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By Mike Johnson on 2019-04-15 19:12:00

WWE Champion Kofi Kingston did an interview with USA Today and commented on the importance of being the first WWE Champion from Africa, commenting, "It means a lot, especially from a representation standpoint. It’s always important for people to be able to watch WWE, especially because it’s a global product, it’s important for people all over the world to be able to look at the screen and see somebody who looks like them doing great things. And in turn, that inspires them to do great things. For me to inspire people who look like me to do awesome things, and they can look at the screen and say ‘hey, I can do this because I can see someone that looks like me and he’s doing it.’  It’s equally as important too that people who don’t necessarily look like me and can also look to my story for inspiration, because the main thing is I struggled, you know? To get here it’s been a long, hard struggle to make it to this point, and anybody out there, whether you’re black, white, Asian, South American, whatever, you can look to my story and see I struggled to get here but I kept fighting through. I didn’t give up, I didn’t take no for an answer, and I did it. It took me a long time to do it, but I did it. Anything is possible for anybody if they work hard enough."

When asked about the experience of the day leading up to the match, Kingston recounted, "On Sunday we got there so early, I think we were at the building by like nine o’clock in the morning. So we still had all day, I had a bunch of things I had to do. I didn’t really give myself a whole lot of time to sit there and think about what was coming. It really wasn’t until maybe 15, 20, a half-hour before the match that I really started to be like ‘OK, now we’re in the red zone. The countdown is really on.’ It wasn’t a feeling of nervousness, it was more excited to get the ball rolling and get out there and make history."

Kingston noted that his social media and messages exploded after he won and he returned to the locker room to find 150 texts from 150 people and still has yet to get to the bottom of his Twitter timeline because comments keep coming.

You can read the entire interview at this link.

Thanks to Paul Jordan.

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