On May 10th, at Money in the Bank, Big E and Kingston successfully defended the titles in a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team match which also included the Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake), John Morrison and The Miz and Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado).
He is the first African-born world champion in WWE history as well as its 30th Triple Crown Champion and 20th overall Grand Slam Champion (13th under the current format). 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.
With the exception of a few months spent as a villain in 2015 with The New Day, Kingston has been a heroic character for almost the entirety of his WWE career. Speaking on the Swerve City Podcast, Kingston discussed being a locker room leader to young talent: “People are very well traveled, and you have a lot of experience before you even step into a WWE ring.
Now granted, WWE is different than anything else, and a lot of times, the experience level kind of resets as you have to re-learn the style or just the system. And it’s different from person to person. You know what I’m saying? Like there are people who come in, and you get the rocket.
And it’s like, ‘We want you to do this.’ There are other people who come in and have to grind, and grind, and grind, and grind away. You know, door is closed, and they have to find a way to get into the window, but the window is locked.
So, they try to climb through the chimney and come down, and they have to try to dig a hole underneath the foundation and come through. You have to find a way you know. I’m just the one pulling the strings. You know what I mean? So, I’m always there for people to come to me and ask for my advice and my experience, and I’m happy to give it.
You know what I’m saying? But a lot of people these days have a lot more experience, whether it’s being on the independents or wherever or other places not to be named”.