Prior to Wrestlemania 36, WWE Superstar Kofi Kingston was interview by Fightful where he spoke about his relationship with CM Punk.
CM Punk who has wrestled for over seven years now, did return last year to WWE television on “WWE Backstage” via an exclusive Fox Sports contract. During his sporadic appearances on the show, Punk has only had a light feud with Seth Rollins which only spilled over into Twitter.
Still many are hoping that one day CM Punk will return to a WWE ring, and one active wrestler in particular, Kofi Kingston is glad Punk is back. “I’m glad to see him get the gig with Fox and kind of be back in the fold. It seems to me that he found a sense of happiness and that’s what I want for him to be happy. So as long as he is happy and enjoying life, then I’m happy for him and I always will be.”
Throughout the time Punk was an active wrestler for the WWE, he and Kingston formed a bond in which Kingston till this day is grateful for.
“We spent so much time together, I’ll always consider him to be one of my brothers. He’s a guy that took me under his wing when he didn’t have to. I’ll never forget the time that I was nervous getting ready for a match. I’m doing pushups to get the nerves out and I see some wrestling shoes kind of walk up and I look up and it’s Punk and he’s giving me all kinds of advice and over the years we’ve become really, really good friends,” said Kofi to Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.
Eventually Punk and Kingston would form a tag team. On October 27, 2008, the unlikely pairing would also win the WWE Tag Team titles, as they deafeated Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes.
“I’ll always be grateful for the time that we had. He’ll always be my brother regardless of what happens from this point forward,” said Kingston.
Despite Punk’s fallout with the WWE, Kingston’s view on CM Punk will never change. “I’ll always consider him to be my brother,” Kofi explains. “So whatever happened between him and the company for him to feel the need to do that, I don’t know. That’s between him and the company, you know what I am saying?”
“I’ll always be grateful for the time that we had. He’ll always be my brother regardless of what happens from this point forward.”
Kofi Kingston has not spoken to CM Punk since his departure from the WWE. But, Punk’s choice to distance himself from many within the company including Kingston, still does not affect Kofi’s outlook on Punk.
“As far as our relationship goes, I have no sour grapes, like a lot of people were kind of mad that they got cut off, but that’s where he was in his life. You have to afford people that space to be where they feel like they need to be. That’s just part of life and personal growth and that’s what life is all about: growing. That’s just kind of where he needed to be at.”