Kofi Kingston Biography
Kofi Kingston biography is very interesting, and as we all know, he is a professional wrestler from Ghana. He is a member of ‘The New Day’ trio with Big E and Xavier Woods and is tied to WWE’s SmackDown brand.
With several championships to his name, ‘Pro Wrestling Illustrated’ (PWI) listed him as the 20th best wrestler of 2013. His hallmark skills are a double backhand chop, a flying forearm smash, and a somersault plancha.
He gave up his corporate career to contract with WWE after being a wrestling fan since boyhood. In the beginning of his career, he promoted himself as being from Jamaica rather than Ghana, believing that people would accept someone from the land of the famed singer-songwriter, Bob Marley.
He has since ditched the Jamaican tale and declared that he is from Ghana. His fans first rejected his group ‘New Day,’ but their debut on RAW quickly became a highlight of the show. In fact, ‘New Day’ became the WWE’s longest-reigning tag team champions.
Kofi Kingston Childhood & Early Life
Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on August 14, 1981, to Elizabeth and Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah. His brother Kwame is deceased, and his sister Nana Akua died in 2015.
When he was a child, his family relocated to the United States. He went to ‘Winchester High School’ in Massachusetts. ‘Boston College’ awarded him a communication degree.
He had always wanted to wrestle since he was a child. So he quit his corporate job to pursue his desire.
On February 24, 2006, he made his wrestling debut against Tony Omega at ‘Chaotic Wrestling,’ and on June 4, he battled Evan Siks for the ‘PWF Mayhem Heavyweight Championship.’
He held a tryout at his wrestling school in Boston, where some WWE executives were in attendance. They appreciated his performance and asked him to Atlanta to wrestle in ‘Deep South Wrestling’ (DSW) (DSW).
He acquired a deal with WWE in September 2006 and was assigned to DSW. On September 21, he made his debut as ‘Kofi Nahaje Kingston’ against Montel Vontavious Porter.
He wrestled for DSW and ‘Ohio Valley Wrestling’ (OVW) until early 2007, where he was part of a tag team with Harry Smith. He was added to the WWE roster in late 2007, and contested two matches against Charlie Haas and Trevor Murdoch.
In June 2007, he teamed up with Eric Pérez against Keith Walker and Rycklon Stephens at the ‘Florida Championship Wrestling.’ He stayed till the end of the year.
On January 22, 2008, he made his ECW debut and defeated David Owen in Charlottesville. At the ‘WrestleMania XXIV’ pre-show, Mark Henry defeated him. In April 2008, he competed against Shelton Benjamin and was defeated. He did, however, defeat Benjamin in a ‘Extreme Rules’ match in June.
Fast forward, Kingston joined the ‘Royal Rumble’ in January 2018 as the 16th entrant, but was eliminated by Andrade “Cien” Almas. Kingston was called in to replace Mustafa Ali, who was injured, during an episode of SmackDown Live in February 2019.