Kofi Kingston Discusses Importance of Wrestling During Pandemic

When WWE got themselves declared an essential business so they could continue to operate during the coronavirus pandemic despite stay-at-home orders, many people laughed at the absurdity, while still others condemned the rampant corruption of WWE obtaining that exemption the same day Linda McMahon pledged to spend $18.5 million from her Republican super PAC in the state. But for Smackdown Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston, there is a certain importance in providing people with an escape from the horrors of daily life.

Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods, The New Day at the WWE For Your Consideration Event at the TV Academy Saban Media Center on June 6, 2018 in North Hollywood, CA. Editorial credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com
Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods, The New Day at the WWE For Your Consideration Event at the TV Academy Saban Media Center on June 6, 2018 in North Hollywood, CA. Editorial credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com

In an interview with Metro UK, Kingston talked about just that, saying, "I think now more than ever, smiles are needed – people need an escape. You turn on the news and you all hear is something about the virus, and then this happened and that happened! 'There's all this panic. Being able to be a performer in these times, you are able to just help people forget, even if it's temporary, even if it's that two hours for SmackDown or three hours for Raw.

"There's all this panic. Being able to be a performer in these times, you are able to just help people forget, even if it's temporary, even if it's that two hours for SmackDown or three hours for Raw," Kingston continued. "People forget about what's going on, and yeah it's strange that we're doing it out there with no crowd, but at the same time you're not thinking about the worries that you have in your life."

In the rest of the interview, Kingston discusses the difficulty of explaining the coronavirus pandemic to his children. To that end, WWE is working with a charity called NSPCC which amongst other things is offering telephone counseling and resources to children and parents to help cope with the pandemic. Read the full interview with Kofi Kingston at Metro.UK here.

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