KOFI KINGSTON BACKSTAGE
Name
Kofi Kingston
Real Name
Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah
Date of Birth
August 14, 1981
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2006
Kofi Kingston
Each year, wrestlers and officials backstage rank the performances by their stars at the biggest pay per view event of the year, but WWE is having a hard time trying to figure out what the best match of Wrestlemania 30 was. Everyone came through with good matches, even the mid level guys like Kofi Kingston and Antonio Cesaro in the battle royal.
April 7, 2014
Kofi Kingston
"People always say, 'Oh, there haven't been many black champions,' but on the other hand, there are a whole lot of white people that never won a belt either. These days, I think it's less of a racial thing. I honestly believe that if you are able to entertain and interact with the crowd, it doesn't matter what ethnicity you may be. WWE will reward you." - Kofi Kingston discusses racism and backstage politics
March 26, 2014
Kofi Kingston
Since he was heavily involved with some charitable work for the company in New Orleans, there were those that believed that Kofi Kingston was going to be given a match at Wrestlemania 30. However, there are no plans backstage to do that for him. He will still be heavily involved in the event, but just not in a wrestling capacity.
March 5, 2014
Kofi Kingston

There are those backstage that were disappointed with Royal Rumble 2014, as many feel that there were not enough highlight spots during the match. Kofi Kingston was praised for doing his best to produce memorable moments, but very few others were able to stand out. Jamie Noble, the agent in charge of the match, has backstage heat because of that.

January 28, 2014
Kofi Kingston

"I don't really care what people think about me. I think if someone's underrated, that they're under appreciated. I'm fully confident in my abilities, I know every night, in my mind, that I'm going to have a good match. People feel underrated when they think they're not getting the credit they deserve. That's why I don't care that much about what people think."

December 23, 2013
Kofi Kingston
Curtis Axel and Big E Langston have been removed from the Hell in a Cell kickoff match, and have been replaced by Kofi Kingston and Damien Sandow.
October 27, 2013
Brutus Magnus
"I'm as grateful to Sting as anybody in the wrestling business for the benefit he has had in my career. Steve is a great guy and very very smart and just a model citizen as far as the way he conducts himself and how much respect he commands. There are some people who seem to be obsessed with respect and seem to be obsessed with guys not showing them enough respect but Sting is a guy who has never had to pull any stunts, never had to bully anyone, never had to throw his weight around or pull rank; he commands respect. The same could be said about Kurt Angle." - Brutus Magnus discusses how Sting is backstage
April 15, 2014
Bruiser Brody
Older wrestling fans took quite an interest in WWE inducting Carlos Colon into the hall of fame this year. Many were expecting to see some backstage heat incident taking place because there are still many people in the industry who blame Colon for his involvement in the murder of Bruiser Brody. Cooler heads prevailed, and the situation went pretty smoothly for WWE.
April 15, 2014
Triple H
There has been a bit of a shift in philosophy backstage with Triple H taking over more of the power from Vince McMahon, as the former world heavyweight champion is more inclined to respond to internet wrestling fans by taking jabs through the story lines. For years, McMahon has long avoided any connection with fans online, but HHH likes sending messages to people who complain.
April 14, 2014
Ian Rotten
A very ugly incident took place over the weekend between Ian Rotten and Jeff Jarrett. According to Rotten, Jeff and Karen Jarrett were intoxicated at his show. A dispute over money came up, which Rotten admits was his fault. Jeff was said to have gone ballistic backstage, threatening Rotten, and even going as far as knocking off the glasses from the face of Rotten's 17 year old son. Jarrett has yet to tell his side of the story.
April 14, 2014
Michael Hayes
In a sign of just how valued he is within the company, Michael Hayes is still with WWE. He remains a fairly high ranking official for the company and has a big role backstage, even though he has had so many incidents and suspensions. WWE is even tossing around the idea of inducting the Freebirds into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 32, which is rumored to be held in Texas.
April 14, 2014
Bobby Roode
If TNA decides to keep the belt on Eric Young for the long term, an idea which is being tossed around backstage because of his marketing value at the moment, then management is going to push Bobby Roode up as a challenger for the world heavyweight championship. There are still talks of Brutus Magnus recapturing the belt at TNA Sacrifice 2014.
April 14, 2014
Heath Slater
Since the company needs room for all the new stars that they are bringing up from the developmental program, WWE is expected to allow several of the veteran performers to leave the company soon. The belief is that Heath Slater will be allowed to walk once his contract expires. The 3MB member has expressed frustration backstage over not receiving a push.
April 14, 2014
Darren Young
At a live event in Texas over the weekend, Darren Young might have suffered some sort of injury. His match with Fandango was extremely short, and the ending was awkward, as Young was counted out after delivering a flying ax handle. Agents came out to the ringside area to check on Young and helped him limp backstage.
