Big E Admits He Was ‘Irate’ Over Kofi Kingston’s 9-Second Title Loss


The New Day recently appeared on the After The Bell podcast where they spoke about Kofi Kingston losing the WWE Championship in detail. Below are some highlights with a H/T to for the transcriptions.

Many fans weren’t happy about the fact that Kofi Kingston didn’t seem mad about the fact he lost the title, and he addressed those complaints.

“A lot of people will be on my social media and be like, ‘Kofi, you’re out there and acting like you don’t care. Did you forget you were the champion?’ I’m like, you’re asking my on-screen character to be angry like it was my real character,” said Kofi. “The reality, I’m on-screen, I’m a good guy who lost in eight seconds. As far as making a case for a rematch, what would my character have to say? You’re wanting my real-life character to take on this anger and be mad with what happened on-screen. It’s a weird conundrum. For me, personally, I’ve always approached this business as someone who is trying to move forward. You can’t dwell on one day. There’s been a lot of days that have been ‘negative,’ for lack of a better term. If you dwell on those, you’re miserable and don’t want to come to work. For me, I’m just trying to push forward. It’s a waste of time to dwell on the negative aspect of things. I appreciate the passion people have, but I’m puzzled by the anger some people have towards me because I’m not the one making those decisions.”

While Kingston was able to make peace with the decision, Big E revealed he was irate when he found out how the title change was going to go down.

“Kofi is a lot more level-headed than maybe anyone else I’ve ever met in the business. I was irate when I found out about it. I think that’s a testament to Kofi. Very few people would have that same approach and be able to move on and not have this feeling of sour grapes,” he said.

Xavier Woods stated that he understood people being mad, but he hopes people see the bigger picture of the title reign.

“Especially when you take into account the importance of Kofi winning the title and how it came about. The whole story was incredible and inspiring to so many people. For it to end the way it did, I can understand the frustration people have, but I feel like the anger is possibly misplaced. We want to make sure people are taking a look at the larger picture.”