SmackDown star Kofi Kingston opens up on becoming first ever African-born WWE Champion | WWE | Sport


Kingston was born in Ghana in 1981 and moved with his family to the United States where they settled in Boston when he was at a young age.

The Dreadlocked Dynamo joined the WWE main roster in 2007 but it took almost 12 years to make it to the top and become the first ever African-born WWE Champion.

The New Day member’s historic feat took place at WrestleMania 35 where he defeated Daniel Bryan.

The WWE Champion is humbled to hold that distinction but hopes fans from all different backgrounds get something out of his multi-year struggle and the fact that he never gave up on his dreams.

Kingston told USA Today: “It means a lot, especially from a representation standpoint.

“It’s always important for people to be able to watch WWE, especially because it’s a global product, it’s important for people all over the world to be able to look at the screen and see somebody who looks like them doing great things.

“And in turn, that inspires them to do great things.

“For me to inspire people who look like me to do awesome things, and they can look at the screen and say, ‘Hey, I can do this because I can see someone that looks like me and he’s doing it.’

“It’s equally as important too that people who don’t necessarily look like me and can also look to my story for inspiration, because the main thing is I struggled, you know?

“To get here it’s been a long, hard struggle to make it to this point, and anybody out there, whether you’re black, white, Asian, South American, whatever, you can look to my story and see I struggled to get here but I kept fighting through.

“I didn’t give up, I didn’t take no for an answer, and I did it.

“It took me a long time to do it, but I did it.

“Anything is possible for anybody if they work hard enough.”

Kingston’s next challenger is not yet known but it looks like he won’t have a rematch with Bryan any time soon as his rival reportedly got injured at WrestleMania.

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Publish date : 2019-04-17 13:17:00

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