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How Kofi Kingston’s performance in gauntlet match was received backstage

Mustafa Ali was originally scheduled to participate in Sunday’s Elimination Chamber match. However, due to the concussion that Ali had suffered this past Sunday at a WWE Live event, he was pulled out from the match.

Kofi Kingston replaced Mustafa Ali and he took part in the gauntlet match on this week’s Smackdown Live. Despite not winning the match, Kofi gave the performance of his career as he lasted over an hour in the match and impressed many people.

Wrestle Votes commented on Kofi Kingston’s performance in the gauntlet match on this past week’s episode of SmackDown and revealed he has some momentum backstage due to how he performed in the match. He was over with the fans and now apparently backstage as well.

“Hearing that the Kofi – Gauntlet story, with him being in the ring nearly an hour was the same story that was to unfold with Mustafa Ali.

However, given circumstances, an opportunity has now opened for Kofi, and he has momentum. Both w/ fans & backstage after his performance.”

We will have to wait and see how Kofi does in the Elimination Chamber match on Sunday.


  • Kristopher Robinson

    I didnt decide that. But I guarantee you, that unless you’re an old school wrestling fan, you’d have no idea he was half black. Because he does nothing but talk about his samoan heritage.

  • gar216

    Didn’t he feud with Orton/Legacy for the title?

  • gar216

    When did you get the ability to decide something like that?

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I dont really think that counts. Hes always been more dedicated to his Samoan side.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    The was a first Black WWE champion his name was The Rock.

  • Matthew Carter

    Kofi is ready for a title run. Be it him winning at EC or even better, picture this, him and Daniel Bryan are the last two standing, Kofi has Daniel Bryan pinned, about to be 3, only for Rowan & Harper to interfere, causing Bryan to retain. FastLane, Kofi wins #1 contender, then at WM, he wins the belt. What a way to cap off his career- winning the title at WM.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I think it would be a great move for the WWE. Especially as he would be the first black WWE champion. And that would be great publicity. But I honestly don’t think he necessarily essayed with new day. Hes making great money and having fun and is having good matches consistently.

  • oppa

    I’m just glad they didn’t Kennedy him after Randy went off in their match. Since is he actually from Africa, him winning this title, the actual WWE title, would be huge and historic. But I think if WWE is going to go that route, they won’t do it in a transitional route. But if Black roster deserves the distinction of being the first African American WWE champion, it’s him.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I would be a huge move for the WWE. Because he has been in WWE so long yet this is the first time Kofi every gotten a WWE Title match.

  • Soulshroude

    Agreed.

  • Soulshroude

    Notice how this article put Kofi in Mustafa’s place. Articles like this can kiss my ass. Note how bias people who write articles have become and why viewership is down… connected? No, but subjected to ridicule, never the less.

  • CC

    It was an amazing performance that only highlights how wasted he is in New Day.
    The guy deserves a major singles push.
    While he took Ali’s spot, and nobody expected Ali to win on Sunday, it is entirely possible that WWE might actually change their plans and have Kofi win this Sunday. Even if he is just a transitional champ and drops it back to Bryan and Fastlane or something, it would certainly give the fans a real feelgood moment and the pop for him winning would be huge.