In the world of professional wrestling, the title of “grand slam champion” is a prestigious honor reserved for a select few, recognizing those who have claimed at least four separate championships within a promotion during their career. Among the elite group of individuals who can lay claim to this distinction is WWE superstar Kofi Kingston.
Hailing from Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana, Kofi Kingston, at the age of 42, has etched his name in wrestling history as one of the fortunate 20 individuals to hold the grand slam champion title. His remarkable journey within World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) spans nearly two decades, a feat that is nothing short of improbable in an industry characterized by short-lived tenures.
Throughout his illustrious career, Kingston has achieved significant success, capturing titles that include the WWE Championship (1 time), Intercontinental Championship (4 times), United States Championship (3 times), Raw Tag Team Championship (6 times), SmackDown Tag Team Championship (7 times), World Tag Team Championship (1 time), and NXT Tag Team Championship (1 time). His impressive trophy collection rivals the splendor of a Griswold family Christmas tree.
In an exclusive telephone interview to promote WWE’s upcoming Canadian Holiday tour, Kingston shared insights into his journey and the competitive spirit that drives him. When asked about his numerous accomplishments in WWE, Kingston emphasized, “I think as performers, we have a tendency to want to be the best. If you don’t think that you’re the best, you probably shouldn’t be in the industry.” He further highlighted the significance of seizing opportunities and delivering exceptional performances when they arise.
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Kingston pointed to WWE’s current Undisputed WWE Universal Championship as an example of evolving in the industry. He praised Roman Reigns for his transformation from his early days in WWE to becoming one of the greatest superstars of all time, noting the importance of authenticity in character development.
Reflecting on his own legacy, Kingston admitted that he doesn’t dwell on it too often, as he remains fully invested in adding to his storied career. He expressed gratitude for the fans who have supported him and The New Day, a trio that has created groundbreaking moments in WWE.
Despite the challenges and uncertainty in the wrestling world, Kingston expressed his appreciation for his close bond with fellow WWE superstars Xavier Woods and Big E. He described them as not just colleagues but as brothers and best friends, emphasizing the value of their friendship both inside and outside the ring.
Regarding Big E’s recent neck injury and uncertain future, Kingston conveyed his happiness that Big E is in good health. He noted the severity of the injury and expressed relief that Big E didn’t require surgery, allowing him to lead a healthy and happy life. Kingston acknowledged that Big E’s return to wrestling is uncertain but stressed that health remains the top priority.
Looking ahead to WWE’s Canadian Holiday tour, Kingston expressed his excitement to perform in Canada, praising the energy of Canadian wrestling fans. He highlighted two standout memories from his career in Canada, particularly his SummerSlam 2019 match in Toronto against Randy Orton. This memorable encounter allowed Kingston to revisit a decade-long rivalry, complete with custom Toronto Raptors unicorn gear and the unmatched enthusiasm of Canadian fans.
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As Kofi Kingston continues to make his mark in the world of professional wrestling, fans eagerly anticipate his appearances on WWE’s Canadian Holiday tour, where his energy and charisma are sure to light up arenas across the Great White North.