In the latest New Day: Feel The Power podcast, Kofi Kingston announced his new five-year contract with WWE. While telling this story, he confessed that he was physically well above the ring but when he did other sports to play with his children or friends he had several problems that limited him.
In an interview with Newsweek, he was asked about these confessions and if he thought about a future retirement from professional wrestling. Here are the most prominent statements:
“I have definitely thought about retirement. 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 these 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 at 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.”
On Tuesday, it was also announced that Big E and Xavier Woods also signed new agreements for five years and will earn an amount similar to Kingston. Kofi revealed why it was so important for the group to show itself as a unit when it comes to having contractual conversations:
“Most of the groups in WWE ended when one of its members betrayed the rest of the team. In social networks, they always tell us that they expect the same end to New Day. However, we do not want to separate. The three of us have a special bond that we unite, we put a lot of energy on top of the ring and show that we are strong individually. If all that breaks, we will be the same as the others. “
“To prevent this from happening and maintain our unity, the three of us negotiate the renewal and sign a five-year contract with WWE for the same amount of money. We are happy about this news and it is proven that we are doing things right.”