Kofi Kingston of The New Day has divulged the inspiration for his SOS move and the unusual meaning behind its acronym.
Kingston has used the SOS for the majority of his career in WWE and used it to defeat many an opponent early in his run in the company. In Kingston’s Jamaican days fans would know Kofi was arriving in the arena as his music called out ‘SOS’ right at the start.
The move is a Russian leg sweep that sees Kofi perform a forward flip, sweeping his opponent’s legs and pinning their shoulders to the mat. In conversation with his New Day partners Big E and Xavier Woods on their ‘New Day: Feel The Power’ podcast, Kingston shared where he picked up the move from and what SOS really means.
“The SOS, I got from Madoka in Japan. The first time I saw it, I was like, ‘Oh snap.’ I called it Simply Oh Snapalicious. When moves look really cool, I don’t mind when people take stuff from me and use it. Xia Li is doing a spinning roundhouse kick in NXT and people are like, ‘Oh, she’s taking your move.’ That’s not my move anymore. The way she did it, I can’t do it like that. There are only so many moves to go around.”
Whereas Kingston’s Trouble In Paradise is normally given to an opponent on their feet, Xia Li frequently performs her tornado kick to a downed opponent.
Kofi Kingston headlined the Memorial Day weekend edition of Raw when he faced Drew McIntyre for the opportunity to challenge Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship at Hell In A Cell. Kingston came up short as McIntyre defeated him to claim the title match. That edition of Raw will go down in history for a rather unwanted reason as it became the lowest-rated Raw in the show’s 28-year-plus history.