WWE Names Vegan Wrestler Kofi Kingston Its First African-Born Champion
VegNews find out that vegan wrestler Kofi Kingston was named the first African-born World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) World Heavyweight Champion during WrestleMania 35. Eleven years after making his debut in WWE, Kingston reached a career milestone and also made WWE history. The WWE championship belt—which the company debuted in 1963—has been around the waist of 50 men in its history. Born in Ghana, Kingston became the first native African and the second Black man to hold the signature title. “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all,” Kingston posted on Twitter. ‘Without your love and support, especially over the past couple months, none of this happens. You helped me achieve my childhood dream and I’m eternally grateful for each and every one of you. Sincerely, Your WWE World Heavyweight Champion.” Kingston credits his wife Kori for helping him and his family transition to the vegan lifestyle. When he is on the road for WWE events, Kingston explores the local vegan food scene in the cities he visits and is obsessed with vegan pancakes—the coconut quinoa pancakes at vegan-friendly eatery Vital Root in Denver are his current favorite. Earlier this year, WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan, who plays a vegan character, unveiled a vegan belt to replace the coveted leather-based belt traditionally awarded to WWE champions.
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