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Kofi Kingston Says He Has Wrestled SmackDown Wrestler 500 Times

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• Old School NWA Veteran Would Have Celebrated His Birthday

Today would have been the 64th birthday of Old School NWA Veteran Jay Youngblood (Real name: Steven Romero).

Jay Youngblood wrestled for various territories, but is most famous for teaming up with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat in Jim Crockett Promotions during the early 80s.

Their biggest moment as a team came at a big televised special event called ‘NWA Final Conflict’ on March 12, 1983 in Greensboro, North Carolina, when they defeated the team of Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle in a Steel Cage match, to become the new NWA World Tag Team Champions.


June 21, 1955 – September 2, 1985

• Kofi Kingston Says He Has Wrestled SmackDown Wrestler 500 Times

During a recent interview with Gamespot, WWE Champion Kofi Kingston promoted his Steel Cage match with Dolph Ziggler this Sunday at WWE Stomping Grounds PPV and compared his feud with Ziggler to that of Bret Hart & Shawn Michaels.

Below is what Kofi said:

“Honestly, Dolph is one of my favorite opponents, and I almost forgot how much I enjoyed competing against him. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been able to do so on some of the live events, and back in 2000, I think it was 2009 all the way through 2010, we wrestled each other every single week on Raw and SmackDown, and all the live events; probably a good 500 times.

Now we get to go out and do it again after our careers have both gone in different directions, and now we come back and do it again for the WWE Championship, like that’s really what it’s all about.

Back in the day, you had Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart going at it for the Intercontinental Championship, and then years, later they were doing the same thing for the WWE Title as well.

Not to put ourselves on the same level as those legends, but that’s really the way I like to think about it is, we were guys who were underrated, undersized, underappreciated, underused, undervalued, and somehow, someway we’ve been able to stay at it and for the past decade, and still be at the top of the game.

It’s a story that’s a lot deeper than just the physical steel cage match. It’s the whole journey that we’ve been through over the past decade of trying to get to this point, and now we can finally do it in the steel cage at Stomping Grounds, it’s going to be awesome.

It’s going to be a war between us, but from a performer’s perspective I can’t wait, I can’t wait. I feel like we bring out the best in each other, and the real winners are going to be the fans that get to witness us go at it toe-to-toe, so I’m pretty excited about it.”

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