Andrew B’s DVD Talk
With Andrew B.
Andrew B here with a special DVD Talk as we look at the first ever DVD on Kofi Kingston. Kofi has been entertaining audiences since his debut in 2008 & this DVD gives us 5 matches from his career spanning from his first PPV Match in 2008 against Chris Jericho to early 2011 where he battles Dolph Ziggler. Also on the Kofi Kingston battles Randy Orton from TLC 2009. Also we see Kofi put his body on the line at WrestleMania 25 in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Plus we get a look at the team of Kofi Kingston & CM Punk. So let’s begin right now.
We get a video package that is under one minute long looking at Kofi Kingston.
Match 1: Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Title – Night of Champions 2008:
Before the match Jericho cut a promo saying he has a surprise opponent but that it won’t be HBK. Jericho has Lance Cade as ringside & Y2J continues on saying he is a hero and role model & he say shows up every night unlike HBK who has an eye injury. He says he is an honest man and that he is here to save himself from everyone. He goes on but is cut off by the music of Kofi Kingston.
They start with a lockup & Jericho pushes Kofi to the corner & slaps Kofi in the face. They lock up again & Jericho locks Kofi in a side headlock but Kofi fights out. Jericho takes Kofi down with a shoulder block & then some chops and kicks. Jericho goes to throw Kofi to the outside but he uses his head to bounce off the ropes & levels Jericho with punches. Kofi with a leap frog & then Jericho rolls to the outside but gets hit with a baseball slide followed by a springboard cross body. They go back in the ring where Kofi hits Jericho with a cross body for a near fall. Kofi runs into Jericho in the corner & hops up punching Jericho but Jericho then throws Kofi to the outside. Jericho rams Kofi into the apron back first multiple times. Back in the ring Jericho is ramming his shoulder into Kofi in the corner. Jericho is kicking Kofi & Kofi rolls on the apron but Jericho hits Kofi with a suplex off the apron back in the ring for a near fall. Jericho then hits Kofi with a dropkick & is in control but Kofi tries to fight back only for Jericho to lock Kofi in the abdominal stretch but Kofi fights out. Jericho puts Kofi on the top rope & goes for a back suplex off the top rope but Kofi counters with a cross body off the top rope for a near fall. Kofi comes back with punches and a dropkick followed by a flying forearm. He goes for the boom drop but Jericho counters & goes for the walls of Jericho but Kofi counters & hits the Boom Drop for a near fall. Kofi throws Jericho in the corner but runs into the boots of Jericho. Kofi then hits Jericho with a hurricanrana for a near fall. Jericho hits a body slam & then the Lionsault. Jericho then locks in the Walls of Jericho & HBK runs through the crowd & hits Lance Cade with Sweet Chin Music. HBK hops on the apron & Jericho knocks him down. Jericho then turns around but gets hit with Trouble in Paradise & Kofi wins after 11 minutes.
Winner: Kofi Kingston Wins the Intercontinental Title
Match Rating: *** ½ out of 5
Match 2: Kofi Kingston & CM Punk vs. Ted Dibiase & Cody Rhodes for the World Tag Team Titles – RAW 10/27/2008:
Kofi & Cody start with a lock up & Cody puts Kofi in a side headlock but Kofi fights out & goes for an arm drag but Cody counters but Kofi hits a monkey flip instead. Kofi tags in Punk & they double team Cody. Cody takes control & tags in Ted but Punk locks Ted in a cross face but Ted gets out & rams Punk into the corner. Ted goes for a punch but Punk ducks & Punk hits Ted with kicks & punches. Ted comes back with punches & rams the head of Punk on the turnbuckle & then attacks Punk in the corner. Punk comes back with a springboard cross body followed by a dropkick. Cody runs in the ring but Kofi hits him with a dropkick. Kofi then throws Punk over the top rope on Ted & Cody as we go to break.
