Earlier this month, former WWE Champion Superstar Billy Graham made Old Man Yells At Cloud-style headlines when he watched Kofi Kingston win the big one in one of the main events of WrestleMania 35, called it a “joke,” and “urged” Kingston to “do some steroids.”
The exact quote, just so you know I’m not misrepresenting anyone:
“Notice the word ‘Heavyweight’ in his Title…so my man, I urge you to start doing some steroids and add about 50 pounds of solid muscle to your championship body.”
Kingston’s been too busy, you know, being WWE Champion to address Graham’s advice and fantasy booking, but he finally opened up about his point of view in an interview with Newsweek. It’s a much more diplomatic response than ours would’ve been, and which would’ve probably involved the phrase, “Big Poppa Oxygen Pump.”
“I heard a few things through the grapevine. Honestly, I haven’t seen them myself. People can say whatever they want. But as long as they turn on the television, they will see me as champion. That’s really all that matters, and I don’t have a comment about people’s opinions. People are entitled to their own opinion as far as what a WWE Champion should be, but the fact is that I am WWE Champion and that’s a fact. It is what it is.”
That’s all you can say, isn’t it? He also shared his thoughts on being the first African-born WWE Champion, which we hope Billy Graham does not have additional thoughts on.
“It’s so important to have representation for all races on TV. All people, from all walks of life. So when other people look at the television screen they can see and identify with that person doing great things. It’s very powerful and motivating and inspiring. So for me to be the inspiration for kids who look like me, for kids from any race who have struggled or continues to struggle or have any obstacles to overcome, I take a lot of pride in being that beacon of hope. I take pride in being the guy that people can look up to and believe in themselves because of what I’ve done. So it’s an honor to be in that role and represent so many people. I want to be the true champion of the people, and I take a lot of pride in having that role.”
Join us again next week for discussion on how you can’t have pride in yourself unless you can squat 600 pounds.