Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah is a Ghanaian-American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, under the ring name Kofi Kingston, where he performs on the SmackDown brand and is the current WWE Champion in his first reign. He is African-born WWE Champion in history.
Since bursting on the WWE scene in 2007, Kingston has established himself as one of WWE’s premier high-flyers. That, paired with his upbeat attitude, made him a perennial favorite of the WWE Universe as he racked up Intercontinental, United States and Tag Team Championships. Kingston also cemented his place in WWE history with a series of daredevil moments where he saved himself from elimination in several Royal Rumble Matches.
When he joined forces with Big E and Xavier Woods to form The New Day, though, no one could have guessed that the trio of unicorn horn-wearing, Booty-O-chomping Superstars would achieve the feats that they have in WWE. In fact, the WWE Universe despised them at first, but soon grew to love them.
According to WWE, After 11 years of hard work, after clearing every hurdle thrown in his way, after earning every single opportunity, Kofi Kingston seized his moment and defeated Daniel Bryan to become the WWE Champion in one of the most emotional moments in WrestleMania history.
MetLife Stadium was rocking from the moment Big E finished his thunderous introduction for The New Day, as Kofi strode down the massive ramp for the biggest opportunity of his career. Judging by the look on his face, Kingston knew that his life would never be the same after tonight, regardless of the outcome of this match. Big E even pulled out a present for Kingston, promising him that he’d find out what was inside after the battle.
Then, Big E grabbed the present he put aside at the start of the match, and unveiled his gift to the new WWE Champion — a T-shirt symbolizing the 11 years of work Kofi Kingston put into his WWE career, and The New Day’s bond of brotherhood that helped propel Kofi to the top, along with one simple phrase.
“There’s a new champ, yes there is!”