, ‘Well Kofi, you act like you don’t care, man. Did you forget that you were the champion? Well, you’re asking my onscreen character to be angry like he’s my real character, ”Kingston said on After the bell in December 2019. “I just feel like it’s one of those things where it is. And the reality [is] onscreen I’m a good guy who lost in eight seconds, so when it comes to arguing for a rematch, what would my character have to say? “Give me another chance, Brock!” I lost in eight seconds but I’ll get you next [time]! ‘You want my real character to take that anger and be mad at the way it’s been on screen. It is this strange enigma.
“I appreciate people’s passion, but I’m baffled by people’s anger towards me because I’m not the one making all of these decisions,” he added.
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