Air Boom

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Air Boom
Evan Bourne (left) and Kofi Kingston (right)
Statistics
Members Evan Bourne[1]
Kofi Kingston[1]
Name(s) Air Boom[1]
Heights Kingston:
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Bourne:
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[3]
Combined
weight
377 lb (171 kg)[2][3]
Debut August 15, 2011
Disbanded January 16, 2012
Years active 2011-2012
Promotions WWE

Air Boom was a professional wrestling tag team that consisted of Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston. They enjoyed one reign as WWE Tag Team Champions. Their team name was chosen from over a thousand proposed names from fans on Twitter.[4]

History[edit]

On-and-off tag teaming (2008-2010)[edit]

Kingston and Bourne had first teamed up in a winning effort on Bourne's second match in the June 10, 2008 episode of ECW, against Shelton Benjamin and Mike Knox,[5] because on Bourne's debut (as Matt Sydal), Shelton Benjamin had powerbombed Bourne into Kingston who was at ringside commentating.[6] Bourne and Kingston teamed together on rare occasions between late 2009 to early 2010, facing the Legacy in tag matches.[7][8]

Tag Team Champions (2011-2012)[edit]

Bourne and Kingston formed an official team in 2011. On the August 15 episode of Raw, Kingston and Bourne defeated WWE Tag Team Champions David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty in a non-title match to become #1 contenders to the Tag Team Championship.[9][10] On the August 22 episode of Raw, Kingston and Bourne beat Otunga and McGillicutty to win their first WWE Tag Team Championship while teaming together.[11][12] On the August 29 episode of Raw, the duo was officially named "Air Boom", and they had their first successful title defense when they defeated Otunga and McGillicutty in a rematch.[1][13][14] The name "Air Boom" was chosen by Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston on WWE.com after the Twitter followers of WWE were asked to submit names. Out of the 11 finalists, the name "Air Boom" was chosen, which was created by combining their monikers: “Air Bourne” for "Air" and “Boom Squad for "Boom".”[15]

Air Boom went on to successfully defend their titles against R-Truth and The Miz at Night of Champions via disqualification after the Miz assaulted the referee in the midst of the match.[16] They then entered into a feud with Vickie Guerrero's two clients, Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger, and they successfully defended their titles against Ziggler and Swagger at both Hell in a Cell[17] and Vengeance.[18]

On November 1, 2011, WWE suspended Bourne for 30 days for his first violation of the company’s Wellness policy.[19] Bourne returned to television on December 5.[20] Air Boom then lost to Primo and Epico on the December 13 episode of WWE Superstars in a non-title match. Five days later, Air Boom's feud with the Puerto Rican duo continued at the TLC 2011 pay per view, where in a title match they defeated Primo and Epico.[21] On the January 6 episode of Smackdown, they were defeated by Primo and Epico. At a house show on January 15, Air Boom lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to Primo and Epico.[22] On the January 16 episode of Raw, Air Boom were awarded a rematch but failed to regain the titles.[23] The following day, Bourne was suspended again for his second violation of WWE's Wellness Policy.[24] Since then, Kingston moved on to teaming with R-Truth, thus disbanding Air Boom.[25]

In wrestling[edit]

Evan Bourne with the WWE Tag Team Championship.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "Bourne Profile". WWE. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  4. ^ ""Air Boom" Thanks You". WWE. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Caldwell, James. "CALDWELL'S ECW TV REPORT 6/10: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of WWE's Sci-Fi show". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
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  12. ^ Martin, Adam. "Raw Results - 8/22/11". Wrestleview. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  13. ^ Martin, Todd. "Todd's Raw Report". Wrestling Observer. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  14. ^ Waldman, Jon. "Raw: A new era begins". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
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  17. ^ Caldwell, James. "CALDWELL'S WWE HELL IN A CELL PPV RESULTS 10/2: Complete "virtual time" coverage of live PPV". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  18. ^ a b Caldwell, James. "CALDWELL'S WWE VENGEANCE PPV RESULTS 10/23: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of live PPV - Triple H & Punk, Cena vs. Del Rio, Henry vs. Show". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "Evan Bourne suspended". WWE. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
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  21. ^ "WWE Tag Team Champions Air Boom def. Primo and Epico". WWE.com. 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  22. ^ "Primo & Epico crowned WWE Tag Team Champions at WWE Live Event!". WWE. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  23. ^ Caldwell, James. "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 1/16: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw - Kane-Cena latest, Jericho Week 3, Clay Week 2". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
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