It helps to have supportive friends. WrestleMania has changed a lot over the years. What was once the grandest spectacle of the year and a place where the big stories cane to an end is still the grandest spectacle of the year, but now the show is centered around having a WrestleMania moment. That can make things feel very forced at times, but when they work, the magic is right there for everyone to see. It was on display this year, and there was a reason for that.

One of the biggest stories coming into WrestleMania 35 was Kofi Kingston’s chase of the WWE Championship. Despite being in WWE for over ten years and having more titles than almost anyone in company history, Kingston had never received a one on one shot at the WWE Championship. He came close in the Elimination Chamber in February and now it was clear that he needed to get the big shot at Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35. It turns out that someone important agreed.

I’d call it special. Check out the title match at WrestleMania 35:

Kingston appeared on the latest episode of WWE’s After The Bell podcast and talked about the build to his match with Bryan, saying that Bryan himself was the one who pushed for the match to take place. Bryan was originally scheduled to face someone else at the show but lobbied to face Kingston instead, setting the match and title change up. Kingston praised Bryan for being a “generational talent” and for giving him such a chance.

Spoken like a champion. Check out Bryan’s rant against Kingston:

Opinion: The more I hear about Bryan, the more impressed I am by everything that he does. This is the kind of thing that makes him come off like one of the nicest, most selfless guys in wrestling. Kingston isn’t some rookie who is getting his first big break. He’s an established veteran who is getting what he deserves after all these years. It takes someone special to give him that chance and Bryan fits the description to perfection.

What did you think of the match? Will Kingston ever get the title back? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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