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WWE Champion Kofi Kingston injured ahead of SmackDown: Will he battle at Extreme Rules?

According to Wrestling Inc, Kingston was ruled out of action on Monday’s non-televised live event in Glens Falls, New York.

The Dreadlocked Dynamo, though, appeared during the show as he backed his New Day team-mates Big E and Xavier Woods during their tag team victory over Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel of The B-Team.

The ex-Intercontinental Champion was in good spirits during the bout despite his injury as he danced around and tossed pancakes into the crowd.

It was also reported that the former US Champion signed autographs for fans outside the arena after the show.

The specifics of Kingston’s injury and the time it will take to heal are yet uncertain but his match at Extreme Rules with Samoa Joe still stands.

The 37-year-old grappler will defend the WWE Championship against Joe in what promises to be an intense battle at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The New Day star is still expected to appear on Smackdown tonight at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire but will probably not wrestle.

Kingston competed in the previous two house shows last Saturday and Sunday in Utica and Binghamton respectively as he retained his belt against Dolph Ziggler in the main event.

Last night’s show ended with Finn Balor successfully defending the Intercontinental Championship against Ziggler.

Kingston won the WWE Championship after beating Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35 in what is considered as one of the greatest underdog stories in professional wrestling history.

The Ghanaian-born star then retained the title against Kevin Owens at Money in the Bank and stood tall in both of his battles with Ziggler at WWE Super ShowDown and Stomping Grounds.

Samoa Joe, though, poses a serious threat as he knocked him out in two straight weeks with the Coquina Clutch.

However, Kingston doesn’t seem intimidated by The Destroyer as he gave him the finger during last week’s episode of SmackDown.

This gesture has been forbidden in the last few years when WWE adopted a PG approach but it now looks like the show might become a little more edgy.

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