Last year, Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan stole the show at WrestleMania 35, in a match that ended with Kingston winning the WWE championship. Kingston held the title for about six months, before dropping the gold in mere seconds to Brock Lesnar on WWE’s debut episode of SmackDown on FOX, in October 2019.
Kingston was immediately dumped right back into the mid-card (he wrestled and lost on the Survivor Series pre-show one month later), and he never received a rematch against Lesnar for the championship. The way WWE booked the end of Kingston’s championship reign is still a sore point for many fans. Big E and The Miz recently had a tense conversation about Kofi’s treatment on the relaunch of Talking Smack.
A former WWE writer has now chimed in on the situation. Dave Schilling took to Twitter and claimed that the important decision-makers in WWE did not believe in Kingston:
I was there. I saw it. No one who had any real sway believed in Kofi. https://t.co/hx1U03wKdF— Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) August 23, 2020
Schilling goes on to explain that the plan from day one of Kingston’s championship reign was to have him get squashed by Lesnar:
The plan was Kofi getting squashed by Brock from DAY ONE of his title reign. DAY ONE!— Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) August 23, 2020
Schilling made a similar claim about WWE’s plans for Kofi right when the title change took place, last October:
I’ve known Kofi was getting squashed by Brock Lesnar for months. Still hurts.— Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) October 5, 2019
This sounds awfully similar to frequent rumors in 2014 that Daniel Bryan’s reign as WWE champion coming out of WrestleMania 30 was always supposed to end in a squash at Lesnar’s hands at SummerSlam 2014. Instead, Bryan vacated the title due to injury in June, and John Cena was the WWE champion who was squashed by Lesnar at SummerSlam.
You know what, Cagesiders? I owe you an apology. Last week I foolishly claimed that SummerSlam would be worse without Brock Lesnar. It turns out that the show was just fine without The Beast, and stories like this remind me that as long as Vince McMahon is booking WWE’s product, Lesnar’s stale booking won’t change one bit.
Do you believe Schilling’s claim that WWE always planned for Kingston to be squashed by Lesnar?