Inspirational Stories: KING OF WWE: KOFI KINGSTONE

WWE has always been a sport many people watch with excitement and goosebumps at the same time due to its brutality. The recent stand-out of the wrestling scene is perhaps the most fun to watch: Kofi Kingston.

His real name is Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah. Shortly after he was born in 1981 in Ashanti, Ghana, he relocated to the United States with his parents. He attended high school and college in Boston.

He started to develop an interest in wrestling, which became a passion for him.

So, he decided to pursue a career in that direction. Then, he registered at a wrestling school where his performance was witnessed by WWE producers who invited him to Atlanta’s Deep South Wrestling.

In 2007, he relocated to Florida to compete at the Florida Championship Wrestling where he won against several local wrestlers and kept the Undefeated title for months.

His WWE debut was in 2008 at the 24-man battle royal during WrestleMania XXIV which got cut short when he got eliminated early on.

In the international scene, he fought against and defeated Chris Jericho during the Intercontinental Championships, followed by winning a World Tag Team Championship alongside CM Punk.

He was also qualified to compete in the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber but eliminated shortly afterward.

Kofi won his second and third Intercontinental Championship during the 2010-2011 periods. At the same time, he won WWE Tag Team Championship alongside Evan Bourne. He went on to win the same championship for the fourth time.

In 2014, he formed a trio with two other wrestlers under the name “The New Day.” The team won the Tag Team Championship and held the title for a record-breaking time for almost 1.5 years.

Due to his outstanding performance with the New Day, he also achieved solo records having spent the highest amount of time as a Tag Team Champion.

Despite his contribution to Tag Team Championship, he wasn’t as lucky in competing for the WWE Championship until 2019. His most challenging opponent was Daniel Bryan, who was a former WWE Champion.

After numerous defeats and victories, he finally earned the right to have a final match against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35.

Defeating Bryan, he won the WWE Championship for the first time in his career. He also became the first African-born wrestler to win this title as well as the titles of Triple Crown and Grand Slam Champion.

He currently holds all of these titles although he has been challenged quite regularly by wrestlers such as Dolph Ziggler at Super ShowDown.

His fame helped him to get minor roles on media including the Youtube Channel of fellow WWE Champion Xavier Woods and some small parts in Disney XD series such as Kickin’ It.

Finally – after a full 26 years of break – Kingston has recently paid a visit to his home country, Ghana, where he stayed for four days. His arrival in Accra welcomed with warm greetings of fans and the government.

His Ghana trip has marked for a documentary that is currently under production by WWE.

According to stories and posts he shared on social media, he seemed very exhilarated by the trip as he got to meet the president, talk to his fans (especially the kids). 

He also stated that the support he gained from his supporters in Ghana made him more motivated to carry on with his career while trying to improve the well-being of the people of Ghana in the meantime.

 

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