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WWE's Kofi Kingston Compares His Feud With Dolph Ziggler To Legendary WWE Rivalry

"It's a story that's a lot deeper than just the physical steel cage match."

This Sunday, Stomping Grounds is coming to the WWE Network, and the latest PPV from the sports entertainment giant sees two fan favorites battling for a championship. WWE Champion Kofi Kingston faces another veteran, Dolph Ziggler, inside a steel cage. Both of these superstars have put on stellar performances over the years, and once again, fans should get an exciting match.

This Sunday's steel cage match for the WWE Championship is a daunting task for Kingston, as he's up against another veteran superstar just as athletic as he is. "Honestly, Dolph is one of my favorite opponents, and I almost forgot how much I enjoyed competing against him," Kingston told GameSpot. "Over the past few weeks, I've been able to do so on some of the live events, and back in 2000, I think it was 2009 all the way through 2010, we wrestled each other every single week on Raw and Smackdown, and all the live events; probably a good 500 times. Now we get to go out and do it again after our careers have both gone in different directions, and now we come back and do it again for the WWE Championship, like that's really what it's all about."

Kingston sees this rivalry with "The Showoff" and the types of wrestlers they both are comparative to two other iconic WWE superstars from the past. "Back in the day, you had Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart going at it for the Intercontinental Championship, and then years, later they were doing the same thing for the WWE title as well," Kingston continued. "Not to put ourselves on the same level as those legends, but that's really the way I like to think about it is, we were guys who were underrated, undersized, underappreciated, underused, undervalued, and somehow, someway we've been able to stay at it and for the past decade, and still be at the top of the game.

"It's a story that's a lot deeper than just the physical steel cage match. It's the whole journey that we've been through over the past decade of trying to get to this point, and now we can finally do it in the steel cage at Stomping Grounds, it's going to be awesome. It's going to be a war between us, but from a performer's perspective I can't wait, I can't wait. I feel like we bring out the best in each other, and the real winners are going to be the fans that get to witness us go at it toe-to-toe, so I'm pretty excited about it."

Without a doubt, Kingston vs. Ziggler is one of the most anticipated matches on the card, and you can see the battle between them yourselves, when Stomping Grounds comes to the WWE Network on June 23 at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT. We're predicting that Kingston will come out on top.

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Mat Elfring

Mat Elfring is GameSpot's Entertainment News Editor, and been with the site since 2015. With 10 years experience as an entertainment journalist, Mat covers movies, TV shows, streaming services, and more. He is also the co-host, co-producer, and editor of GameSpot's professional wrestling podcast Wrestle Buddies, which covers nostalgic moments from WWE, WCW, AEW, and more--with a comedic spin. Mat lives in Chicagoland, where he spends his days planning very weird D&D campaigns.

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