Speaking on Cheap Heat with Peter Rosenberg, Kofi Kingston revealed he had “a couple of years” left on his contract, and although his deal expires in 2025 he has not made any plans toward his inevitable retirement.
He claimed the pro-wrestling industry is “hard to walk away” from and called his job as a WWE superstar “amazing”
“I don’t know. I have a couple of years left on my contract. I never say, ‘In two years I’m going to be done.’ We always get on Mark Henry about this because he said he was going to retire for 12 years. ‘I’m gonna be done after this year,’ and all of a sudden he comes out in his stuff, ‘Vince (McMahon) told me that they needed me, so I signed for another five years.’ Mark, come on man, you ain’t never retiring! We get on him about that.
This industry is so unique and so fun and such a short period of time in our lives, and I know it’s very hard to walk away. What a lot of people miss about it, and from being on the roster and what I’ve been told, they miss the camaraderie in the locker room. Even now, I see the transition happening where myself, Dolph (Ziggler), Miz, Randy (Orton), we’re kind of the elder statesmen.
Everyone else has gone through NXT, people who I didn’t come up with, so you see the natural transition happening, but the camaraderie in the locker room, it’s still there. Once that’s gone, you don’t really get it back. I’ve always said, as long as I’m having fun, I don’t want to be the guy who comes to work every day and is complaining about being there, ‘I’m not happy with a storyline, I’m pissed off about this.’
This job is so amazing that you should be feeling elated about it every single day. Obviously, there are ups and downs, we all know that, but overall, you shouldn’t be coming to work and having it weigh on yourself and you take it home and you’re mad about what’s going on at work and now the quality of your life isn’t what it should be.”
Kofi Kingston has won 15 tag team championship in the WWE, as well as being a former WWE Champion.
As the 41 year old enters his 17th year in the WWE, he must be looking forward to retirement at the end of a glistening career which will surely end in a WWE Hall of Fame induction.
Kofi Kingston’s WWE Career
While he may be close to retirement, Kofi Kingston has had an incredible WWE career over the past 15 years – but who is Kofi Kingston?
Kofi Kingston is a WWE superstar with a career spanning over a decade. Born in Ghana and raised in the United States, he made his debut in the WWE in 2007 on the ECW brand. However, it wasn’t until he joined the main roster on Raw and SmackDown that his career truly took off.
From the start, Kofi’s high-flying, acrobatic style quickly caught the attention of fans.
He dazzled audiences with his impressive athleticism and flashy moves, earning a reputation as one of the most exciting wrestlers to watch. It wasn’t long before he became a fan favourite and began to climb the ranks of the WWE.
In 2009, Kofi captured his first major championship when he defeated Chris Jericho to become the Intercontinental Champion. This was just the beginning of a long string of title victories, including the United States Championship and multiple Tag Team Championships.
But it was in 2019 that Kofi Kingston reached the pinnacle of his career. He faced off against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35 and emerged victorious, capturing the WWE Championship in what many consider to be one of the most emotional and inspiring moments in WWE history.
Kofi’s win was a triumph not only for himself, but for representation in the industry, as he became the first African-born wrestler to win the top championship in WWE. He also won multiple Tag Team titles alongside Big E and Xavier Woods, in a team called The New Day.
Throughout his career, Kofi has consistently shown dedication, hard work, and a positive attitude. He has been a role model for young wrestlers and fans alike, inspiring countless people to chase their dreams and never give up.
Kofi’s legacy in the WWE will be remembered not only for his numerous championship victories, but for the impact he has had on the industry and the fans who love him.
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