Back from break & Punk gets hit with a Russian leg sweep from Cody. Cody drops a knee on the back of the head of Punk. Cody levels Punk with punches but Punk goes for GTS but Cody counters & Punk tags in Kofi with hits a springboard cross body on Cody. Kofi takes it to Cody but Cody sends him on the apron. Kofi punches Ted & then Cody but then the ref gets distracted & this allows Ted to pull Kofi off the top turnbuckle & onto the floor on the outside. Cody rams Kofi’s back into the barricade & they go back in the ring. Cody is in control with kicks & tags in Ted as they double team Kofi. Ted levels Kofi with punches & then an elbow followed by a kick. Kofi comes back with punches but Ted regains control & tags in Cody as they double team Kofi. Cody takes it to Kofi but Kofi comes back with punches but Cody takes control & tags in Ted. Ted takes it to Kofi but Kofi comes back but Ted levels him with a kick & goes for a suplex but Kofi counters with a small package for a near fall. Ted tags in Cody & Cody is in control over Kofi. Cody hits Kofi with a body slam but Kofi then hits Cody with a hurricanrana & he makes the hot tag to Punk as Cody tags Ted. Punk takes it to both men & hits Ted with a running knee in the corner. Manu hops on the apron but Punk kicks him. Cody goes for Cross Rhodes but Kofi hops over Punk & hits Cody with a hurricanrana to the outside. Ted goes for Dream Street but Punk counters & hits the GTS for the win.
Winners: Kofi Kingston & CM Punk Win the World Tag Team Titles
Match Rating: ** ¼ out of 5
Match 3: CM Punk vs. Mark Henry vs. Kane vs. Finlay vs. Kofi Kingston vs. MVP vs. Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin in Money in the Bank Ladder Match – WrestleMania 25:
The math starts with everyone going at it but ends up with Kane & Henry left in the ring. Henry throws Kane in the corner & hit him with a splash. Shelton & Christian then take down Kane & Henry with shots from the ladder. They go to hit Kofi but Kofi hops over the ladder & then dropkicks the ladder on Shelton & Christian. Kofi then hits Boom Drop as the ladder was laying on Shelton & Christian. Kofi sets up the ladder & goes to climb but Finlay pulls him down & throws him to the outside. Finlay then walks into a big boot from Kane. Henry & Kane then climb the ladder but everyone attacks them & pulls them down. They all get Kane & Henry out of the ring. There are 2 ladders in the ring as they all try & climb the ladders & Mark Henry & Kane come back & tips the ladders over. Kane then hits Henry with a boot that sends Henry to the outside. Kane then sets up the ladder & climbs but Henry tips it over. Henry throws the ladder at Finlay but Finlay ducks & the ladder goes outside. Finlay hits Henry with a dropkick that sends him to the outside. Finlay then hits Kane & Shelton with a suicide dive. Christian then jumps on those 3 men outside. MVP then hits a flip off the apron on those 4 men. Punk & Kofi then hits double suicide dives on Christian, MVP & Kane. Shelton climbs a ladder in the aisle & hits a Swanton Bomb off the ladder in the aisle on top of everybody. Henry goes to the top rope but Finlay hits Henry with the shillelagh. Hornswoggle then comes out with a step ladder & uses it to climb on the back on Henry who is laying on the turnbuckle. He then jumps off Henry & lands everyone outside. Finlay then hits Henry with the step ladder & Henry falls out of the ring. Finlay brings a ladder in the ring & sets it up but Kofi slides through the ladder & nails Finlay with a dropkick. Kofi then drops the ladder on Finlay. Kofi then charges Finlay in the corner but gets hit with the step ladder. Finlay then hits Christian & Kane with the step ladder. Finlay starts to climb the ladder in the ring but Kofi knocks him down & starts to climb but Henry knocks him down. Henry grabs the ladder straight up & it is not set up but Kofi runs up & goes to climb but Henry drops the ladder & catches Kofi in midair & hits Kofi with the World’s Strongest Slam on the ladder. Henry goes to climb but MVP rams a ladder into the back of Henry & MVP puts a ladder between the ropes & the rungs of the ladder in the ring. MVP goes to suplex Shelton on the ladder between the ropes & the other ladder but Shelton slides under the ladder & nails MVP with a dropkick. Shelton hops on the ladder & jumps off but MVP catches him with a powerbomb. MVP climbs the ladder but Punk climbs the other side & Christian pulls MVP down & then Christian. He hits Punk with a Killswitch off the ladder between the ropes & the other ladder. Kane sets a ladder up under the ladder between the ropes & the other ladder. Shelton then climbs up all those ladders as he & MVP fight for the briefcase. Shelton then goes for a sunset powerbomb but it gets botched. Shelton then power bombs MVP out of the ring on top of Henry & Tony Atlas & then climbs the ladder but Finlay is on the other side. Shelton knocks Finlay off & he lands on the ladder between the ropes & the other ladder & then Shelton gets pulled down by Christian. Shelton then moves the ladder that was on the ropes & climbs as Christian climbs another ladder & it tips but Shelton falls to the outside & Christian holds on & goes for the briefcase but Punk springboards onto a ladder & they trade punches. Punk gets his leg stuck but Kane then hits Christian with a chokeslam off the ladder. Punk then kicks Kane off the ladder & pulls the briefcase down for the win after 14 minutes.
