WWE Superstar Kingston answers YOUR Tweets and e-mails
Last Updated: 13/03/13 12:54pm
Kofi Kingston is used to locking horns with some of the best Superstars in the WWE - but he took time out of his schedule to grapple with YOUR questions.
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The Ghanaian, who has won the Intecontinental, United States and WWE Tag Team Titles since he debuted on the main roster in 2007, stopped off at Sky Studios to promote WrestleMania 29, which takes place on Sunday, April 7 inside New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.
And after he gave Sky Sports News the lowdown on WWE's biggest show of the year - an interview you can watch by hitting the video at the top of the screen - Kingston answered some of the posers you sent in via Twitter and the Sky Sports website.
Read on for his take on whether CM Punk can end the Undertaker's undefeated streak at the grandest stage of the all, his favorite 'Mania moment in history, how legendary WWE manager Paul Bearer will be remembered and more...
Flair: retired at 'Mania 24
Who would you like to face at WrestleMania this year? @Galoogian
KOFI SAYS: Curt Hawkins and I came up through the Deep South Wrestling territory together so it would pretty cool to go head-to-head with, and beat, him at WrestleMania. Curt is a very good in-ring performer and very underrated, but he got injured for a little while so he hasn't been on TV too much recently. He is probably more popular over in the UK because of his appearances on WWE Superstars and WWE NXT and his time as an Edgehead.
What is your favourite WrestleMania moment of all time? Harry
KOFI SAYS: One of the moments that stands out for me is Ric Flair's retirement match versus Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24 in Orlando, Florida. Performers don't usually get to watch bouts from the crowd as the attention will be on us rather than the match, but I managed to get into a section and see Flair-Michaels without the fans knowing - and it was incredible. It was a clash between two stars of different eras and even though it was sad to see Ric lose, it was such a spectacle.
Do you think the Undertaker's WrestleMania streak will ever end? @RupiLal
KOFI SAYS: I don't know, but it could end this year because CM Punk always finds a way to win and if anyone can beat the Undertaker it is probably him. However, many have tried and all have failed to beat the Phenom at WrestleMania, including Shawn Michaels and Triple H. If I was a betting man, I would say Undertaker will never lose at 'Mania, but I think he is going to have a great match with Punk.
Undertaker: unbeaten at 'Mania
What is CM Punk really like? Marvin
KOFI SAYS: CM Punk is just like you see him on TV. He's not particularly outgoing and won't come up to you in a restaurant and be all smiles, but if you get to know him he is a very good friend and very good dude to the people that he cares about.
What is your favourite wrestling move? @BenPenfold1
KOFI SAYS: My favourite wrestling move is the Blockbuster, a manoeuvre that WCW star Buff Bagwell used to perform. It's like a flipping neckbreaker and it looks very impressive when you see it.
What has been your greatest match in WWE? @AbbasShabir
KOFI SAYS: One of my favourite matches was when I beat Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Championship in 2008. I used to watch Y2J back in the day so to be going up against him, let alone beat him, was mind-blowing and to win the title from him was extra special. I consider the Intercontinental Championship the most prestigious belt in the WWE as so many greats have held it, so to hold it myself made me very proud.
Jericho: one of Kofi's idols
What has been your most embarrassing moment? @the_hoganater
KOFI SAYS: I was once wrestling Manu, who used to be in The Legacy, and because he always put lots of baby oil on before he came out for a match he left blotches of it in the ring. I put him on the mat but when I went running towards him as I geared up to hit my Boom Drop I started to slip backwards - which in my mind was slow-motion Matrix style - but thankfully I managed to catch myself and avoided embarrassment. I came close to slipping, too, when I poured paint on Randy Orton's NASCAR vehicle a few years ago - but, once again, I managed to save myself.
Will you be teaming up with R-Truth again in the future? @lauren_jenks96
KOFI SAYS: Truth and I are boys, almost like long-lost brothers and he always has my back and I always have his. We might come together again but at the moment he and his son, Little Jimmy, are working on a few things and he is trying to be a good dad.
What do you make of Fandango? Chris
KOFI SAYS: I don't know what to make of Fandango. I was supposed to have a match with him on Raw a couple of weeks ago but he just danced and refused to compete because ring announcer Justin Roberts didn't say his name right. I was looking forward to putting the whooping on Fandango and giving him a proper welcome to the WWE but he took that away from me. We've seen he can dance but I'm not sure how that will help in a match.
Michaels & Hart: two greats
Who was your childhood hero? @the_hoganater
KOFI SAYS: My childhood hero was my mum because she was very resilient and got a doctorate degree in anthropology at the University of Harvard. I saw how hard she worked and she was a very motivating character and I think I got those qualities from her. From a wrestling point of view, I looked up to Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat because I liked his high-flying, martial-arts style - and he came to the ring breathing fire!
Do you agree that Bret Hart is the greatest of all time? Jags
KOFI SAYS: You've got to throw Michaels and the Undertaker in there, too, because they do so many different things and it is unfair to put your finger on just one guy and call him the greatest. It is subjective; if you are a technician you are going to like Bret, if you're a high-flyer you are going to like Michaels.
Do you think that the UK should host a pay-per-view? @Lucyy_Thompson
KOFI SAYS: I do. I don't know how it would work and whether we would show it live to US audiences or on a delay, but British fans always stay up late to watch our pay-per-views - even WrestleMania will begin at midnight - so maybe one time a year we could catch the show earlier for you guys.
Bearer: legendary manager
Who's the strongest guy in the gym? þ@JPepper7
KOFI SAYS: Probably Big E. Langston; he is ridiculously huge and I think he deadlifts something like 806 pounds and his bench press is up there, too. You've seen how big his chest is and he is very stout and probably the strongest in the WWE right now.
Do you prefer the PS3 or the Xbox? @the_hoganater
KOFI SAYS: I probably play my Xbox more but that's because my PlayStation 3 is upstairs and I hardly ever go upstairs in my house because I like to do as little cardio as possible. But I play all systems because I am a gamer at heart.
How will Paul Bearer, who recently passed away, be remembered? Steve
KOFI SAYS: He will be remembered as a genuinely good person and someone who made a huge impact. Everybody knew who Paul Bearer was, everybody remembers his voice and he really enhanced the Undertaker's career; without Bearer I'm not sure the Undertaker would be where he is. It's very sad that Paul has passed away and he will be missed, but people will cherish the time they spent with him.
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