Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah is a 39-year-old professional wrestler from Ghana. Kofi is signed with the WWE and wrestles on the company’s SmackDown brand under the ring name, Kofi Kingston.
Kofi began his professional wrestling career after graduating from Boston College. He wrestled on the New England independent circuit for Millennium Wrestling Federation (MWF), New England Championship Wrestling (NECW), the Eastern Wrestling Alliance (EWA), Chaotic Wrestling and National Wrestling Alliance. His ring name was Kofi Nahaje Kingston.
In 2006, Kofi signed a developmental contract with the WWE. He was assigned to Deep South Wrestling in Georgia and then Florida Championship Wrestling in 2007. Kofi also worked a number of dark matches before episodes of RAW and SmackDown. It was around this time that Kofi shortened his ring name to Kofi Kingston.
At the end of 2007, WWE began promoting Kofi’s debut as the first Jamaican wrestler to wrestle for WWE when in fact, he has no Jamaican ancestry. He is the first African born wrestler to wrestle for the company.
In June 2008, Kofi Kingston was drafted to the WWE RAW brand and days later, he worked his first match and defeated Chris Jericho to win the Intercontinental Championship. This win made him the first African born wrestler to win a championship in WWE history. He lost the title at SummerSlam that year. Kingston then teamed up with CM Punk and they won the World Tag Team Championship titles in October 2008. The tag team held the titles until December 2008.
In 2009, Kingston continued his title winning streak by defeating Montel Vontavious Porter for the United States Championship. His reign lasted 122 days before he was defeated by The Miz. At the end of 2009, WWE dropped Kingston’s Jamaican gimmick and began billing him from his home country, Ghana. In 2011, Kofi won the Intercontinental Championship twice and teamed with R-Truth to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship. He won the Intercontinental Championship a fourth time in 2012 and also the United States Championship for the third time in April.
In 2014, Kofi Kingston and Big E along with Xavier Woods as the manager, formed the tag team, The New Day. The New Day made their debut on SmackDown’s November 28 episode. The New Day has since won the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship titles six times and the RAW Tag Team Championships twice.
At WrestleMania 35, Kingston was given a title shot and defeated Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship. His reign lasted 180 days before losing to Brock Lesnar. After losing his title, Kingston returned to tag team competition.
In the fall of 2019, The New Day defeated The Revival but lost the titles at Super ShowDown in February 2020. The New Day quickly regained them in April to become six-time SmackDown Tag Team Champions. In July 2020, The New Day lost the titles again to Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura.
Since the end of July 2020, Kofi Kingston has been out of action due to a back injury. It’s reported he will be on the injury list for about six weeks.
Birth name: Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah is
Born: August 14, 1981 in Ghana, West Africa
Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Spouse: Kori Campfield
Ring Name(s): Kofi Kingston, Kofi Nahaje Kingston, Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah
Current Roster: WWE SmackDown
Finishing Move(s): Trouble in Paradise
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE Championship (1 time)
- WWE Intercontinental Championship (4 times)
- WWE United States Championship (3 times)
- WWE (Raw) Tag Team Championship (4 times)
- WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (6 times)
- World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Thirteenth Grand Slam Champion
- Thirtieth Triple Crown Champion
- Bragging Rights Trophy (2010) – with Team SmackDown
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament (2010)
- WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament (2018)