Earlier this week, Kofi Kingston announced that he had signed a new five-year deal with WWE. During his 12-year stint with the company, Kingston has become one of the most decorated Superstars in WWE history as a 17-time champion.
During a recent interview with Newsweek, Kingston admitted that he might retire at the end of his new contract, as being away from his children was taking its toll on the former WWE Champion. Being on the road for longer than five years would also mean he would miss key moments of their lives, and Kofi did not want that to happen.
Kingston said: “Five years is such a long time away, but you’d be a fool if you didn’t plan ahead. It’s really early to say, but at the end of this five years (it) might be the end of my career, not just from an injury or physical perspective, but just not being home. Being away from my kids is very difficult. We had to go an extra day last week and we had a live event and then media day in Minneapolis, and then we had TLC and then I came home Monday and then back on the road Tuesday. I’m doing the WWE holiday party in Stanford. And then I’ll go back home and come back to New York early on Friday to do a whole bunch of interviews and the live taping.
“All of that just to say that it’s a lot. And my kids are growing up, and there’s a lot of days that we miss. I’m considering hanging them up at the end of this five-year period, but you just don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen next week, but it has crossed my mind for sure. I’ve been doing this for a long time, over a decade. It’ll be 12 years on television in January, which is crazy to think about, but that’s the reality. You have to be thinking about those things as a family man and as a person in general.”