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Kofi Kingston Admits He Had A “Different Version” Of His Match With Brock Lesnar In Mind

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Kofi Kingston recently spoke with Sports Illustrated where he spoke about his WWE Championship loss against Brock Lesnar and his title reign as a whole.

Kingston’s six-month title run came to an end at the hands of the Beast in less than 10 seconds, and Kofi admitted he did have another version of that match in mind.


I will say this: It was actually closer to eight seconds, not six. Those two seconds are a big difference in track and field [laughing]. I was in the same boat as a lot of people. When I found out that it was going to end the way that it did, I had a different version. But at the end of the day, we are charged with going out and playing the role, and that’s really all we can do. I was so blessed to have had the WWE Championship. The way that it came about, everything was just so serendipitous. From me having to wait 11 years to get a single title shot, then I was finally able to achieve the dream against a guy like Daniel Bryan, who was in the very same role as me five years before, when the people were demanding he become WWE Champion.”

Kofi went on to discuss how important his run as champion was to prove that anything was possible to other people of color, and that is something he’s proud of.

“It’s one thing to say, ‘Anything is possible,’ but it’s another thing to say it’s possible because it happened. I take a lot of pride in being the guy that everyone can look to. Yes, it ended in eight seconds. But I was thankful that everything unfolded the way that it did. It was picture-perfect from the gauntlet match to the Elimination Chamber, all the way through what people called ‘KofiMania.’ I try not to dwell on the way that it ended. Six months is a very long title reign in this day and age, and I was able to motivate people and push people to be the best version of themselves. At the end of the day, that’s really all I want to do in this industry. I want to push people to follow their dreams, and I feel like I did a great job of that in that title reign. That’s what I focus on. I would have liked for it to end differently, but at the end of the day, you go out and do the job you’re asked to do.”

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Triple H Discusses If John Cena Will Be Involved At WWE WrestleMania 37

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The Road To WrestleMania is very much upon us, and with that comes plenty of rumors, and Triple H has spoken about one of those.

One name that is always brought up at this time of year for a possible appearance is John Cena. One of WWE’s greatest stars is no longer a full-time talent, but also has never retired from wrestling, leaving the door open for possible returns.


Cena has been a major presence at WWE WrestleMania ever since he first appeared, and he was last seen in WWE at WWE WrestleMania 36, where he lost the Firefly Fun House match against Bray Wyatt.

When Triple H was asked about the possibility of Cena coming back for WWE WrestleMania 37 by Sports Illustrated, The Game certainly left the door open for that to happen, admitting that if Cena can make it happen, he will be there.

“I won’t put words in John’s mouth, but I can speak to his passion, and it’s WWE and WrestleMania,” Triple H said. “Once you do this at a high level, and John does it at the highest, it’s very hard to put down. If there is a way for him to be there, he will be there.”

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Jinder Mahal Discusses His Upcoming Return & His Motivation

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Jinder Mahal will be back in the ring tonight for the WWE Superstar Spectacle, and he has spoken about his journey to recovery.

The former WWE Champion returned to WWE Raw back in 2020 after an injury, only to further aggravate it, forcing him to have surgery and take more time away from the ring.


He is going to be in the ring for the WWE Superstar Spectacle, marking his return in WWE’s major event for the Indian market. When speaking with Firstpost, Jinder Mahal discussed returning to the ring and how he has stayed motivated.

“Obviously it’s going to be the hashtag #ReturnOfTheMaharaja — I’m going to be coming back from injury, so looking to make an impact and establish myself again in the title scene.

“I’m still inspired, just like before, even more motivated than ever before. I want to have a long career in WWE and now that I’m realizing that I’m getting a little bit older, I’m 34 years old, I just have to take care of myself a little bit more. So now I’m doing more yoga, more recovery stuff, just staying on top of the recovery aspect.”

Mahal then discussed what the injury process has been like, before promising that he will return with the best version of himself.

“It was very tough… First time I’ve been injured, first time I’ve missed time away from WWE. So it was definitely hard at first. I went from being on the road, 200-plus days in a year performing every night to all of a sudden now I’m home, I’m just doing rehab every single day.

“But, I kind of challenged myself at rehab, every day I wanted to see the growth just like I challenged myself in WWE. Just like every match I wanted to get better, every day at rehab I wanted to get better and come back stronger. I was super motivated to come back. Obviously, WWE is my passion, is my life, is all I ever wanted to do.

“Every athlete goes through this, they just kind of stay motivated and put the work in rehab, in training, and you can always come back stronger and better than before,” added Mahal.

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Updated List Of WWE Royal Rumble Participants Following 1/25 Raw

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We’re in the home stretch to WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view and the final card is taking shape.

Prior to Monday Night Raw, it was confirmed that John Morrison and Sheamus will participate in the 30-man Rumble. Later during the show, Mustafa Ali announced his participation thanks to Kofi Kingston being out of action.


The biggest entrant announcement came when WWE Hall of Famer Edge announced he is returning from injury and will take part in the men’s Rumble for a second year in a row.

As of this writing, there were no announcements for the women other than that Charlotte Flair and Asuka will defend the WWE Tag Team Championship against Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax.

Below is the updated lineup.

WWE Royal Rumble
Sunday, January 31, 2021

30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Daniel Bryan, Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Otis, The Miz, Jey Uso, Cesaro, Jeff Hardy, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison, Sheamus, Mustafa Ali & Edge confirmed

30-Woman Royal Rumble Match
Nia Jax, Charlotte Flair, Bianca Belair, Bayley, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Peyton Royce, Alexa Bliss, Shayna Baszler, Tamina Snuka, Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan confirmed

WWE Championship Match
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Goldberg

Last Man Standing WWE Universal Championship Match
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Kevin Owens

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match
Charlotte Flair & Asuka (c) vs. Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax

Make plans to join us right here at ProWrestling.com this Sunday for complete Royal Rumble coverage.

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