Sarkodie-Mensah was born on August 14, 1981 in Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana. Sarkodie-Mensah started training in late 2005 and made his official wrestling debut in 2006, when he faced Tony Omega at Chaotic Wrestling (CW) on February 24.
In his debut match for the brand, he defeated Chris Jericho.
Since debuting in WWE, Kingston has won 14 total championships.
He is a four-time Intercontinental Champion, a three-time United States Champion and a seven-time world tag team champion, including a record-tying four reigns as WWE/Raw Tag Team Champion (once with Evan Bourne, once with R-Truth and twice with Big E and Xavier Woods), two Smack Down Tag Team Championship reigns with his New Day stablemates and one reign as World Tag Team Champion with CM Punk.
until losing the championship to The Miz on the October 5 Raw, ending his four-month reign at 126 days.
On the October 12 Raw, Kingston defeated Evan Bourne to qualify for Team Raw at WWE Bragging Rights.