On Wednesday, AZCentral.com ran with the following headline: "Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Mentors WWE's Kofi Kingston."
If you read past the headline, you will see the following quote from Kingston in the body of the article:
I met him when he first came back last year. He's real cool. He had some advice for me, I had a chance to pick his brain a bit ... I spoke to him about certain things about the, just general questions about how he got to where he was. Obviously you see a guy like The Rock, you see his success, you want to know exactly - from his mind and his mouth - how he got there, because I want to emulate that. If you don't want the success The Rock has had, then you probably shouldn't be in the WWE.
After seeing this headline, Kingston took to Twitter to denounce the mentorship stating:
Ah, nothing like exaggeration in the media! Tell em that you received a piece of career advice, they print you're being mentored!— Kofi Kingston (@TrueKofi) January 24, 2013
As honored as I would be were that the case, i must say, regrettably, it's untrue!— Kofi Kingston (@TrueKofi) January 24, 2013
Let's face it, many current wrestlers both in and out of the WWE would die to be mentored by The Rock. In fact, I think it is safe to say, there isn't anyone on the company's roster that would turn down that opportunity.
As a writer, I am torn as to whether or not AZCentral.com utilized the word mentor appropriately. According to Merriam-Webster.com a mentor is: "a trusted counselor or guide; tutor or coach." So, even if it was only for one occasion, in a way, The Rock did mentor Kingston.
Don't get me wrong here, I realize that he isn't under The Rock's regular tutelage, but he did receive some guidance from "The Great One." Overall, I don't see why Kofi felt the need to defend himself from that headline. Yes, it was a bit sensationalized, but there are very few headlines in this world that aren't. So why not embrace the press and let people take in the article from their own perspectives?
The fact is, most readers can see beyond the headline and will take the body of the article for what it is. In some cases, people may feel that Kofi was mentored by "The People's Champ," while others will side with Kingston's point of view.
Ultimately, it appears that Kingston was not offended by the comment. In fact, it seems like he would embrace the opportunity if it were offered to him, In the end, Kofi is a great worker and talented star, that has been underutilized by the WWE. Hopefully, he will get back in the company's good graces and finally get back the push he received in 2009.