WWE's Kofi Kingston on CM Punk, Walking Dead, The WWE Network, and His Royal Rumble Escapes

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You went bowling with CM Punk, AJ Lee, and Fandango against Chris Hardwick from The Talking Dead not too long ago for an episode of the Nerdist, right?
Yeah, it was me, him, Fandango and AJ, and we took on the Nerdist guys, and honestly, we had the match in the bag the entire time. It wasn't up until the last two frames that they ended up coming out on top. But it was a great experience and there was a lot of good food, including good nachos, involved. We had a good time and that's what it's all about.

Are you a regular bowler or was that something you just did for the video?
I've probably bowled about five times in the past eight years. So, no, actually. Well, you know what? They didn't show on the video that I was actually the leading scorer for our team, so I actually think I did really well for a guy who doesn't bowl. I might actually need to take it up.

Maybe if the wrestling thing doesn't work out. So you got to go against Chris Hardwick from The Talking Dead, right?
Yeah. All those guys. It was great.

You're a pretty big fan of The Walking Dead.
Yes, a huuuge fan. Actually, I got into The Walking Dead comics from Punk. He actually recommended it to me and then when the show came out it was awesome. [Punk] actually got a chance to be on The Talking Dead. It was great just being able to meet those guys and Walking Dead is definitely one of the best shows on TV right now.

The new episodes are starting, right?
I have no idea. Hopefully they start soon. These mid-season finales, man, they kill me. I know its like they'll be starting up a new season but they make you wait twice. Between that and Breaking Bad, I don't know man. I don't like it. I get it. I understand they want to build the anticipation and it's working, but it's got me on the edge of my seat waiting, just champing at the bit.

Since the WWE Superstars work Sunday nights, how do you catch the show?
We have a few different options, like downloading it from iTunes. The toughest thing is staying off the social media because a lot of people are on there talking about it like right after it happens, so we always have to find a way to avoid spoilers, which is one of the bad things about social media is that it is so up and coming and cutting edge.

Speaking of streaming media and such, what's your take on the new WWE Network that launches this month?
Well, it's definitly a huge, huge deal for us. We've been trying to get this network off the ground, it's finally going to happen. There's going to be a lot of content, I can tell you that straight up -- high flyers, the Attitude Era and just the history of the business and the future. They have so many ideas and so many different concepts that I think a lot of people are going to look forward to getting to see -- just a different side of WWE superstars and the WWE in general and how it's presented. And it's really inexpensive, like $10 a month, and you get so much material, including pay-per-views, for that amount.

So do WWE Superstars like yourself get the network for free or will you have to buy a membership?
I hope that maybe we can swing something, maybe get some sort of corporate discount. [laughs] I got to find the right people to talk to. Even then, like I said, it's pretty inexpensive.

The WWE Network launches on February 23.

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