Kofi Kingston meets the wrong side of the Hurt Business.
Kofi Kingston has been dealing with a jaw injury that has kept him out of the ring recently. Fans noticed that he was not at Xavier Woods’ side last week on RAW, and while WWE reported he was dealing with a jaw injury sustained in a match at WWE TLC, they did not go into further detail at the time.
On this week’s episode of New Day: Feel The Power, Kofi explained when the injury happened and confirmed it was a result of a knee from the face by Cedric Alexander. At the time, he tweeted that he was ‘spitting out pieces of teeth’ after the pay-per-view, and now says he thought he was OK to keep wrestling but found out in subsequent weeks that it was worse than expected.
“I got kneed in the face by Cedric Alexander three weeks ago and a couple of my teeth chipped, it was all fine. It was cool. The point of impact was just real sore, I thought, ‘OK, it’s a bruise’ or whatever.”
Kofi says he was able to compete the following week in a six-man tag team match and seemed fine, adding that there was “a little pain, but not terrible.” Following that match, he continued to experience a sensation like something was not right, and believes he probably wouldn’t have noticed it if the energy from the crowd was there to distract him.
“Throughout the whole entire match, anytime something would happen—I’d get hit or whatever—I grab my jaw and the entire match, [I’m] thinking about it the whole time. If we had fans there—and I’ve been, not ‘injured’, but hurt in a match—and you just feel the adrenaline of the crowd and it makes you will your way through it,” Kofi explained. “It’s just really strange. I don’t know if it’s for the better or for the worse.”
It’s currently unknown how long Kofi will be sidelined; his last match was a tag team win with Xavier Woods over The Miz and John Morrison.