Hard to believe but January 22nd 2018 marks Kofi Kingston’s TENTH year as a WWE Superstar. He still moves like he did ten years ago, but that belies all the change he’s gone through. From Jamaican stereotype (even though he was born in Ghana and raised in Boston) to title contender and Sole Survivor back down to jobber. In 2014 the New Day sparked a career renaissance for the high-flyer teaming him with Xavier Woods and Big E.
In an industry that seems to chew up and spit out more failures than successes, Kofi’s consistent employment in WWE is a rare and admirable feat.
Kofi Kingston took to Instagram to reflect on his journey.
Though never mentioning specifics, it is clear there are references to The New Day, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Evan Bourne, and others past and present in WWE.
Reflection: 10 years… • I was just a skinny kid from a small town with aspirations of becoming a pro wrestler. On January 22 of 2008 in Charlottesville, Virginia, I officially became a WWE superstar. I didn’t know where it would lead, but I knew that it was the most important step toward accomplishing my childhood dream. • I’ve seen many people come and go. I’ve even seen a few come back! I’ve made many close friends along the way. Some who’ve been alongside me from the beginning as our careers progressed together. Some who were very close, but through circumstance I have regrettably fallen out of their favor. I’ve made close friends with many who weren’t as fortunate to make it to the grand stage, but I’ve also had the joy of watching other grind relentlessly on their journeys for years and finally get their opportunity to shine. • I’ve had so many great teachers, including the rare opportunity to benefit from the tutelage of many of the very people I watched on tv who motivated me as a child to believe that I could actually achieve this fantasy. • This career has led me to interact with a lot of great people; from the famous, to fans, to social media hecklers, to people I met as they were child fans that I’ve watched grow into adult fans, to crew and employees who don’t get enough credit for their role in making WWE operate behind the scenes. • I am thankful for my family, who has backed me throughout my quest despite it’s unorthodox nature. I have an amazing and gorgeous Superwife who has been as supportive of me now as she was the day I told her that I wanted to chase this dream. She has given me two beautiful, healthy sons and without her Super-Momnipotence, I surely wouldn’t have been able to reach this point. • A full decade later, here I am, alongside my two brothers, biting on Booty O’s, ingesting ice cream, feasting on flapjacks, preaching positivity, making magic, while we commute upon unicorns. For that I am eternally grateful and there isn’t a single day that I take any of this for granted. • No matter how large or small the interaction, everyone with whom I have crossed paths has been a part of this journey. Thank you all for these last 10 years.
Here’s Kofi’s debut, which came on the reincarnated and watered-down ECW. Nice to see he is back in jumpsuits. The more things change…
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