Kofi Kingston reflects on the representation that he and Bobby Lashley are bringing to the WWE Championship picture.
This Sunday at Money in the Bank, Bobby Lashley and Kofi Kingston will face off for the WWE Championship Both men are two of only three African-American WWE Champions in history, with the other being The Rock.
When asked, on a recent episode of the Battleground Podcast, how he feels about competing in a match against Bobby Lashley for the championship, Kofi Kingston reflected on the representation that he and Bobby have brought to the title and spoke about wanting to be a beacon of change for all ethnicities
“I hadn't really thought about the situation [and] having two African Americans going up for the WWE Championship. I mean, it wasn't so long ago that we'd never had an African-born WWE Champion and the amount of African American Champions that we had was really limited,” Kingston began. “ Now, we're at a point where you have two African Americans going up against each other wrestling for the WWE title.
“So, I think it's both a step in the right direction, for sure, and it's a marker of pride because I think that representation and incredibly important for people who are watching television to see people that look like themselves doing incredible things and to motivate them to go on and do more incredible things because it's one thing to say anything is possible, but it's one thing to see it and believe it because it's happening. I think we both take a lot of pride in that role and the potential motivation of several African American youths -- or really, people from any background, seeing that this is happening right now. So it's definitely a step in the right direction and it's what we want to be prevalent in the industry. Here we are and for me and Bobby to be at the forefront of it, I think that's a great thing. It's a beautiful thing.”
Kofi Kingston looks to capture his second WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley this Sunday. Fightful will have live coverage of Money in the Bank beginning Sunday at 7 p.m. eastern time.
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