WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston recently spoke with Sports Illustrated about a range of topics, including his recent trip to Ghana.
On returning to Ghana:
“I didn’t know what to expect, but I definitely didn’t expect the reception to be nearly as energetic and wild as it was. The level of elation I felt for coming home made me feel blessed, and it really meant a lot to me to come back home as WWE Champion.”
On representing more than just race:
My story is not just about race, it has transcended race. My story had been one of struggle. Anyone, from any background, can relate to struggling. Having a conflict, not believing you could accomplish your goal, and people holding you down and telling you that you can’t do something; I have been in all of those positions. I’ve had the option of quitting or to keep fighting. I want to set the example for everyone, and that doesn’t matter about race, as long as you’re willing to fight to achieve what you want to achieve.
“I think that’s why people were so happy I won at WrestleMania—my story is much bigger than one race. It’s a story where people of all ethnicities can relate. That’s why I’ve put so much pressure on myself to be the best WWE champion I can be.”
On Brock Lesnar possibly cashing in on him:
“I’m not ruling out Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar showing up on SmackDown and cashing in. Until Brock actually cashes in his contract, there is always a target on my back.
“That has been the story of my career. I’m not necessarily believed in. But I would love for him to cash in his contract on me, putting me in that David vs. Goliath role. That’s something I would welcome. I want to become the best WWE champion of all time, so I want to go up against the best competition. And Brock is one of the best. Brock is going to have to be up for a fight if he challenges me, but I’d welcome it.”