April 13, 2014
Xavier Woods
Even though the company does not have any plans on pushing him in the near future, Xavier Woods is well liked backstage by many in WWE. He has a genuine enthusiasm for being on the main roster and traveling around the world. Woods is viewed as an asset right now because he is willing to do whatever WWE asks of him.
April 13, 2014
Aksana
Another name that is rumored to be released by WWE soon is Aksana. While she is on good terms with management now, the backstage relationship has always been up and down. The belief is that the company views her as being expendable and will more than likely allow her to walk once her contract expires. WWE needs room for newer stars.
April 13, 2014
Brock Lesnar
There was actually a push backstage in WWE to have Jim Ross doing commentary at Wrestlemania 30. The legendary performer was penciled in to call the match between Brock Lesnar and Undertaker. WWE opted against the idea because they were concerned that fans might be able to figure out that Undertaker was going to be losing the match since Ross was brought back for the occasion.
April 13, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
As of right now, there are plans backstage to give Antonio Cesaro a huge push. Pairing him with a great talker like Paul Heyman was the start of that. There are even those in WWE that are pushing for Cesaro to be pushed high enough over the next year, so that he can be thrown into a match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31, where Heyman would play a pivotal role in the story.
April 12, 2014
Scott Hall
A picture of Scott Hall and Ultimate Warrior backstage at the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony that took place during Wrestlemania 30 weekend.
April 12, 2014
Damien Sandow
There are people backstage in WWE that are questioning the Rob Van Dam return, as it almost feels like an afterthought. Aside from taking place on the same episode of Monday Night Raw where so many new stars were introduced, he also worked a match against Damien Sandow, a performer that has rarely been in a featured role in WWE.
April 11, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
While he does not receive a ton of praise form his employers, Zack Ryder revealed to WWE fans through this Twitter post that the Ultimate Warrior praised him when they met backstage this past week. Warrior told Ryder that his impersonation is actually better than the real gimmick.
April 11, 2014
Christy Hemme
While she has been working backstage in a variety of roles over the past year, Christy Hemme has now been officially added to the creative department in TNA. The belief is that she will be specializing in the Knockouts division, where it will be her job to come up with stories for the girls. She might also have a hand in the ongoing story with Sam Shaw as well.
April 10, 2014
AJ Lee
Now that Paige is on the main roster and has won the WWE Divas Championship from AJ Lee, people backstage are trying to decide who to put the WWE NXT Women's Championship on. Ashley Flair has been receiving a bit of push as of late, and the belief is that she is the top candidate to carry the strap. Ric Flair could become more involved in the product at this point.
April 10, 2014
CM Punk
Since he walked away from the company, CM Punk has now been removed from the upcoming Flintstones movie. To make it easier on the script writers, WWE has decided to replace him with Rey Mysterio, which should make it fairly easy for them to adapt the story line. The belief backstage is that Punk is going to just wait until his contract expires this summer.
April 10, 2014
Sting
Even though he did not show up at Wrestlemania 30 or the following Monday Night Raw, things between Sting and WWE are not over and done with. There are many backstage that believe that management will still continue to negotiate with Sting, as they feel that he can be a valuable marketing asset for the WCW library that they currently air on the WWE Network.
April 9, 2014
Hulk Hogan
Much was made about the longstanding backstage heat between Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior over this past week, but according to Hogan, the two of them finally got a chance to make up. The WWE legends reportedly met, talked, shook hands and even hugged one another. Hogan was sitting in the front row when Warrior was inducted into the hall of fame on Saturday night.
April 9, 2014
Kofi Kingston
While he managed to avoid an injury after taking an over the top rope dive at Wrestlemania 30, Kofi Kingston might have been injured during his taped match against Titus ONeil during WWE Superstars. He was limping noticeably and required some help to leave the arena. Some believe that he might be willing to work through the injury if it is not too bad.
April 9, 2014
Kofi Kingston
Considering how incredible the show was, WWE should not have any issues with coming up with Wrestlemania 30 highlights to show on Monday Night Raw this week. Brock Lesnar, Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Rock, Daniel Bryan, Triple H, Batista, John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Big Show and Antonio Cesaro provided plenty of memorable Wrestlemania moments.
April 7, 2014
Zack Ryder
WWE has announced that the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal will consists of Alberto Del Rio, Big E Langston, Big Show, Brodus Clay, Christian, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Darren Young, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Justin Gabriel, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Miz, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Titus ONeil and Zack Ryder. There are also four spots available for last minute entrants.
March 25, 2014
Kofi Kingston
While he is not a main event performer in WWE, Kofi Kingston draws in a pretty good salary. His downside guarantee is $254,200 a year. Even though he does have to pay for his own travel expenses, Kingston does get thrown into a couple of pay per view events per year, which gives his annual salary a nice boost from the PPV bonuses.
