Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah is a Ghanaian American professional wrestler signed to WWE under the ring name Kofi Kingston, where he is the reigning WWE Intercontinental Champion. He made his official wrestling debut in 2006, when he faced Tony Omega at Chaotic Wrestling on February 24. In September 2006, he signed a developmental contract with WWE and was assigned to Deep South Wrestling (DSW), a Georgia based developmental federation. A series of vignettes for Kingston's television debut began airing on the weekly ECW on Syfy television show starting on December 6, 2007. He debuted on the January 22, 2008 episode of ECW as a face with a win over local wrestler David Owen. Kingston remained undefeated in singles competition in ECW for months and was placed into a feud with Shelton Benjamin at the end of April 2008. As part of the 2008 WWE Supplemental Draft, Kingston was drafted to the Raw brand. In his first match as a member of Raw roster, he defeated Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Championship at Night of Champions. At No Way Out in 2009, Kingston won a spot in the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber by defeating Kane. On April 26, as part of the 2010 WWE Draft, Kingston was drafted to the SmackDown brand. On the January 7, 2011 episode of SmackDown, Kingston defeated Dolph Ziggler to become the Intercontinental Champion for a third time. On April 26, 2011, Kingston was drafted back to the Raw brand as part of the 2011 Supplemental Draft. On May 1, Kingston defeated Sheamus in a Tables Match at Extreme Rules to win his second United States Championship.