At WrestleMania 35, Kofi Kingston defeated Bryan and won the WWE Championship for the first time, becoming the first African-born WWE Champion in history, as well as WWE's 30th Triple Crown and 20th Grand Slam champion.
With the exception of a few months spent as a heel (villainous character) in 2015 with The New Day, Kingston has been a babyface (heroic character) for almost the entirety of his WWE career. WWE Hall of Famer Superstar Billy Graham gave some unsolicited advice for new WWE World champion Kofi Kingston on his Facebook page: "I am sure Vince will sit Kofi down and say, “Now Kofi, you listen to every word the Superstar has to say about your run as the first African born WWE World Heavyweight Champion”.
Congratulations to Kofi for winning the most important Title in pro wrestling history….sorry you NWA guys…. Notice the word “Heavyweight” in his Title…so my man, I urge you to start doing some steroids and add about 50 pounds of solid muscle to your championship body.
Vince wont care, honestly. Actually he would be quite pleased with the muscular transformation, as I predict that you young man will have the longest run as WWE champ in modern-day history. Then in just a short time while you are red h*t and the fans are celebrating your win, your 2 former partners in crime, E and Woods get jealous and turn on you. In my day there would be some blood in that double cross on you but God forbid….not now."