Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
It is going to be an action-packed night this Saturday at Ford Park because the WWE is back in town.
WWE RAW Live returns to Southeast Texas for a night of thrills and wrestling action on Saturday inside Ford Arena in Beaumont. Tickets are $15-$95 and available at the Ford Park box office, all Ticketmaster outlets including H.E.B. on Dowlen Road in Beaumont, online at www.ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
Some of the biggest names in WWE will be in town this Saturday. A highlight of the evening will feature Mark Henry of Silsbee, Texas, in a tag team match as he and Ryback take on John Cena and Sheamus. This should prove to be an extremely entertaining and vicious match after the beating Cena took at the hands of Ryback recently.
Other wrestlers scheduled to appear include Chris Jericho, Fandango, Antonio Cesaro, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, The Shield and Kofi Kingston, the current United States Champion.
Kingston, 31, who was born in Ghana, has been wrestling since 2006. He made his WWE debut in 2008 and has become one of the most charismatic wrestlers in the business. He has won 10 titles during his career and is a four-time Intercontinental Champion, a three-time United States Champion, a two-time tag team champion and even a World Tag Team champion.
However, Kingston isn’t done yet. He still has a lot left to achieve in his young, but brilliant career.
“I can’t believe I’ve been wrestling that long. Man, time flies,” Kingston said with a laugh during a telephone interview. “It’s been a lot of fun and a great career so far, but I’m not done. My favorite belt is always the one I have at the time, but there is still more for me to do. Everyone in WWE has a different path to the top, when they become the WWE Champion. I’m ready to find mine.”
Kingston has been a fan of wrestling since he was a child growing up in Boston, so it isn’t too surprising to him that he became a wrestler.
“I can’t say when the exact moment was that I knew I wanted to be a wrestler, but, as a kid, I watched wrestling religiously,” he explained. “I would watch WWE every week. I would build rings in my back yard and have matches. I’ve always been a fan and now I’m a part of it.”
While wrestling may appear to be hard work and a bit glamorous, Kingston said there is so much more to it than being on television once or twice a week.
“People see us on TV and they think that’s all there is, but we have a lot of different shows we do other than those you see on TV,” Kingston said. “We do stuff pretty much everyday. We are wrestling just about every night from Friday through Tuesday and then we are on the road in-between. We’re lucky to get a half-day off, much less a whole day, but, if you want to be a superstar, then you definitely have to work hard and work your way to the top.”
Kingston enjoys his appearances on WWE RAW, but he said the non-televised live events, such as the Beaumont event this Saturday, are usually more fun for the wrestlers and entertaining for the fans.
“The events like this are more intimate,” Kingston added. “RAW has a lot of time restrictions because it’s on TV and you have commercials. But with a live event like the one in Beaumont, we can have a lot more fun and interact with the crowd more.”
Kingston knows the Beaumont-faithful will be out in full force this Saturday, especially since Southeast Texas-native Mark Henry will be back in town.
“Mark (Henry) is going to be pumped being back in front of his hometown crowd,” Kingston added. “It’s going to be awesome with him and Ryback taking on (John) Cena and Sheamus in a tag team match. It’s one you will not want to miss.”
Visit www.fordpark.com for more information on the event and visit www.wwe.com for more information on Kingston and other wrestlers.