Kofi Kingston Was 'Way More Nervous' For Big E's WWE Title Win Than His Own
Big E cashed in on Bobby Lashley last week on Monday Night Raw
Kofi Kingston has revealed he was 'was more nervous' for Big E becoming WWE Champion than he was when he won the Title himself at WrestleMania 35.
Big E cashed in his Money In The Bank contract on the September 13 episode of Raw to win the WWE Title from Bobby Lashley, becoming the second member of the New Day to hold the company's most prestigious championship.
The 35-year-old was joined for his celebrations by Kingston and Xavier Woods, in a similar manner to how he and Woods celebrated with Kingston when he defeated Daniel Bryan for the Title at WrestleMania in 2019.
Kingston says he was more nervous for his friend's success than his own.
Speaking with Sports Illustrated, Kingston said: "I haven’t run that fast in a decade. It was uncontrollable excitement. It was such an emotional day. I’ve been around the business long enough to know you don’t celebrate anything until it actually happens.
"Throughout the day, I had this energy in body, but I was scared to let it out. Something could have changed, and I didn’t want to jinx anything. When it actually happened, all that energy came pouring out.
"I was way more nervous watching E’s match than I was during my own at WrestleMania a few years ago. It’s one thing to see somebody work for something and grow and then finally attain the highest point of their profession, but it’s a whole other thing when you know that person deeply and personally.
"Myself, Woods and E, we are all brothers. I’ve watched E grow so, so much. He took this opportunity to be a wrestler and ran with it. He has never rested on his laurels. He’s always getting better, whether it’s on the mic, his physical shape or in the ring. He never holds back or takes a night off. He always prides himself in getting better.
"So it’s amazing to think where he started and see where he is now. It’s an inspiration. He wanted this, and he put in the work every step of the journey—and he did it. Everything happened the way it was supposed to. It was such a big moment for all of us."