For his command in the ring and the diversity of his wrestling skills, the WWE universe has come to celebrate Kofi Kingston with various sobriquets that capture his identity as a WWE superstar. For some he is the Wildcat Jamaican Sensation, for others, he is the Dreadlocked Dynamo and the Boom Squad General.
Kingston’s signature moves, which range from a suicide dive to his terrifying dropkick, the double backhand punch, the monkey flip, the flying forearm strike, and his jumping cavalryman handshakes, often ending with a deadly European uppercut, are always a delight, especially when he finishes his S.O.S. or Trouble in Paradise moves.
Kofi Kingston, widely regarded as one of the high-flyers in world wrestling entertainment, probably cemented his legacy in the profession after he decided to join forces with Ettore Ewen (Big E) and Xavier Woods to create The New Day stable.
The man is also something of an actor and writer. While he frequently appears on Xavier’s YouTube channel UpUpDownDown as Mr. 24/7, he appeared in an episode of the sitcom Kickin’ It in 2012. Kofi and his wrestling partners released The Book of Booty: Shake It. Love It. Be it never in 2017, here you can find out more about his personal life and professional achievements.
Kofi Kingston’s Biography
Many initially believed that Kofi Kingston came from Jamaica. This is said to be due to the superstar’s decision to identify himself as Jamaican in the early days of his career. He imagined that it would be easier for him to be accepted in the wrestling community if he were a fighter with the same heritage as Bob Marley, the late international reggae icon.
Today, however, it is common knowledge that the man is an American wrestler born in Ghana. Records show that he was born Kofi Krishnan Sarkodie-Mensah as the son of his parents Kwasi and Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah on August 14th and in 1981 in Kumasi, Ghana.
Kofi and his two siblings, Kwame (brother) and Nana Akua (sister), first grew up in the West African country before the family moved to the United States of America. His passion for wrestling dates back to when he was a boy. He kept it alive during his high school days in Massachusetts at Winchester High School and even after he graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications. It is said that he got a job in a company that he gave up to pursue his dream.
His WWE Career Stats
Kofi Kingston’s professional wrestling career began in 2005, starting with Chaotic Wrestling and moving on to other platforms such as New England Championship Wrestling, National Wrestling Alliance, Millennium Wrestling Federation, and What Have You.
His big breakthrough came sometime in September 2006 when he signed a development deal with the WWE, which regularly involved him in the activities of Deep South Wrestling (DSW) in Georgia. Kofi was finally added to the WWE main list in 2008 under the brand name Raw.
He triumphed over several well-known wrestlers, including Chris Jericho and Big Show, before teaming up with Big E and Xavier Woods.
So far, the Ghanaian has boasted 14 championships in his name. These include 4 WWE Raw Tag Team Championships (2 with The New Day and 1 each with R-Truth and Evan Bourne), 4 WWE Intercontinental Championship, 1 World Tag Team Championship with CM Punk, 3 WWE United States Championship, and another 2 WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship with his New Day Team.
It is on record that Kofi Kingston’s New Day Team is the longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champion in WWE history, reigning for 483 days after winning their second WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
Kofi Kingston Wife
The wrestler’s love life revolves around an actress he married in 2010. Although there are reports that suggest that the marriage between Kofi and Kori Campfield has broken up, it is widely believed that the two are still married. They have two children together.
Interesting Facts About Kofi Kingston
1. In 2013, Pro Wrestling Illustrated listed Kofi Kingston in 20th place on its list of the 500 best wrestlers
2. He weighs 96 kg (212 lb) and his height is stated as 1.83 m (6 ft).
3. Kofi lost his sister Nana Akua in 2015
4. The wrestler received training in Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines acrobatics with music and dance.
5. American football, baseball, and basketball are his favorite sports.