Daniel Bryan is generally considered as one of the best superstars in WWE currently and is surely on the list of all-time greats to have stepped foot in the ring. However, Bryan’s influence in the current business goes outside of his in-ring performance as well, as the former WWE Champion is known to voice his opinions quite strongly.
Kofi Kingston recently appeared on the After The Bell podcast with Corey Graves and talked about how Bryan had a major influence behind his win at WrestleMania. According to the current SmackDown Tag-Team Champion, Bryan was supposed to have a different story leading to WrestleMania, but it was eventually dropped for the Kofi story.
“[Daniel Bryan] pushed for that to happen. The plans weren’t for me to be at WrestleMania. I’m not sure who it was for Daniel to face, but Daniel went in and went to bat for me and the situation and the title match for us to happen. He had a big part in it too. It’s a testament to his state of mind as far as advancing the business and doing the right thing for the people and best product,”
Kofi Kingston was a last-minute addition to the Elimination Chamber match, as he replaced the injured Mustafa Ali in the six-man match for the WWE Championship in February. Kingston went on to give a stellar performance in the match and came quite close to winning it, which kicked off a two-month chase for the title culminating at WrestleMania.
“I give a lot of credit to Daniel Bryan, who I think is legitimate, like a generational talent. It meant so much more because Bryan was so hot and Bryan is just so damn good in the ring, on the mic, with his character. He was so giving with the build to the story that it meant more.”
Kofi Kingston may have lost the title in less than 10 seconds, but he had a great run with the title, defeating the likes of Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens, and Randy Orton, in one of the strongest runs with the WWE Championship in recent memory.