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HISTORY MADE: Kofi Kingston becomes the first African-American WWE Champion

After 11 years of sacrifices, loyalty, and hard work, Kofi Kingston has finally made his climb to the very top. At WrestleMania 35, Kingston defeated Daniel Bryan and became the first-ever African American WWE Champion in history.

Kingston and Bryan went at it for quite some time with Bryan having the upper hand throughout the match. However, in the final minutes of the match, Kingston overcame Bryan’s vicious LeBell lock and delivered a triumphant Trouble in the Paradise for the victory, the title, and the history.

After the match, the New Day joined Kingston in one of the most emotional post-match celebrations in WrestleMania history. Kingston’s children also joined him in the ring to celebrate their father’s historic victory.

 

 

 


  • Michael L Warren II

    There is not one black person in the United States that would ever say….”half black” is not black. In fact, I’ve rarely ever heard the term “half black” used by any black person. Only non-black people would even think to question the Rock’s blackness, or people that just don’t know. Black people generally don’t distinguish “levels of blackness” based on ancestry. I didn’t know Slash from Guns N Roses or Maya Rudolph were black, but after seeing them talk about it and that one of their parents is black, then I accept that they are black.

    In regards to racism, I just don’t think non-black people would question the Rock’s blackness out of malice or hate, just ignorance of not knowing.

  • Michael L Warren II

    not true at all, he got his fame from being in a “pro black militant” faction and his dad “Soul Patrol” “Sweet Ebony” Rocky Johnson was heavily promoted as his father. The Rock considers himself black (he also considers himself Samoan). He considers himself as a WWE Champion. Therefore, he considers himself the first black WWE champion.

  • Keith Learmonth

    To be fair, Rock’s dad is Canadian. 😛

    But more importantly, Rock has also seemed to identify a lot more as Samoan than african.

  • Keith Learmonth

    “If WWE still exists”… are you insane? WWE has a company value in the billions. Impact has been running on virtually nothing for about 6 years now. There’s no way WWE ever goes out of business in just a year from now. If impact can scratch, and claw, and still exist, WWE could probably go another decade even if the company never made another dollar.

  • Rinn13

    As a person of “mixed” heritage myself, I understand racism perfectly well, thanks. And saying that if you’re not “full black”, that it “doesn’t count”, is racism. Which is ironic, because a hell of a lot of black Americans are mixed, and many are even only a quarter or less black, and still consider themselves to be nothing else BUT black.

    People, collectively, don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground. And the point stands: Rock was the first black WWF/E Champion. Half, or not.

  • Brad Grillakis

    I live in the US and many people I know and come across think the same way. You can even google Mulatto and it comes up “light brown” not black. I don’t classify myself as white, I am caucasian. If you white, you look like Sheamus.

  • Brad Grillakis

    Obama is Mulatto as well. Obama not black. Who has darker skin color people like Kofi or people like Obama? People like kofi is the definition of black.

  • SamH

    Austin began as a midcarder too. So did the Undertaker. And the Rock. And Foley. And HHH.

    Most people get sick of seeing the same main events over and over again. I’m not sure why you don’t, but hey, lots of little kids need the comfort of repetition too, so I’m not going to judge you.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Doesnt count. He was never the WWF/E champion, only WHC.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    He was never the WWF/E champion.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I dont think it has anything to do with racism. While, yes The Rock is half black, he never talks to really mentions himself being half black. The Rock does nothing but talk about and except his samoan heritage. So possibly The rock doesnt consider himself the first black champion.

  • SamH

    Not everyone uses the American system of “One black parent makes you black.” Especially since it wasn’t made with tolerance in mind.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were Mid Card wrestlers long before they became WWF Champion how that workout again?

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    If that was true then Obama wasn’t the first black President because his mother was white. But Obama was the first Black President.

  • Michael L Warren II

    you may not understand racism if that’s your definition. I believe a lot of the confusion with the Rock is that the Rock is a huge mainstream celebrity with a large casual fan base and just based on appearance is associated more with his Samoan heritage. No black person that has ever seen the Rock’s father, would say that he wasn’t black.

  • Michael L Warren II

    that’s not a term/distinction that we use in the united states. There people lighter than the Rock with 2 black parents. If you have one black parent, you’re black. Yes, he’s still Samoan and still black.

