Highflying, Always Smiling Ghanaian Superstar
The energy contained within one Kofi Kingston could power a major city for several years.
A Ghanaian grappler with a beaming smile, Kofi Kingston’s boundless enthusiasm is only rivaled by his limitless athleticism, which he displays fearlessly every time he steps in the ring to the delight of the entire WWE Universe. In fact, the only people who don’t like Kofi Kingston are the Superstars he faces each week – and that’s only because they can rarely catch him. The leader of the Boom Squad’s dazzling aerials only belie what is actually a truly fierce wrestler, who can curtail the smiles to kick it up in intensity if an opponent is foolish enough to set him off.
Randy Orton, for example, tested Kofi’s patience in late 2009, and paid for it when Kingston defaced The Viper’s customized NASCAR before targeting Orton himself, leaping off of a balcony at Madison Square Garden and splintering him through a table. Kofi’s determination makes him a legitimate threat, and repeated favorite, in the annual Money in the Bank Ladder Matches, even though he’s yet to snag the coveted briefcase amid his rampant boom-dropping.
Kofi Kingston jumped to the tag team division in 2011, forming championship tandems with Evan Bourne and R-Truth. It was no surprise these duos drew comparisons to classic teams like The Rockers and The British Bulldogs.
A multi-time Intercontinental and U.S. WWE Champion, he returned to his roots as a solo competitor when he chased Intercontinental Champion The Miz off the “Larry King Now” set. Miz took offense, calling Kofi a “B player” who “reached his ceiling.” The comment ignited a fire in The Dreadlocked Dynamo, as he defeated Miz to win his fourth Intercontinental Championship. In the title rematch at WWE Hell in a Cell, The Awesome One’s attempt to injure one of Kofi’s legs was for naught, as Kofi managed to deliver Trouble in Paradise with his good leg to retain his title. After the victory, Kingston said Miz’s insults unleashed something he’d been missing, his inner “Wildcat.” Kofi joined forces with Team Foley at Survivor Series, but found himself eliminated after Wade Barrett delivered a devastating Bull Hammer elbow.
With the capacity to succeed on singles and tag team levels, Kofi Kingston’s future continues to get brighter, probably because he actually keeps leaping closer and closer to the sun.