Kofi Kingston Comments on Being WWE Champion, Randy Orton Rivalry, Smackdown on FOX and More

Kofi Kingston has been the WWE Champion since WrestleMania 35 in April and during his five months as champion, his popularity has grown. Heading into WWE Clash of Champions on Sunday, Kingston was interviewed by FoxNews.com about a number of different subjects. Here are some highlights of that.

On what it means to be the WWE Champion:

“It means the world, especially when we talk about representation being so important. For me to be the first African-born WWE Champion is incredible because now, people who look like myself can look at TV and see on WWE television that anything is possible because I’m doing it.”

On his rivalry with Randy Orton ten years ago and its continuation to WWE today:

“It was a very real thing, not a storyline thing when Randy Orton didn’t want me to get to a certain point in WWE. As you saw 10 years ago, I was kind of on the rise and logic would suggest that I would have become champion based on the run I was having at the time and Randy Orton put a stop to all of that.”

“The best angles and the best stories always hinge on reality. Throughout the history of WWE, all the best storylines have a little touch of what’s real behind them. For me, this is very, very real. Everyone is having a great time with the story and so am I, but there’s a very real level to it too — very important part.”

On WWE Smackdown moving to FOX on Fridays in October: 

“It’s a big step for us. Fox is huge and for WWE to be on Fox, it’s an honor for us to be there. There’s going to be a lot of cross promotion, you’re going to be seeing WWE Superstars in a lot of different places, especially when Fox opens up that door. And I think we also, WWE, brings a different demographic to Fox’s table as well, so I think it’s a perfect partnership and we’re all excited for it.”

Kofi also talked about how well NXT has done as its own brand with their move to USA Network and also his connection with the fans. Check it out on FoxNews here.