Yesterday, at the tapings for Smackdown and Tribute to the Troops, a photo was taken of Big E, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Sasha Banks, and Rich Swann. What do these five individuals have in common? They happen to be five prominent black WWE Superstars, and they also just so happen to be champion, something that was nearly unheard of for ONE black wrestler not that long ago, let alone FIVE. Someone realized the significance of this moment in WWE History, and documented it with a photograph. Big E posted the photo to his Twitter.
While the response to the photo has apparently been positive, there has been enough negativity spewed in the direction of those depicted in it that Kofi Kingston felt he had to respond:
While much of the feedback has been positive, there has also been a lot of negative response with regard to the picture we posted illustrating Rich, Sasha, Xavier, E, and myself wielding our championship titles. Perhaps this is because many are in question of the motivation behind the post:
It does not come from a place of malice, spite, or gloating. It comes from a place of joy and a place of happiness. We have a very strong sense of pride in being the Black People simultaneously holding championships in WWE. Historically in our nation, there was period in time where this would not have happened, followed by a long period of time where it became possible, but had not actually materialized. Now, we are in the time in which the possibility has become a reality.
Why does this matter?
It matters because even though it is hard for some to fathom, the fact is that there are many people who feel as though it is impossible to attain certain goals because of the color of their skin. This is why we must acknowledge the color of ours in this instance. It is important for people of all races, but particularly people of color, and especially the youth, to see that it is entirely possible to achieve your dreams and aspirations regardless of your race. We are a shining example who want to be a source of motivation for others to believe in themselves and do the same.
Excellence is not the same as supremacy. #BlackExcellence is not meant to be divisive. For even if you do not fall into the specific category, you can still take enjoyment in our pride, because in the biggest picture, in a society that often focuses on the negative aspects of race relations, what has transpired with the 5 of us speaks positively to the progress we've made as a nation.
The New Day just broke Demolition's record for longest reigning tag team champs, Sasha Banks is the three time Raw Women's Champion, and Rich Swann became the Cruiserweight Champion two weeks ago.
They all defend their titles on Sunday at WWE Roadblock: End of the Line.