Daniel Bryan: Former WWE Champion takes a dig at Kofi Kingston regarding the Tag-Team Division while reiterating his desire to main-event Wrestlemania as Tag-Team Champion.
Daniel Bryan was involved in the hottest feud heading into this year’s Wrestlemania. He was the WWE Champion, squaring off against Kofi Kingston, who was riding a huge and sudden wave of popularity.
One of Bryan’s Crowning achievement in his wrestling Career is headlining Wrestlemania 30. He was the fans chosen one at that time. Bryan’s storyline saw him rise against authority to beat Randy Orton and Dave Batista and became the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. 5 years later, Bryan was part of a similar storyline. Except this time, he was the man pushing the crowd favourite down.
In an interview with SportsIllustrated,
“Kofi talked about, in a negative connotation, that I don’t know what he’s been through because it took him 11 years in WWE to get a WWE championship match while I won my first WWE championship two years after being on TV. The difference is I spent the 10 years before that wrestling at high school gyms, wrestling in flea markets, sometimes wrestling in front of seven people, sometimes wrestling in front of thousands of people. That’s how I built up my experience.
He then criticised Kofi for being content with what he was given:
“A difference between Kofi and me is that Kofi has been content for 11 years to sit there and then wait to be given opportunities. From the second I came into WWE, my mission statement was, ‘I am here to main-event WrestleMania. I am here to become WWE champion and I am here to be the best. You never heard Kofi Kingston say that.”
WWE Tag Team Division
Kofi Kingston defeated Daniel Bryan at this years Wrestlemania to become the WWE Champion for the first time in his career. Bryan has since moved on in his career and is now the SmackDown Tag Team Champion with Erick Rowan.
The new champion claimed that the Tag Team Division in WWE is at it’s best at the moment; at least as far as the matches go. He credited The New Day, Uso’s, The Bar and The Revival for that.
Bryan reiterated his desire to main event Wrestlemania as the Tag Team Champion. He said that everybody was losing their minds over Women main eventing Wrestlemania. However, no one was even talking about Tag Teams main eventing Wrestlemania. Bryan took the opportunity to throw more shade at Kofi and blamed him for the predicament.
“It’s because Kofi Kingston has become tag team champion with so many different partners that people see him as one of the leaders of the tag team division. Especially his work in the New Day. Being a five-time champion, people in the tag division have looked up to Kofi. But because Kofi is not someone who knocked down the door and said, ‘Hey, we as the tag team division are putting on the most exciting matches, we’re going out there and doing incredible promo work and incredible segments, we should be in the main event of at least one pay-per-view! We should be in the main event of the SmackDown TV show! We should be aiming to main-event WrestleMania!’
“That’s my goal, but none of them say that because they’ve followed Kofi’s lead. So, people just sit here and wait to be handed main-event opportunities. That is not how the WWE works.”