Born In: Kumasi, Ghana
Kofi Kingston is a Ghanaian-American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE under the SmackDown brand, and is a member of ‘The New Day’ group with Big E and Xavier Woods. With multiple championships to his credit, he was ranked the 20th best wrestler by ‘Pro Wrestling Illustrated’ (PWI) in 2013. He has several signature moves that include double backhand chop, flying forearm smash, and somersault plancha. Passionate about wrestling from childhood, he gave up his corporate job to sign with WWE. In the initial days of his career, he promoted himself as being from Jamaica and not from Ghana, as he believed that people would readily accept a person from the land of the famous singer-songwriter, Bob Marley. However, he has now dropped the Jamaican story, and has confirmed that he is from Ghana. Initially, his fans did not accept his group ‘New Day’ with open arms, but soon its appearance on RAW became a highlight of the show. In fact, ‘New Day’ became the longest-reigning tag team champion in WWE history.
Also Known As: Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah
Spouse/Ex-: Kori Campfield
father: Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah
mother: Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah
siblings: Kwame Sarkodie-Mensah, Nana Akua Sarkodie-Mensah
Born Country: Ghana
Ancestry: Ghanaian American
Grouping of People: Black Wrestler
education: Boston College
He made his wrestling debut in 2006, when he faced Tony Omega on February 24 at ‘Chaotic Wrestling.’ Next, he faced Evan Siks on June 4 for the ‘PWF Mayhem Heavyweight Championship.’
He had a tryout at his wrestling school in Boston where some of the WWE producers were present. They liked his performance and invited him to Atlanta to wrestle in ‘Deep South Wrestling’ (DSW). In September 2006, he signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to DSW. His first match as ‘Kofi Nahaje Kingston’ was against Montel Vontavious Porter on September 21.
On the October 27, 2008, Raw episode, CM Punk and Kingston won the ‘World Tag Team Championship.’ The duo lost the championship to John Morrison and The Miz in December that year.
Meanwhile, on the October 12, 2009, episode of Raw, he qualified to wrestle for Team Raw at ‘WWE Bragging Rights’ after defeating Evan Bourne. However, Team Raw lost the match. He then led his ‘Survivor Series’ team to victory against Orton's team.
On the March 22, 2010, episode of Raw, he defeated Vladimir Kozlov to qualify for the ‘Money in the Bank’ ladder match at ‘WrestleMania XXVI,’ which he eventually lost. On April 26, he was drafted to the SmackDown brand. In his first match, he defeated Chris Jericho.
At ‘Over the Limit,’ he defeated McIntyre, and won the ‘Intercontinental Championship.’ At ‘Fatal 4 Way,’ he defended the ‘Intercontinental Championship’ against Drew McIntyre. On July 18, at ‘Money in the Bank,’ he lost the ‘SmackDown Money in the Bank’ ladder match.
On December 3, 2010, SmackDown, he defeated Jack Swagger, but failed to win back the ‘Intercontinental Championship.’ On January 7, 2011, SmackDown, he defeated Ziggler to become the Intercontinental champion once again.
On March 25, 2011, SmackDown, Kofi Kingston lost the ‘Intercontinental Championship’ to Wade Barrett. However, on the April 1st episode of SmackDown, he won a match against Barrett. On April 26, 2011, he was sent to the Raw brand. On May 1, he defeated Sheamus in a ‘Tables Match’ and won his second ‘US Championship.’
On August 22, 2011, Raw, he won the ‘WWE Tag Team Championship’ with Evan Bourne by defeating David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty. On April 30, 2012, Raw, he and R-Truth defeated Primo and Epico to win the ‘WWE Tag Team Championship.’ At ‘Over the Limit,’ he and R-Truth defended the title against Ziggler and Swagger.
At the 2012, ‘Money in the Bank,’ he and Truth defeated Hunico and Camacho. In the subsequent episode of Raw, they defended their ‘WWE Tag Team Championship’ against ‘Prime Time Players.’
At TLC, he defended his title against Barrett. On December 31, Raw, he lost the ‘Intercontinental Championship’ to Barrett. On April 12, 2014, SmackDown, he defeated Antonio Cesaro. On Raw, he defeated Cesaro to win his third ‘US Championship.’
At ‘Extreme Rules,’ he and Big E defeated Tyson Kidd and Cesaro to win the ‘WWE Tag Team Championship.’ Kingston entered the ‘Royal Rumble’ match for ‘WWE World Heavyweight Championship,’ but was eliminated by Chris Jericho. In 2016, Kingston, Xavier Woods, and Big E (the New Day) became the longest-reigning ‘WWE Tag Team Champions’ in the history of WWE.
In January 2018, at the ‘Royal Rumble,’ Kingston entered the match as the 16th entrant, but was eliminated by Andrade "Cien" Almas.
Kofi Kingston married actress Kori Campfield in 2010, and share two sons and a daughter.
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