Kofi Kingston Looking To Break Into The Top Tier, Discusses Rumble Chair Spot

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SLAM! Wrestling has a new article online featuring quotes from Kofi Kingston. Below are the highlights:

Losing the Jamaican accent and character:

"I think it's definitely been a help," he said about the change. "If you look at the history of the greats in WWE, everyone has an evolution. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin started out as the Ring Master, Triple H was first Hunter Hearst Helmsley, even The Rock started off as Rocky Maivia. Those weren't really them. The more you transition into being yourself, it becomes more real. Obviously I'm not Jamaican -- I've never even been to Jamaica. But if you can transition your character from one thing to another, it makes a great story. Looking back on your career, you need to have some sort of progression. Character development is a huge part of that."

Hurting himself before a bout:

"There was one time I was in Europe, and the arena was so cold, it was very hard to warm up. A lot of times, you kind of jump around for a few minutes and you can go. I probably should have warmed up a lot more than I did for this match. I think it was with Dolph (Ziggler). He had gone out to the ring, and I go to go up the stairs. I jumped two times and then I pulled something in my back. So I can't move, literally. Normally I come out and do the three 'thunderclaps' and jump off the ramp. But I couldn't do that. I get to the ring thinking how I was going to get through the match."

Lack of privacy as a WWE Superstar:

"It can be hard living in the public eye," he confirmed. "You lose a lot of privacy, you always have eyes on you. You'll be out for dinner with your family, and people will be coming up to you asking for autographs in the middle of your meal. They're excited because they see you on TV, and now all of a sudden they're seeing a real life character in front of them. So the excitement overtakes them."

The chair spot in the Royal Rumble:

"Initially, I did think about jumping from the table to the ring," he revealed. "But when you get out there, it's like, 'Uhhhh, this might be kind of risky.' (I wanted to) try it, but those tables are so rickety sometimes that you think to yourself, 'If you don't make it, how stupid are you going to look for even trying?' It's like, of course you didn't make it, nobody could make that jump. On top of that, the ring is set a little bit higher than the table. So I feel like I could maybe jump from the ring to the table -- maybe. But the table to the ring, not so much. But I definitely did think about it. And then you hear the crowd cheering, 'Yeah, come on, just do it! Do it!' And you're like, 'Yeah, okay ... um, on second thought, no.'"

His goals:

"I'm focusing right now on breaking into that top tier," he said. "I feel that now I'm so close, you know. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but like I said, I feel I can go out there with anybody and be great. It's just a matter of getting opportunities to do so and staying the course of what I do. I always say that I don't have control over what the direction of the show will be, and what storylines I'll be in. But what I do have control over is being in the ring and doing what I do. Regardless of what's going on and whomever I'm in there with, I'll be able to go out there and do some incredible things. It's like I said, I always want to be moving ahead."

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  • Punker

    Zack Ryder should read this

    • opie

      I don’t think Zack has ever paid attention to anything anyone else has ever said.

      • Kenneth

        I hear he pays attention to the radio a lot, which would explain a great many things about him…

  • Benjamin

    Would have been so much easier to hop on one leg

    • Patrick

      he could have done the hand stand again

      • Matt

        Why? He’s done it once. Originality.

  • I thought he was going to walk on whats his name that was eliminated right there. Oh well, still fun to see him be creative each year

  • Patrick

    Kofi made a good point with this statement about the Rumble spot.

    ” It’s like, of course you didn’t make it, nobody could make that jump.
    On top of that, the ring is set a little bit higher than the table. So I
    feel like I could maybe jump from the ring to the table — maybe. But
    the table to the ring, not so much”

    he’s right that jump was just a bit to far from the table to the ring apron…..you have seen wrestlers jump from the ring to the table and threw it on top of someone…… but they jump from the corner post which is higher then the ring apron…

    jumping from the table which is lower up to the ring apron is not as easy.

    • Matt

      Thanks for the insightful view there. I was struggling to work out what Kofi meant. Thank god you’re around to rewrite it, huh?

  • Nostaljack

    Look, Zack…no whining. Kofi has just demonstrated how you do an interview.