Audio: Kofi Kingston talks heel turn, Rumble dodge, how he became Jamaican

Jan 10, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck

Arda Ocal of theScore Television Network and the Baltimore Sun spoke with WWE Superstar Kofi Kingston. Highlights:

– Talking about RAW’s 20 anniversary episode, how special it will be being a part and how special it was being a part of RAW 1000, and being a fan as a kid watching RAW #1

– How his Jamaican character came about and how he was able to keep the same character through the indies and in WWE, even keeping his legit first name
” I trained up in Boston. At the time, the rumor was, ‘if you want to get signed by WWE you have to be a character, they are looking for characters right now.’ I didn’t really know what that meant at the time, then one of the guys, (ROH referee) Todd Sinclair said to come up with a name and character otherwise I’d get stuck with a silly name…. (story continues in video)”

– The story of how he “lost his Jamaican accent” on RAW

– Addressing the fact that he has only had to title matches on PPV involving the WWE title or World Heavyweight championship – admitting that he wants to be a World champion

– Last year’s “Royal Rumble dodge” and how soon before the Rumble he plans a spot like that

– Will Kofi Kingston ever become a heel in WWE?

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