Watch: WWE Champion Kofi Kingston gives Samoa Joe the middle finger on SmackDown Live as a response to his challenger’s promo.
Kofi Kingston has had a phenomenal 2019. The Dreadlocked dynamo started the year floating in the nothingness of SmackDown’s tag team division. An unfortunate injury to Mustafa Ali however, opened the doors to his meteoric rise. Kofi wowed the audience with his incredible showing in a gauntlet match and there begun his journey to Wrestlemania where he fought for the WWE championship in a one on one match for the first time in his 11-year career.
Kofi became the first African born WWE champion by beating Daniel Bryan in the show of shows. He celebrated his victory by bringing his sons to the ring in a memory that personified him as the family man everyone loved.
He swatted Daniel Bryan once again a month later and then beat Kevin Owens at Money in the Bank. The WWE champion then went to hell and back with Dolph Ziggler and managed to retain his WWE championship.
With his challengers running thin, Raw’s Samoa Joe then brutalized him to lay a challenge for the championship. The mauling took place immediately after Kofi beat Owens and Sami Zayn in back to back matches.
— WWE (@WWE) June 25, 2019
Not your average family guy
Samoa Joe choked the WWE champion in the following week in a 6-man tag team match to show his vulnerabilities for the first time since claiming the title. However, Kofi was at his dominant self once again this Tuesday, matching the Samoan word for word in a promo.
Samoa Joe then asked Kofi to shake his hands in the middle of the ring, with the condition that in doing so, Kofi would concede that the Samoan was better than him. In return, Joe promised that he would not hurt his family and friends in the lead up to Extreme Rules.
Kofi Kingston looked like he was going in for the handshake before he pulled a swerve and gave Joe the middle finger. The finger has been removed from WWE’s social media in keeping with their PG product.
— WWE (@WWE) July 3, 2019
However, the not so PG moment was there for everyone to witness it on their televisions.
— Hyperz Wrestling World (@HyperzWrestling) July 3, 2019
With Corey Graves saying “Oh Shit” on Monday and Kofi flipping Samoa Joe, is WWE heading towards TV 14, like the days of ‘Attitude Era’ and ‘Ruthless aggression Era’? Guess we’ll have our answers in the coming weeks.