WANT TO GO?
WWE Presents RAW World Tour 2013
WHERE: Charleston Civic Center
WHEN: 5 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: $15, $25, $35, $50 and $95
INFO: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Part of what makes the WWE different from almost every other form of big league entertainment is that the performers can come from almost anywhere.
For example, would you believe that reigning U.S. Champion Kofi Kingston used to have a desk job selling office supplies? Almost 10 year ago, the then-recent Boston College graduate took a job at the corporate headquarters of office supply giant Staples.
"I worked at the corporate offices in Massachusetts," said Kingston, who headlines this Sunday when WWE presents RAW World Tour 2013 at the Charleston Civic Center.
"I was responsible for the buyer's catalogs. They're like 800 pages. You probably get them at your office in the mail and throw them away, but those catalogs were my life."
Far from a day spent throwing opponents around a ring, the six-foot, 212-pound future Superstar had to worry about all the mind-numbing, little details, like where the picture of each product went on each page.
Kingston groaned, "I had to think about whether they were too close to the middle of the book or if they needed to be on the outside. I had to worry about chairs and pushpins and paperclips ...
"It was awful for me."
Kingston said that working in a cubicle and a desk might be fine for some people, but they weren't so good for him.
"I remember walking into my cubicle,' he said. "I remember taking a breath and thinking, 'Oh, my God. I can't believe this is the rest of my life.' "
Lucky for him, it wasn't. Kingston eventually gave up a life that sounded suspiciously like a story on NBC's "The Office," went into training to become a professional wrestler and joined a well-known wrestling school called Chaotic Wrestling, where he learned the skills he needed to become what he is today: a 10-time world champion.
Still Kingston supposed he'd been on the path to becoming a WWE Superstar his whole life. He just didn't know it.