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.
He is the first African-born WWE Champion and is also a member of The New Day along with Big E and Xavier Woods. In addition, Kingston himself holds the singular record for most days spent as a Tag Team Champion within WWE and is also known for innovative ways of suspending his elimination from Royal Rumble and battle royal matches.
In a long interview with Vicente Beltran per Wrestling Inc, Kofi recalled the lead-in day to his win at WrestleMania 35: “It’s funny you should say that regarding the first 24 hours. I got an hour and a half of sleep, had media day with Becky Lynch.
I came back had breakfast with my family. During that, I had a phone call that said AJ Styles was injured and unable to do his VIP Signing at Axxess. So, I had to leave breakfast with my family, go immediately to Axxess and have a two-hour signing.
Finally came back, I thought I would be able to get some sleep and then my high school wrestling coach called and said someone from the Boston Globe wanted to do an interview with me. I did the interview and in the middle of doing the interview, I got a text from our talent relations team asking me to call them back and after the interview I did. They told me I was needed for Raw. I said okay let me try and get some sleep."