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Kofi Kingston Celebrates 10 Years in WWE

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While WWE superstars, Hall of Famers, alumni and fans are celebrating Monday Night Raw’s 25 Anniversary, one of the company’s top performers, Kofi Kingston, is reveling in his own milestone.

Kingston recently passed the 10-year mark with the company. Like many WWE superstars, Kingston and his fellow New Day members Big E and Xavier Woods made an appearance on Raw’s 25th anniversary.

In an interview with WWE.com, the New Day member expressed his thoughts on being a 10-year veteran with the company.

“It’s really, really cool. Ten years is a long time. I always tell people when you’re with WWE for a while, it starts to become the thing you’ve done the longest. It used to be, high school was four years, then college was four years, you worked at a certain job for two years and another job for another two years, then all of a sudden, you’re here … for 10 years? It’s a really weird feeling. I remember when I debuted; it feels like just yesterday, but at the same time, it feels forever ago. It’s like this bizarre time warp. But I’m grateful to be one of the guys that’s been here for that long.”

On. Jan. 22, 2008, Kingston made his official WWE debut as he defeated local wrestler David Owen on ECW on Syfy. Throughout the month prior, vignettes for Kingston’s television debut began airing on ECW – marking the first time a Jamaican wrestler was competing in WWE – he is actually from Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana.

After some time in ECW, Kingston was brought to the Raw brand during the supplemental draft. He would get his first taste of WWE gold when he defeated Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Championship in his first match as a Raw superstar – and in the process becoming the first wrestler from Ghana to hold a championship in WWE.

Kingston was widely regarded – and still is – as one of the WWE’s top performers, using his high flying offense to captivate audiences. His Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank spots have also etched their way into WWE history.

While he is regarded as a great worker in the ring, Kingston never seemed to move past the midcard. He had some brushes with main event stars like Randy Orton, but he never seemed to be in the main event scene. Like many superstars who have been with the company for a long time, Kingston had a slow period where he wasn’t doing much. 

Then he joined the New Day with Big E and Woods and things took a different turn. Although fans still witnessed Kingston’s impressive in-ring skills, they also saw a side of him many thought would never emerge – heel. Alongside Big E and Woods, Kingston relished in the heel role and showcased his comedy chops. Overtime, the New Day went from being one of the best heel acts in the company to one of the most over face groups in professional wrestling.

Kingston has held numerous championships in WWE: four Intercontinental championships, three U.S. titles and a variety of seven tag team championships with the likes of C.M. Punk, Evan Bourne, R-Truth, as well as his New Day brethren Big E and Woods.

When asked what is next for him and the New Day, Kingston had this answer:

“The next step is to keep climbing the ladder. Every year. I think it’s been four years — which is crazy to even think about; it’s been four years or almost four years that I’ve been with The New Day. That, legitimately, feels like yesterday that we were trying so hard and desperately fighting for our jobs to get on television. And now here we are with pancakes and unicorn horns and “who” chants. But we’re always just looking forward.”

Kingston, Woods and Big E are coming off one of their most successful years in WWE and they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Here’s to 10 years for Kingston in the WWE, and let’s hope he has another 10 years – and more – ahead of him.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? September 17, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, Dean Ambrose versus Drew McIntyre was a great opening match to start off Raw. These two went back and forth and McIntyre ended up getting the victory after hitting a Claymore Kick. The rivalry between the Shield and McIntyre, Ziggler, and Strowman will possibly end at the Super Showdown so matches like this help elevate this rivalry.

For Smackdown, the segment we got from Randy Orton was one of the best pieces of his work. After defeating Jeff Hardy at Hell in a Cell, Orton was in the back at the production truck and he was harassing one of the workers to watch all of his assaults against Hardy. Orton then states that it will be nothing compared to his next victim. Things are looking up and really interesting for Orton going forward.

The Bad

For Raw, we got a filler match between Bayley and Dana Brooke and it wasn’t much. Last week, Dana Brooke decided to go on her own and it doesn’t make a difference because she lost to Bayley in a few minutes. Along with that, apparently creative has nothing in mind for the team of Bayley and Sasha Banks since the Riot Squad is dealing with the Bella Twins.

For Smackdown, they are deciding to have Naomi and Asuka be a team moving forward. While it probably would be better to have them face off against each other, WWE has decided to have them go against the IIconics next. Maybe the rumor of women’s tag team championship at Evolution are true and that’s why they keep forming women teams?

The Final Verdict

Fresh off of Hell in a Cell, both shows needed to show where they were going next. The Super Showdown does have lots of matches with implications on it and both brands are focused on that. But, Raw also introduced the Crown Jewel PPV, which will take place later this year and include Brock Lesnar getting his rematch for the Universal Championship. In regards to what show had more meaning and was better, Smackdown definitely took it this week. We got a great match between AJ Styles and Andrade Almas, Rusev Day unfortunately is broken up for good, and we got a great ending segment with Becky Lynch as the new champion. In conclusion, Smackdown is providing solid shows and storylines week after week while Raw does have some interesting angles, not everything they are trying is clicking.

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Tommy Dreamer Says ECW Was Funded By WWE From the Beginning

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ECW legend Tommy Dreamer says that WWE funded Paul Heyman’s creation since day 1, even though it appeared, at times, that ECW was competing with Vince McMahon’s WWE during 1990s, and the infamous Monday Night Wars between WWE and WCW.

“I did not find out that Paul was in bed with them until we did any episode of Byte This together and he said it on the air and if you watch my face you can see it” Dreamer said, during an interview with WSVN-TV Entertainment reporter Chris Van Vliet .

“The story changes all the time, Jim Ross who was the head of talent relations at the time says they were in bed together all the time and that Paul Heyman would get checks, but Paul said he didn’t get checks.

“It’s many, many conspiracy theories. Shane McMahon told me Paul was in bed with WWE the entire time. Bruce Prichard said he was in bed with them since day one.”

Dreamer also talked about All-In, where he was seen walking with Cody to the ring for his NWA World Title match against Nick Aldis.

“Honestly, when I saw NWA’s YouTube show ’10 Pounds of Gold’ and Cody talked about Dusty’s five guys I seriously got all teary eyed. Then when talking with Glacier and DDP they were like we didn’t know that either.

“So now we’re forever connected. A lot of people say in life you can count your friends on one hand or you’re lucky if you can count them on two and for the fact that Dusty Rhodes counted three wrestlers that were part of his five guys, it was an amazing, amazing thing that we all witnessed together.

“Cody is someone I hired into WWE and The Young Bucks I use them all the time on my shows and they were like my main eventers before people thought they were main eventers. They’re my guys.”

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WWE Starrcade Announced

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WWE has announces Starrcade for the second straight year, and a number of matches have already been announced for the PPV that takes place Saturday, November 24th from Cincinnati, Ohio at the US Bank Arena.

  • The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre (Cincinnati Street Fight)
  • WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
  • Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (Steel Cage Match)
  • United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev
  • Smackdown Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. The Bar
  • Special Performance: Elias with Ric Flair

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