Winner: CM Punk
Match Rating: **** out of 5
Match 4: Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston – TLC 2009:
They lock up & Orton puts Kofi in a side headlock but Kofi fights out & locks in a head scissors & then works on the arm but Orton comes back & works on the arm. They lock up again & Orton pushes Kofi in the corner & goes for a punch but Kofi ducks. Orton kicks Kofi in the gut & throws him in the corner & levels him with punches & kicks. Kofi comes back with punches but Orton hits a knee to the gut & throws Kofi into the corner. Orton then runs into a boot from Kofi but Kofi then runs into a scoop slam. Orton then locks in a headlock but Kofi fights out with punches & sends Orton to the corner & levels him with punches & then hits a running splash & sits on Orton leveling him with punches. Orton then goes to powerbomb Kofi but Kofi rolls through with a roll up for a near fall. Orton goes for a clothesline but Kofi ducks & Kofi hits a Russian leg sweep & then goes for the Boom Drop but Orton rolls to the outside. Kofi then goes for a baseball slide but Orton moves. Orton goes for a clothesline but Kofi ducks & runs up the stairs onto the turnbuckle & jumps but Orton hits Kofi with a dropkick in midair. Orton then drops Kofi stomach first onto the barricade. They go back in the ring where Orton is in control. Orton then hits Kofi with a front suplex on the ropes & then a drops a knee on the face of Kofi for a near fall. Orton hits Kofi with a huge uppercut & taunts Kofi but Kofi comes back with the SOS for a near fall. Kofi then clotheslines Orton out of the ring. Kofi then hits Orton with a suicide dive. They go back in the ring where Kofi hits Orton with a cross body off the top rope for a near fall. Kofi comes back with chops & then a flying forearm. Orton comes back with his signature back breaker but then gets hit with a dropkick. Kofi hits Orton with the Boom Drop & then the Trouble in Paradise for a near fall. Orton then rolls to the outside but Kofi brings him back in the ring. On the way to the ring Orton hits Kofi with his signature middle rope DDT. Orton then hits Kofi with the punt & then Orton works on the arm. Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise but Orton ducks & hits Kofi with the RKO for the win after 13 minutes.
Winner: Randy Orton
Match Rating: *** ¼ out of 5
Match 5: Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Title – SD 1/7/2011:
They lock up & Kofi takes it to Ziggler in the corner with punches & kicks but then the ref pulls him back. Kofi then runs into a boot from Ziggler. Ziggler then attacks Kofi with punches & throws him into the corner & charges but Kofi moves. Kofi then goes for a cross body but Ziggler moves & Ziggler attacks with kicks & punches but Kofi comes back with punches but Dolph hits a neckbreaker for a near fall & then locks in a headlock but Kofi fights out & they trade punches & kicks. Dolph throws Kofi into the corner & goes for a splash but Kofi moves. Kofi then hits Dolph with chops & a dropkick. Kofi then goes for SOS but Ziggler counters but Kofi hits him with a jumping clothesline & then the Boom Drop. Kofi then goes for Trouble in Paradise but Dolph ducks & locks Kofi in the sleeper hold but Kofi fights out & hits a stunner. Kofi then hits SOS for a near fall. Kofi then goes to the top rope but Dolph crotches him & goes for a superplex but Kofi counters. Kofi then hits a cross body for the win.
Winner: Kofi Kingston Wins the Intercontinental Title
Ziggler then hits Kofi with the Zig Zag &Vickie gets on the microphone & says Teddy Long is not in the building so Vickie is GM & announces Dolph is using his rematch now.
Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler II:
Dolph charges Kofi in the corner but Kofi moves but Dolph comes back with punches & kicks. Ziggler picks up Kofi but Kofi hit Dolph with Trouble in Paradise for the win.
Winner: Kofi Kingston Retains the Intercontinental Title
Match Rating (Both Matches): ** ¼ out of 5
The DVD is a good pick up with some quality matches on there. The first match between Kingston & Jericho was a big match in Kofi’s career and was also a good match for the IC Title. The tag match was an average TV tag match. The MITB Ladder Match was the best match on the set and one of the best MITB matches. The Orton vs. Kofi was significant because it was & still is the biggest singles match in the career of Kofi Kingston on PPV. Also Orton vs. Kofi was a good match. The Kofi vs. Ziggler match was decent but they had better matches in the past that could have been put on the DVD instead.
Overall Rating for Kofi Kingston DVD: 6 out of 10
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