Kofi Kingston Talks About Changing His Character, Going to College, a WWE Title Run, More
May 7, 2014 - by Marc Middleton
- Kofi Kingston recently spoke with Music Recall Magazine to promote Monday’s RAW. Here are some highlights:
MRM: Could you speak about your time at Boston College?
Kingston: Well, I studied communications, and I concentrated on advertising, which I use everyday being a WWE Superstar. There are so many things that we do outside of just wrestling in the ring. You have to be aware of how to promote yourself, how you want yourself to come across to the crowd, and how you want them to receive you. And all the skills that I’ve learned in college – really, even making my gear, you know, I design all of my stuff, and I pick out all of my colors and all of that. So I have a very good idea of how I want to present myself as a product to the WWE Universe. So anyone out there who thinks you don’t have to go to college to be a WWE Superstar – they’re wrong. Everything that I’ve learned in college I’m definitely applying to my job today.
MRM: So it was your idea to be a Jamaican character?
Kingston: Oh yeah, definitely. It was something that I came up with on the independent scene. It was funny because I was kind of just joking around in one of our classes. And then everyone in the class was like “oh, you have to do that, it’s so entertaining.” So that’s the route that I went. And like I said I don’t have any regrets about it or anything because it was what got me noticed. One of the main things about being a WWE Superstar is having an ability to stand out. We have a lot of different people on the roster – whether it be your size, your look, your attitude, the way you talk, your athletic ability – you have to find a way to stand out. And if you’re able to do that then you do have a shot at being a WWE Superstar.
MRM: Is there a WWE World Heavyweight Championship run in your future?
Kingston: Definitely man! Look, that’s the goal. I think being a WWE Superstar – if you are not trying to be the best then you probably shouldn’t be on the roster. I’m always trying to get better and better every single day. One of the telltale signs that you are the best is being the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. So that is definitely the goal, and that’s what I work towards every day.
MRM: What are your thoughts on a potential character change?
Kingston: Well, I think character development is definitely very important in terms of longevity in the WWE. The guys who last the longest are the guys who have a rollercoaster of just personality and different stories and where it takes you. I have no idea what the future holds. I think it would definitely be fun to explore some other options. But until then, I’ll do whatever the company asks of me and be wherever they need me to be. Just take it one day at a time and see what happens.