History has been made at WrestleMania 35 with Kofi Kingston emerging the first African to win WWE championship.
Ghana’s own Kofi Kingston has made history becoming the first African-born wrestler to become a WWE champion, Wrestling news reports.
-37-year-old Kofi, born Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah defeated Daniel Bryan for the conveted belt at WrestleMania 35.
More than 75,000 fans were at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for the event tagged “the show of the immortals“.
Sean Coyle of ESPN, rated this match a 4.75 out of 5. He described the match thus:
“Bryan and Kofi took some time feeling each other out before either risked a maneuver that could backfire, but that’s exactly what happened when Kofi attempted to dive on Bryan, who was outside in the ring and in front of the announcer’s table. Bryan moved just in time and Kofi took the brunt of the blow.
The champ, standing on the top rope, then delivered a knee to Kofi’s head, and slowly and surely, Bryan was showing everyone why he had been the head of the class on Smack Down. Soon afterwards, Bryan locked in a Boston Crap, a sumission that had Kofo screaming in pain, but Kofi wouldn’t tap, even as Bryan connected with one kick after another to his face.
Kofi was able to turn the tide as he leaped off the top rope and onto Bryan, who was lying face first in the ring. Back and forth they went as the cadence picked up. Kofi was feeling it, and so was the crowd inside the stadium”.
“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you-all.” Sarkodie- Mensah, who has been waiting on this moment for 11 years states on twitter.
“Without your love and support, especially over the past couple months, none of this happens. You helped me achieve my childhood dream and I’m eternally grateful for each and everyone of you. Sincerely, your WWE World Heavyweight Champion”.
Kofi actually began his career as a Jamaican with an accent inspired by listening to Damian Marley. This act was meant to capture the imagination of wrestling fans in the elaborate fantasy world of professional wrestlers.
He says he was eventually allowed to drop the act as it was too difficult to justify the character. Ghanaians accused him of being ashamed of his heritage and Jamaicans called him out for being fake.