Kofi Kingston has been crowned the second black champion of World Wrestling Entertainment in the company’s nearly 70 year history, and people have been celebrating on social media big time.
At 37 years of age, Kingston has been with the company for over 11 years, and on Sunday he beat Daniel Bryan at “WestleMania 35” inside New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. The first black man to become WWE champion was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who won the title before he became a movie star.
Kingston is also the first native African to win the belt since he was born in Kumasi, Ghana.
“After watching WWE for 35 years it has happened I have waited for this moment since I was a kid,” one man tweeted Monday about Kingston’s win. “To see a black (African American) as the WWE highest champion. History has been made. Now I really believe anything is possible.”
“It inspires a generation,” another person wrote. “You just don’t give up, you push on until you make it.”
“Been a long time coming man,” a third wrestling fan commented. “It was an honor to cheer my lungs out for you in the crowd.”
“My champion is black…..my lambo’s blue and I’ll be got damn if my rims ain’t too,” wrote someone else, quoting the lyrics to Jeezy‘s “My President.”
Kingston also sent a message and thanked his supporters. Plus, he said being the WWE champ has been a dream of his for a very long time.
“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all,” he tweeted on Monday. “Without your love & support, especially over the past couple months, none of this happens. You helped me achieve my childhood dream & I’m eternally grateful for each & every one of you. Sincerely, Your WWE World Heavyweight Champion – Kofi.