Kofi Kingston Biography

Kofi Kingston is a Ghanaian-American professional wrestler. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about his life.

Quick Facts

Birthday: August 14, 1981

Nationality: American

Famous: Wrestlers American Men

Age: 38 Years, 38 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Leo

Also Known As: Kofi

Born in: Kumasi, Ghana

Famous as: Wrestler

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Kori Campfield

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education: Boston College

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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. Holding 12 championships to his credit, he was ranked as the 20th best wrestler by PWI in 2013. He has several signature moves and finishing moves, and his famous signature styles 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 the wannabe WWE Raw superstar believed that people would readily accept a person from the land of the famous singer-songwriter, Bob Marley. However, now he has 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 champions in WWE history.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah was born on August 14, 1981, in Kumasi, Ghana, to Elizabeth and Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah. His brother is Kwame, and his sister was Nana Akua, who passed away in 2015.
  • His family moved to the US when he was young. He attended Winchester High School, Massachusetts. He got his degree in communication from Boston College.
  • Ever since he was a kid, he wanted to wrestle. So he gave up his corporate job to follow his dream.
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  • 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 PWF Mayhem Heavyweight Championship.
  • He had a tryout at his wrestling school in Boston where some WWE producers were present. They liked his performance, and invited him to Atlanta to 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 with Montel Vontavious Porter on September 21.
  • Till early 2007, he was with DSW and Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he was in a tag team with Harry Smith. In later 2007, he was placed in the WWE roster, and fought two matches against Charlie Haas and Trevor Murdoch.
  • In June 2007, at the Florida Championship Wrestling, he teamed with Eric Pérez against Keith Walker and Rycklon Stephens. He worked there till the end of the year.
  • On January 22, 2008, he debuted at ECW as a face with a win over David Owen in Charlottesville. Mark Henry eliminated him at WrestleMania XXIV pre-show. He fought a match with Shelton Benjamin in April 2008, where he was defeated. But he won against Benjamin in an Extreme Rules match in June.
  • In 2008, as a member of the Raw roster, Kofi Kingston defeated Chris Jericho for Intercontinental Championship. He held the championship until SummerSlam, where he and Mickie James lost their championships to Beth Phoenix and Santino Marella in a tag team match.
  • On the October 27, 2008 Raw episode, CM Punk and Kingston won World Tag Team Championship. The duo lost the championship to John Morrison and The Miz in December the same year.
  • Kofi Kingston defeated Chris Jericho and earned a spot in Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania XXV. He defeated Montel Vontavious Porter on June 1, 2009 Raw and won the US Championship. After defending the title for several months, he eventually lost the championship to The Miz on October 5 Raw.
  • On October 12, 2009 episode of Raw, he qualified to Team Raw at WWE Bragging Rights after defeating Evan Bourne. However, Team Raw lost the match. He led his Survivor Series team to victory against Orton's team.
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  • Kofi and Orton wrestled at TLC, where he lost. On January 4, 2010 Raw episode, he was once again defeated by Orton. On February 1 Raw, he won a match by defeating the Big Show and advanced to the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match. He, however, failed to win the match. On February 22 Raw, he teamed up with Yoshi Tatsu and Evan Bourne, and won against Cody Rhodes, Randy Orton, and Ted DiBiase in a six-man tag team match.
  • On the March 22, 2010 Raw episode, 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 a four-man tournament for Intercontinental Championship, he defeated Dolph Ziggler in the first match and Christian in the finals, and won his second Intercontinental Championship on May 14, 2010 SmackDown. But due to some dispute, he was stripped of the Intercontinental Championship soon after.
  • At Over the Limit, he defeated McIntyre, and won his second Intercontinental Championship. At Fatal 4 Way, he defended the Intercontinental Championship against Drew McIntyre. But on July 18 at Money in the Bank, he lost the SmackDown Money in the Bank ladder match.
  • On October 15 Smackdown, he defeated Drew McIntyre and got a spot on Team SmackDown at Bragging Rights. His team won the 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.
  • On March 25, 2011 SmackDown, Kofi Kingston lost the Intercontinental Championship to Wade Barrett, but on April 1 SmackDown, he won the match against him. On April 26, 2011, he was sent back to Raw brand, and on May 1, he defeated Sheamus in a Tables Match and won his second US Championship.
  • On the May 9 Raw, he defended his championship against Jack Swagger. But at WWE Capitol Punishment, he lost the title to Ziggler.
  • On August 22, 2011 Raw, he won 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 and won WWE Tag Team Championship. At Over the Limit, he and R-Truth defended the titles against Ziggler and Swagger.
  • At the 2012 Money in the Bank, he and Truth defeated Hunico and Camacho. At the next Raw, they defended WWE Tag Team Championship against Prime Time Players.
  • At SummerSlam, they defeated Prime Time Players and retained the WWE Tag Team Championship. At Night of Champions, they lost the Tag Team Championship to the team of Daniel Bryan and Kane. After a series of defeats, Truth and Kingston were disbanded as a team.
  • In October 2012, Kingston defeated Miz twice, and won the Intercontinental Championship. On SmackDown that month, he defeated Damien Sandow to retain the Intercontinental Championship.
  • 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 and won the third US Championship.
  • On May 19, 2014, he lost US Championship to Dean Ambrose. On August 5 Raw, he defeated Fandango, and on September 6 SmackDown, he defeated Curtis Axel.
  • At Extreme Rules, he and Big E defeated Tyson Kidd and Cesaro to win the WWE Tag Team Championships. Kingston entered the Royal Rumble match for WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but was eliminated by Chris Jericho. In 2016 WWE draft, he, along with Xavier Woods and Big E (the New Day), became the longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions in history.
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Awards & Achievements
  • Kofi Kingston won WWE Intercontinental Championship four times and WWE US Championship three times. He also won WWE (Raw) Tag Team Championship four times. He is the winner of one Slammy Award as well.
Personal Life
  • Kofi Kingston married actress Kori Campfield in 2010, and has two children.

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