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This Sunday, July 18th, the WWE will unveil its brand new Pay Per View, Money in the Bank. Taking its name from the Wrestlemania gimmick match, this show will feature two Money in the Bank Ladder Matches – one from each TV brand. Now that the amazingly athletic Shelton Benjamin is no longer a part of the company, all eyes will be on the Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston, and his extraordinary vertical leap to steal the show.

IGN TV had a chance to talk to Kingston about his upcoming title Pay Per View battle, losing his Jamaican accent, the "one ring" and playing Call of Duty 4 with The Big Show.

IGN TV: Tell me, is the Ladder Match the most dangerous match in professional wrestling these days? And if not, what is?

Kofi Kingston: Oh, man. To be honest this is one of the most dangerous and most exciting matches around. It's also one of the most anticipated matches. This is the match that I look forward to the most at Wrestlemania each year. And the fact that we have a Pay Per View based around it now and that there are not one, but two, Money in the Bank matches... I think it's going to be awesome and action packed.

IGN: You must be excited to be in the match, but is there also trepidation since you know you're going to hurt afterwards?

Kingston: That's the thing, man. You really don't feel the pain when you're out there. I remember when I had my first Money in the Bank Ladder Match I actually didn't feel any pain until I got into the shower a few hours later and the hot water was going over all the cuts and bruises and injuries that I didn't even know I had. There's a lot of adrenaline involved in these matches because we're all trying to put in a great performance and basically steal the show.

Kofi, with the "boop boop"ing
IGN: I know there's a lot of pressure to top yourself from year to year when it comes to the Money in the Bank matches at Wrestlemania. But now they've put two matches on one Pay Per View.

Kingston: Yeah, seeing as how the RAW side has a ladder match too, I think that we're going to be in competition with each other. We're going to definitely try to put on the better show. We try to put on a better show on Fridays, on Smackdown, and it will be no different come this Pay Per View. We'll be trying to out-perform them. I think Christian and Matt Hardy have proven to be Ladder Match specialists over the years so to have those guys, who are very innovative, as part of our match is going to be fantastic.

IGN: If you happen to win the Money in the Bank contract, will you use it the same way that most guys have used it before you? Will you strike after a champion has been worn down and beaten up?

Kingston: Man, who knows? I could say "no" now, but once you get that briefcase in your hand and you realize what's at stake and that it's a championship match at the time of your choosing, you might want an advantage. It's kind of like the ring from The Lord of the Rings. You might start getting all greedy and wanting to take full advantage of an opportunity. I probably would. I can't sit here and say that I wouldn't. Anything to get a chance at the World Title.

IGN: To add to that - Every guy who's cashed in his Money in the Bank contract has won the belt. Are you afraid of being the first guy who doesn't get the job done?

Kingston: We all realize that it's a great opportunity knowing that everyone who has won the Money in the Bank match has gone on to become a World Champion, but yes there is definitely added pressure to not be the first one to lose it. I remember when CM Punk won it the last time and he gave Jeff Hardy the Go to Sleep and Jeff kicked out. That was a big scare. Yeah, you definitely don't want to be that guy. To be forever known as the first guy who cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase and did not win the belt. You do not want that on your resume. But we're getting ahead ourselves. I should probably concentrate on actually winning the match.

IGN: You're the Intercontinental Champion right now. Who are some of your favorite past Intercontinental Champions?

Kingston: Wow, well I definitely have to say Shawn Michaels for sure. Bret Hart. There are just so many. It's actually kind of mind-blowing when I think about all the people who have held the title. Like Mr. Perfect. Because when I was growing up I was such a huge WWE fan. There's nothing else I ever wanted to be but a WWE Superstar growing up. Never in my wildest dream did I think that I'd
be holding the Intercontinental Title.

IGN: You were able o drop your Jamaican accent, but we here at IGN are glad you never lost the theme music - because it's awesome. Tell me though…what does it mean to "wake up in a bad man place?"

Kingston: [laughs] I guess it's when you wake up and you might be having a bad day. It's all subjective. However you want to interpret that is up to you. I think we all have bad days and, you know, we try to make the best out of them.

IGN: Are you glad to not have to do the accent anymore, or would you have been fine either way?

Kingston: I think either way would have been fine for me. The whole Jamaican thing wasn't that far off. Jamaica has had such an influence in my life, especially the music. Also their culture and the laid back attitude and what not. When I came to the WWE I wanted to do something that was unique and different as well as paying tribute to a great culture that influenced my life. I don't think people care too much about where a WWE Superstar comes from. I think it's really more about the ability that the Superstar and what they bring to the table in the form of their moves and the way they speak. Just their general ability to entertain, which is what I always try to concentrate on.

Kofi, leaping over Ziggler in a single bound.
IGN: You got brought into the WWE with a series of vignettes. They don't really use those all that much anymore. I wonder why that is.

Kingston: Yeah, I'm not sure. Back in the day they used to use them all the time. Actually, if you've been watching Smackdown they've got some new videos for Alberto Del Rio. He's got a series of vignettes now. We'll see if they do more of them. I always enjoyed the vignettes, because it was a way to tip-toe into the water as opposed to diving right in, as far as the people being able to recognize and know you. They're kind of a good introduction to your career. I think I was pretty lucky to have them. As far as their cheesiness goes, I can't really speak to that, but I'm just glad I was one of the guys who was able to have vignettes in the first place.

IGN: I know you guys are stretched pretty thin, but I hear you're a big gamer. Do you still find time to play?

Kingston: Oh, there's always time for games. Always time. Definitely.

IGN: What are you playing these days?

Kingston: Right now? To be honest, I'm still playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. That's what I've been playing. Also Smackdown vs. RAW. I'm actually looking forward to the games that are coming out. Arkham Asylum 2. That trailer just came out a little while ago and it looks great and I'm sure it will be great if it's anything like the first one. WWE also has some other games coming out to, in addition to the Smackdown vs. RAW series. They've got the All Stars game that's coming out and also the Legends vs. WWE game 2. THQ always manages to find a way to top themselves every year.

IGN: Is there anyone else in the locker room you play with?

Kingston: There's kind of like a secret society of us gamers. Most of us play on Xbox Live but there are a handful of us who play on PS3 too. JTG. I take great pride in whooping him every now and then. But he only plays on PS3. He won't buy an Xbox Live because he's cheap. Cody Rhodes is a big gamer. Hornswoggle is also a big gamer. The Big Show though, is a big gamer too. He is nasty when it comes to Call of Duty. So yeah, there's a gaming ring in the WWE for sure.

WWE's Money in the Bank airs live this Sunday, July 18th and features two MITB Ladder Matches: John Cena vs Sheamus in a Steel Cage match for the WWE Championship and Jack Swagger vs. Rey Mysterio for the World Heavyweight Title.
Source: http://tv.ign.com/articles/110/1106452p1.html

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Kingston: There's kind of like a secret society of us gamers. Most of us play on Xbox Live but there are a handful of us who play on PS3 too. JTG. I take great pride in whooping him every now and then. But he only plays on PS3. He won't buy an Xbox Live because he's cheap.
Or maybe because he's not getting all those PPV appearance bonuses that Kofi is...

Interesting interview though. Wouldn't have guessed that Big Show would be a big gamer.

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great interview. i like to see the wrestlers partake in events other than wrestling. shows that they have normals lives as well and take time to relax and its not all wrestling all the time
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