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American/Ghana professional wrestler
Koffi Kingston just made the African continent proud by defeating
Daniel Bryan to become the second black ever to become WWW champions and fourth world world champs
Kofi Kingston made history at WrestleMania 35, defeating Daniel Bryan in an epic match to become the second black WWE Champion and fourth world champion in company history, joining Mark Henry, Booker T and The Rock.
There has been an ongoing debate about whether or not there has ever been a black WWE Champion. The Rock, who recently said he identifies as half black and half Samoan, is the the only biracial champion in WWE history, but some fans have bizarrely ignored The Rock’s multiple title reigns when talking about WWE’s black world champions because WWE never really promoted The Rock as a black superstar and instead focused more on his Samoan heritage. But now Kingston can join “The Great One” in the annals of history.
So, while Kingston isn’t the first black WWE Champion ever, his WrestleMania title match was the best chance WWE has had in years to break down those once impenetrable barriers. All he had to do was the unthinkable by beating Bryan. He did just that.
In front of a packed house of more than 80,000 fans, Kingston blasted Bryan with a Trouble in Paradise kick and pinned Bryan for the 1-2-3. Not surprisingly, the crowd went crazy for the magical moment that many fans never thought they would see. At least not anytime soon, and certainly not for a star like Kingston who hadn’t really risen above the midcard in 11 years.
Throughout the course of history, only the biggest mainstream star in wrestling history had ever held the company’s most prestigious title, and very few stars have even so much as sniffed it. While both Booker T and Mark Henry had runs with the World Heavyweight Championship, that was virtually always considered WWE’s No. 2 title, perhaps due to the simple fact that it didn’t feature the world WWE in its title.