  • Brad Grillakis

    Id disagree with you too. The Rock is Mulatto, which is light brown skin, not black. Kofi is black. Farooq is black. Booker T is black. Look at their skin color.

    That’s like saying caucasian are white. You want to see white, look at Sheamus and Becky Lynch. They white.

    So it does matter pal.

  • Kofi is Ghanaian American….so he really is the 1st African American Wwe Champion.

  • But Kofi is from Ghana South Africa….hence 1st African American Champ

  • Brad Grillakis

    The Rock is Mulalto, not black. Kofi is black. Hence the difference in skin color. That’s not racist. Mulatto you can describe a person as light brown skin.

    Just like some people associate Caucasian to be white. I don’t. You want to see a white person, look at Sheamus or Becky Lynch. They white.

  • Duke_D

    Booker T did it ….

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    We all knew that some people are just never happy.

  • StoneColdBeckyLynch

    I guess Obama wasn’t an African-American president either

  • StoneColdBeckyLynch

    Buddy Rogers was the first WWE champion

  • StoneColdBeckyLynch

    Guess The Rock isn’t African-American. Does that mean Sasha Banks isn’t African-American either?

  • Pope DaHammer

    Wasnt Booker T Champion

  • Rinn13

    Ron was the first black “World Champion” for any major promotion in the US. He was WCW Champion in the early 90s. The people making a huge deal about Kofi, are doing so only considering the WWF/WWE title itself. And even then, they don’t want to “count” Rock, because he’s “only half”. Because, you know, racism.

  • Duck

    Well I guess it must be young ppl making this article because I thought Ron Simmons/ Farooq was the first….

  • gar216

    Troll much?

  • William Chaudoin

    What shape is that since you seem to know alot? Either way, there is a Black WWE Champion and there should have been one a long time ago. It is a good thing. One day the people that think otherwise will be dead and the world will be a better place.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    This is how stupid the people on the dirt sheet are The Rock Dwayne Johnson was the first WWE champion.

  • Sparti Love

    You could say the same about Dbray when he won his first championship

  • Rinn13

    Anyone who is actually ignorant/petty enough to claim that being “mixed” somehow doesn’t count, thus The Rock WASN’T the first black WWF Champion, doesn’t deserve to talk. To anyone. Period.

    That is the worst kind of racist BS. All due congrats to Kofi, he deserves it. But let’s NOT pretend that Rock wasn’t the first black WWF champion a LONG time ago. This is not “historic”, except for Kofi himself.

  • Mike the Ike

    Kofi. I was saying that the Rock was the first African-American champ, unless you mean true African-American, which Kofi is, while the Rock is black.

  • rob

    LOL a midcarder for life now is the champion, so next wrestlemania is curt hawkinsMania? if Wwe still exists by then that is

  • Yespage

    Who was born in Ghana? Rocky Johnson was born in Canada. Dwayne Johnson was born in California.

  • Whatever you say, you’re part of why this country is in the shape it’s in.

  • Mike the Ike

    You’re clearly a moron. I’m done.

  • JC Bolden

    So you are saying someone shouldn’t be WWE champion because of his color but I’m the one that isn’t smart? I’m not even going to begin to dig into this one with you.

  • He wasn’t though.

  • There’s only one WWE title, Mark Henry did not win it.

  • Mike the Ike

    He was born in Ghana, which is in Africa

  • Mike the Ike

    Doesn’t matter. Still counts. It’s like saying barack wasn’t the first black president.

  • Yespage

    So this is a belt thing, as Mark Henry won the “other” heavyweight title?

  • I mean, you’re not even smart enough to follow this conversation, why would I bother to explain anything to you?

  • Yespage

    When was California a part of Africa? Man times seem to be changing.

  • JC Bolden

    That’s what I thought you meant. On what premise do you say that?

  • Literally can not make it any more clear. Black people don’t deserve to be WWE champion

  • JC Bolden

    I’m not one to assume so please clarify what you mean.

  • what?

    I knew the crybabies would come out

  • Wrong, Rock isn’t full black

  • You know why that is, those kind of “people” don’t deserve the belt

  • JC Bolden

    Why would that be?

  • Mike the Ike

    Unless of course you mean actual African-American and not black American, since he was born in Africa and then moved here.

  • Mike the Ike

    Wrong. The Rock did it like 20 years ago.

  • This makes me sick, Vince Sr is rolling in his grave.