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19We are continuing to pay tribute here at Mr. X’s Punch Out to all the amazing African Americans that have stepped foot into the squared circle for Black History Month. We have already checked out one member of The New Day in Big E Langston, now we are checking out the man who once went from being Jamaican to being from West Ghana in Kofi Kingston. It’s hard to believe that Kofi has been with the company over ten years now, but he has done so much including a run for the Intercontinental Championship back in 2008. All roads lead to WWE Night Of Champions 2008 when he took on then IC Champ Chris Jericho at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX. Going into the match, Jericho had no idea who his opponent was going to be so when Kofi’s music kicked on Jericho may have taken him lightly at that very point. Jericho established the early advantage over Kofi by grounding the high flyer and then punishing him with some kicks to the chest. Jericho thought he had the match though when he tried to throw Kingston over the top rope, but he bounced off of it and started delivering some haymakers to Jericho.

20When he went to hit the a flying elbow, Jericho was smart and left the ring, but he was met by a baseball slide and a springboard cross body from Kingston. Once he was back in the ring, he was met with another crossbody, but the advantage wouldn’t last long as Jericho tossed Kofi out of the ring. At this point, Jericho was in full control of the match as he targeted the back area of Kofi to try and ground him from being a high flyer and hopefully set up a walls of Jericho at some point. Finally after a while, Kofi was able to garner some offense surprising Jericho with some great shots and a hurricanrana. He would then attempt the boom drop, but Jericho tried to counter it into the walls, but Kofi wouldn’t let him and eventually he hit the boom drop. After he failed to get the pinfall, Jericho clotheslined him forcing the advantage to be back in his corner.

21.pngJericho would then execute an bodyslam and he followed it with the lionsault before he put Kofi right into the walls of Jericho. With his body in the scorpion position, Kofi needed a hope in the world to get out of it and his prayers were answered. All of a sudden there was a commotion in the crowd and it was the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels who instantly superkicks Lance Cade. Jericho sees all of this happening and he instantly lets go of Kofi and shoulder blocks Michaels from getting in the ring. This provided Kofi with enough time to hit Trouble in Paradise as he pinned Jericho for the 1-2-3. Kofi was your new Intercontinental Champion and the rest they say is history. After the match, Jericho would go on to strike Shawn Michaels out of frustration over the loss.