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November 26, 2012

Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston def. Tensai

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Can Kofi Kingston topple a big man? The Intercontinental Champion didn't fare so great against newly minted No. 1 contender Wade Barrett last week on Raw, but "The Wildcat" brought the fight to a bigger opponent in Lafayette when he took to the ring against Tensai. Kofi hoped to score a win against Tensai to demonstrate his proficiency against a larger opponent. And with the English brawler himself scouting at the announce booth, Kofi put on a textbook display of endurance when he withstood Tensai's punishing attacks en route to an impressive statement win over the gargantuan gaijin.

Tensai, for his part, certainly did not let Kofi waltz away with the "W," though. The expatriate had a counter ready for nearly every single one of Kofi's signature moves, robbing the champion of Trouble in Paradise after he deflected the kick with a well-placed block. Kofi ultimately turned Tensai's freight-train-like momentum against him when he bounced his opponent's head off the ropes, dazing Tensai long enough for Kofi to plant him with a top-rope crossbody for the win.

The most telling moment of the contest came afterward, however, when Barrett laid hands on Kofi's coveted title, unceremoniously returning it to the champion without so much as a handshake, show of respect or any sign he was the least bit impressed with Kingston's come-from-behind victory. 

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