Kofi Kingston brings Trouble in Paradise to Malaysia
THE ENERGY CONTAINED WITHIN one Kofi Kingston could power a major city for several years.
A Ghanaian grappler with a beaming smile, Kingston’s boundless enthusiasm is only rivaled by his limitless athleticism, which he displays fearlessly every time he steps in the ring to the delight of the entire WWE Universe. In fact, the only people who don’t like Kofi Kingston are the Superstars he faces each week — and that’s only because they can rarely catch him. The leader of the Boom Squad’s dazzling aerials only belie what is actually a truly fierce fighter, who can curtail the smiles to kick it up in intensity if an opponent is foolish enough to set him off.
Randy Orton, for example, tested Kofi’s patience in late 2009, and paid for it when Kofi defaced The Viper’s customized NASCAR before targeting Orton himself, leaping off a balcony at Madison Square Garden and splintering him through a table. Kofi’s determination makes him a legitimate threat, and repeated favorite, in the annual Money in the Bank Ladder Matches, even though he’s yet to snag the coveted briefcase amid his rampant boom-dropping. His creativity to survive in the Royal Rumble Match — like walking on his hands, lunging onto an eliminated Superstar’s back or using a chair as a pogo stick — has quickly grown into an institution at the yearly January event.
Kofi jumped to the tag team division in 2011, forming championship tandems with Evan Bourne and R-Truth. It was no surprise these duos drew comparisons to classic teams like The Rockers and The British Bulldogs.
A multi-time Intercontinental and U.S. Champion, Kingston has battled everyone from Cesaro to Bray Wyatt. Kofi took part in WrestleMania 30’s Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Most recently Kingston has formed an alliance with Big E and Xavier Woods. The group’s motives remain unclear at this time but all three men seem to have a new focus and drive that could make them a force to be reckoned with.
What lies ahead remains to be seen, but it’s unlikely to stop Kofi from shining brighter — probably because he actually keeps leaping closer and closer to the sun.
As we are all excited for WWE’s return to Malaysia after 12 years, could you share with us what fans can expect this October at the live show?
This is an event that the whole family will enjoy and will remember for the rest of their lives. Everyone is always excited to see us and we love traveling all over the world to perform for the entire WWE Universe.
To be a WWE Superstar, it requires a lot of training and discipline, what is your advice to all the youngsters in Malaysia who aspire to be just like you?
Always try as hard as you can and believe in yourself.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Malaysia?
I honestly don’t know that much about Malaysia but I’m getting good vibes because of all of the people from Malaysia on Twitter who have been reaching out and letting us know how excited they are to see us.
Will this be your first visit to Malaysia, are you excited about it?
This will be my first visit to Malaysia and I cannot wait!
What are you looking forward to most when you visit Malaysia?
Meeting the fans and the people who make the WWE. We have so much influence on people all over the world and to put smiles on people’s faces with just posing for a selfie or signing an autograph and that’s a great feeling for me.
Since this is your first WWE event in Malaysia, how are you preparing for it?
Since I’m on the road basically every week, I’m always ready to go out there and do what I do and it doesn’t matter if I’m in the US, Europe or Malaysia.
Do you have any special message for your Malaysian fans?
The wait is almost over! We’ll see you soon.
What is your signature move and what was the inspiration behind that?
That would be Trouble in Paradise.
Among all the matches that you’ve wrestled in, which is by far your most memorable one?
My first championship win during the 2008 Night of Champions pay-per-view still stands out in my mind because as they say, “you can never have another first”. I won the Intercontinental Championship from Chris Jericho who is one of the greatest Intercontinental Champions of all time and that memory will be hard to top.
What is your routine before a match?
I don’t really do much of anything besides listening to some music.
Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up, how did they influence you to be a WWE Superstar?
I grew up watching Shawn Michaels and Ricky Steamboat and it was so spectacular how they moved in the ring and were able to capture the whole auidence. I couldn’t help but be in love with wrestling when I was a kid; being a WWE Superstar was the only thing I wanted to be.
What is your favourite type of match and why?
For me it’s a Ladder Match and most specifically the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. There is so much creativity that’s involved in a match like that and the prize at the top of that ladder is so valuable. Close second would be the Royal Rumble/Battle Royal type of match. I’ve come up with some creative ways to avoid elimination over the past few years and I think the fans are expecting something crazy from me every time I’m involved in one of those matches.
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