SmackDown Live star Kofi Kingston has made a statement via Twitter, opening up on the feelings that stem from having his title shot taken away from him this week.
The New Day member was set to face Daniel Bryan for the WWE Title at Fastlane this month after being named No.1 contender last week. But he was replaced by Kevin Owens on Tuesday, with the latter making his return to WWE action on the night.
Kofi has been riding a wave of fan support these last few weeks and the WWE Universe is calling for him to be given the recognition he deserves. Last week, it seemed like he had finally gotten himself to a position where he could feel like there was an opportunity to get his hands on some major hardware.
However, things have since taken a shocking turn, prompting the star to take to social media and admit that he shouldn't be surprised.
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"I needed to take a couple days to process what has actually happened," he tweeted on Thursday evening. "Shock, sadness, emptiness, frustration, anger, confusion are but a few feelings on a roller coaster of emotions.
"My entire career has been a series of ups and downs, starts and stops. I really shouldn't be surprised, but this one hurt. We came so close. And I say 'we' because this journey has been bigger than just me. It's Woods' journey, it's E's journey, it's every one of you who has followed and supported my career for the past 11 years.
"To have it all stripped away so suddenly is painful, to put it mildly. I appreciate you all more than you know and I thank you all for your love and support. Mark my words: We will be back. The journey does not end here."
What This Means
As disappointing as this seems, Kingston getting the rug pulled under him isn't all that bad. As we reported before, it's very likely that he actually gets that title shot at WrestleMania and there's also the possibility of him getting reinserted into what would be a triple threat match between himself, Owens and Bryan.
Bryan was always going to WrestleMania as champion so this is actually a great development as it will be a lot easier to leave the year's main event as champion than it would have been to emerge from Fastlane as one.