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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? January 7, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, the main event between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental championship was a great match and a good way to end this rivalry and move forward with both competitors. Ambrose ended up winning after Bobby Lashley interfered and attacked Rollins. This made sense as the show opened with Rollins and Lashley brawling and these two have been at each other for the past few weeks. What’s really good to take out of this is now Rollins can focus on the Royal Rumble and Ambrose can focus on who is next contender is for his championship.

For Smackdown, the push for Shane McMahon and The Miz to go for the tag team championship was an entertaining way to help build this match up at the Royal Rumble. After Shane expressed aggressiveness and prove worthiness to earn a championship match, the Miz tried to impress him by going out there and challenging the Bar to that match by himself. The challenge was accepted and even though that isn’t what Shane meant, they are getting the match that wanted when they first formed.

The Bad

For Raw, the Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar “face to face” segment fell flat. Strowman struggled on his delivery of insults to Lesnar, and the “face to face” was more of just Lesnar walking around the ring over and over again without getting in Strowman’s face. At this point, anybody but Brock Lesnar needs to hold the Universal championship in order to give it a more important feel. 

For Smackdown, there was nothing they had that was really too bad. Smackdown was able to give proper time for all the rivalries they are building up. 

The Final Verdict

Smackdown has been hitting on all the right cylinders with their shows for a while now. Once they establish a championship match for the PPV, they give proper buildup and interesting scenarios for each one. Along with that, when Smackdown wants to build up a rivalry just for their show, they are able to do that effectively as well. While Raw does try to do the same, there segments and matches just don’t have the spark that Smackdown is able to deliver. So, with that said, Smackdown had the better show this week. In conclusion, the Royal Rumble is one of the big 4 PPV’s for the year of 2019 for WWE, and so far it looks like everything is going right for Smackdown while Raw is still trying to find their footing.

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Nikki Cross Posts Farewell to NXT

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WWE superstar Nikki Cross is on her way to the main roster, looking likely to land on the SmackDown roster.

Cross posted the following farewell to NXT, where he has spent the past few years, on her social media page:

See you down the road @WWENXT
This isn’t goodbye…we caused far too much mischief and had too much fun doing it for this to be it… pic.twitter.com/0Fk8wEEUzX— Nikki Cross (@NikkiCrossWWE) January 10, 2019

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Matt Hardy Hinting at In-Ring Return

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Matt Hardy may not be done wrestling after all.

The WWE superstar, and future WWE Hall of Famer, had been rumored to been winding down his career and transitioning to a backstage role in 2018 as he was dealing with a number of nagging injuries.

Hardy also posted a couple of videos, and posts on social media, that echoed those intentions, at least they appeared to.

Now, Hardy seems to be hinting at an in-ring return in WWE.

Excited to check out the 1st #RAW of 2019 tonight, especially with all the interesting things that are advertised. Most importantly, I need to see where all the pieces are positioned & moving to on the @WWE chess board.

ALMOST TIME TO GET BACK INTO THE GREAT GAME…. AGEEN! pic.twitter.com/WFXeCiHb1h— #WOKEN, yet #BROKEN, Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 8, 2019

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