He's a WWE veteran and one third of the popular New Day trio. He's Kofi Kingston! While Kofi has had a storied career in pro wrestling, there are probably some snacky cakes of trivia that many fans don't know about him. Do you know how many different WWE championships he has won? Do you really know his birthplace? Take a moment to read and learn these five things you should know about Kofi Kingston.
Longtime WWE fans know that if Kofi is entered into the Royal Rumble match, they're going to see something special. Kofi escaping elimination from dire situations has become an near-annual treat in Rumble matches for the past decade. Kofi has done handstands, giant leaps from the barricade, and even used an office chair as a pogo stick to keep his feet off the floor and get back into the ring. Check a compilation of some his amazing Royal Rumble moments here.
Kofi credits his training in the martial art Capoeira for his kick-based offense in the ring. Capoeira requires a lot of agility in order to take out opponents with various spin kicks while distracting them with flips. Much like Kofi, many fans were exposed to Capoeira via Eddy Gordo, a character from the popular video game Tekken.
When Kofi first started his WWE run, he was billed from Jamaica and had a reggae-inspired entrance theme. However, as Ghana progressed in the FIFA World Cup in 2014, WWE played off of Kofi's Ghanaian ancestry. So where is he from? The truth is that Kofi was born in Ghana, but was raised in Massachusetts when his parents immigrated to the U.S. The reason why he was billed from Jamaica was because of Kofi was simply a fan of reggae music, particularly Damian Marley.
While he gained experience learning from a number of different trainers, young Kofi got his basic training at Killer Kowalski's wrestling school in Massachusetts. While their wrestling styles couldn't be more different, tutelage under Kowalski has helped many wrestlers get their feet wet and prepared for in-ring action. Other well-known Kowalski students include Chyna, Eddie Edwards, Damien Sandow, and Triple H.