March 24, 2014
Fandango
Since Wrestlemania is right around the corner, WWE has decided to tape a commercial in New Orleans to promote the pay per view. Fandango, Summer Rae, Kofi Kingston, Sheamus, Big Show, Nikki Bella and Brie Bella are all in town for the shoot. There are also reports that Darren Young might be a part of the cast as well, but that is unconfirmed.
March 22, 2014
Kofi Kingston
"I've been clamoring at that for a while now, but the situation has to be right and the timing has to be right; everything has to be right. I wouldn't want to just do it for the sake of doing it because you might get lost in the shuffle that way. If the situation was right, it would give me a chance to do something completely different and show people a side of me they have never seen before, which I think would be great and I think would be fun." - Kofi Kingston wants heel turn
March 20, 2014
Ryback
While a lot of fans bought into the hype of the match since a legendary name was attached to it, WWE is viewing the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal as an afterthought. There is even a strong push to move it off the pay per view and utilized it as a kickoff match, despite several stars such as Ryback, Kofi Kingston, Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler being rumored for spots.
March 15, 2014
Andre the Giant
While he is highly unlikely to be chosen by management to win the thing, a lot of eyes will still be on Kofi Kingston during the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal during Wrestlmeania 30. Many are expecting him to come up with a high impact spot, which he has been known for doing during Money in the Bank and Royal Rumble.
March 15, 2014
Kofi Kingston
For a while there, it looked like Kofi Kingston was going to miss out on Wrestlemania 30, even though he was heavily involved in some of the charitable work that WWE is doing in New Orleans, but the former Intercontinental Champion will now be given a chance to work at the pay per view by being an entrant in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal.
March 12, 2014
Kane
WWE has uploaded the quick hall of fame induction video for Paul Bearer that was shown on Monday Night Raw. It features stars like Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston doing quick interviews. It also features the legendary manager with Undertaker, Kane, Mick Foley and Vader.
March 4, 2014
Roman Reigns
There are talks that Big Show will be returning on Monday Night Raw this week, as the former world heavyweight champion was working live events for WWE over the weekend. He teamed up with Kofi Kingston to take on Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. No word yet on who he will be working with when he returns, but there are talks that WWE wants him on Wrestlemania 30.
March 2, 2014
Kofi Kingston
"Yeah, we were each other's road wives. With Punk, I consider him to be like a brother to me. He's one of the guys who took me under his wing when I first came. So we've been able to maintain a good relationship. And there are very few people in the business that you can call true friends, so I consider Punk to be that and more. So yes, "road wife" is the term we used to sum that all up." - Kofi Kingston on his relationship with CM Punk
February 22, 2014
Jack Swagger
WWE removed the match involving Big E Langston, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw this week. They also removed Jack Swagger and Kofi Kingston. That basically confirms that management views the Intercontinental Championship match at Elimination Chamber 2014 to be a filler segment.
February 21, 2014
Kofi Kingston
During a recent podcast interview, Kofi Kingston was asked who his dream opponent would be for Wrestlemania. He quickly replied that Rey Mysterio would be his first choice. Unfortunately, though, that seems highly unlikely to happen, as Kingston has not been penciled in for a Wrestlemania 30 spot yet. He could be a last minute addition.
February 16, 2014
Mark Henry
After months of being used as filler in the tag team division, it looks like Jack Swagger is going to receive a bit of a push in singles again. After defeating Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry and Rey Mysterio on Smackdown, he has earned himself a shot at the WWE IC title. It has also now been revealed that the match will take place at Elimination Chamber 2014.
February 15, 2014
Mark Henry
There are some concerns within WWE right now about Rey Mysterio, as the masked performer might have possibly been injured during the Smackdown taping on Tuesday. He worked a fatal four way match against Jack Swagger, Mark Henry and Kofi Kingston. He landed wrong in the ring and had to roll outside to the floor to grab his knee.
February 13, 2014
Jack Swagger
In a rather interesting move during the Smackdown taping, WWE did a number one contender's match to determine a new challenger for Big E Langston and the Intercontinental Championship. Rey Mysterio, Mark Henry and Kofi Kingston were involved, but Jack Swagger was the one that ended up winning the match.
February 12, 2014
Kofi Kingston
When it comes to job security, Kofi Kingston should be pretty safe from now until Wrestlemania 30, as WWE has been utilizing him as a key promoter. Management chose him to help KaBOOM! build playgrounds around the city of New Orleans because Kingston actually spent a couple of years living there when he was very young.
February 9, 2014
Big E Langston
Initially, Mark Henry was supposed to have made his return on Monday Night Raw last week. However, the creative department were not able to get him on the show. He is expected to work a program with Big E Langston, who was thrown into a random six man tag team match with Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston on the latest episode.
February 8, 2014
Kofi Kingston
While a lot of people are under the assumption that he plans his crazy Royal Rumble spots months in advance, Kofi Kingston revealed in an interview that he does not even think about them throughout the year. He also mentioned that he usually comes up with the spots on the day of the pay per view.
February 8, 2014