Kofi Kingston

  • Born: 08/14/1981 in Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana
  • Birthname: Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah
  • Height & Weight: 6'0", 212 Ib
Titles Won:
  • WWE Championship
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship (4 times)
  • WWE United States Championship (3 times)
  • WWE (Raw) Tag Team Championship (6 times) – with Evan Bourne (1), R-Truth (1), Big E and Xavier Woods (2), and Xavier Woods (2)
  • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (7 times) – with Big E and Xavier Woods (6), and Xavier Woods (1)
  • WWE NXT Tag Team Championship – with Xavier Woods
  • World Tag Team Championship – with CM Punk
  • Thirteenth WWE Grand Slam Champion
  • Thirtieth WWE Triple Crown Champion
  • Third WWE Triple Crown Tag Team Champion – with The New Day

After graduating college, Sarkodie-Mensah decided to pursue a professional wrestling career. He began performing on the New England independent circuit as a Jamaican wrestler by the name of Kofi Nahaje Kingston.

After signing a developmental deal with WWE in 2007, he shortened his ring name to “Kofi Kingston”. Kingston debuted in WWE in 2008 using the same Jamaican character as he did on the independent circuit. In late 2009, he stopped being billed from Jamaica and dropped the accent although he kept his ring name. He then started being billed from his home country of Ghana.

Kingston has been a babyface (heroic character) for almost the entirety of his WWE career with the exception of a few months spent as a heel (villainous character) near the start of his run with The New Day. He is a four-time Intercontinental Champion, a three-time United States Champion and an eight-time world tag team champion.

His second Raw Tag Team Championship reign as a part of The New Day is the longest reign for any tag team title in WWE history and Kingston himself holds the record for cumulative days spent as a Tag Team Champion within WWE. He is also known for his innovative ways of suspending his elimination from battle royal and Royal Rumble matches.

At Wrestlemania 35, Kofi Kingston did the unthinkable. In his first WWE title match in 11 years, he defeated Daniel Bryan to become WWE Champion, making him a Triple Crown & Grand Slam Champion in the process. At NXT Deadline in December 2022, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods won the NXT Tag Team titles, making The New Day the third WWE Triple Crown Tag Team Champions.

Notable Matches

vs. Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania 35

Wrestlemania XXV Money in the Bank

vs. Christian on Smackdown, May 14th 2010

vs. Dolph Ziggler on Raw, September 24th 2012

vs. MVP on Raw, June 1st 2009

vs. Chris Jericho at Night of Champions 2008

w/ The New Day vs. The Primetime Players vs The Ascension vs The Lucha Dragons vs Cesaro & Kidd vs Los Matadores at Elimination Chamber 2015.

WWE Championship Elimination Chamber 2019