Kofi Kingston Hiding His True Background, ECW's Newest Star Atlas Ortiz, Cherry

— A wrestler by the name of Atlas Ortiz made his WWE television debut on tonight’s edition of ECW on Sci Fi. He is none other than WWE developmental wrestler Atlas DaBone from Florida Championship Wrestling. Atlas started his wrestling training in late 2006, immediately got a WWE contract, debuted in Ohio Valley Wrestling in January 2007, and had been working in developmental ever since. Atlas was billed as one of the most charismatic wrestlers in OVW. In OVW, he would come out to former WWF manager Slick’s old theme music, Jive Soul Bro. Atlas started working some Raw brand house shows in January, but blew out his knee during a match, halting his possible call-up to World Wrestling Entertainment. He returned to action in mid-April, and is now a part of the main roster two and a half months later. Atlas is also a former football player, having spent time in the XFL, the Canadian Football League (CFL), the Arena Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (on the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad during the 1998 season).

— The BBC News website has an article on WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston (real name Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah). Kingston claims he was born in Jamaica (“I was actually born in Jamaica – to be honest with a name like Kofi a lot of people assume I was born in Ghana.”), but his mother, who is quoted in the article, says otherwise. Kingston has absolutely no ties to Jamaica. Though Kingston denies it, his mother Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah – the head of a Ghanaian-American organization in the US – confirms that he was indeed born in Ghana, and not in Jamaica. The family moved to the U.S. from Ghana in 1982. “I told him: ‘Kofi, your cousins watch you on TV in Ghana and want to know why you don’t say you’re from Ghana,'” Kingston’s mother said. “He said: ‘Tell them it is business.'” After revealing his true background, Kofi has banned his mother and the rest of his family from speaking to the media “for fear of compromising his career.” To read the article on Kofi’s true background, click here.

— The ever so quiet Cherry now has an account WWE’s Fan Nation website, which you can reach at this link.

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