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BY Michael Burdick

December 14, 2012

’Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston def. Alberto Del Rio; Sent Barrett to ‘Paradise’

Kofi Kingston battled Alberto Del Rio, just two days before he will attempt to defend his title against Wade Barrett and The Barrett Barrage at WWE TLC.

Despite numerous near falls by The Mexican Aristocrat, “The Wildcat” refused to relent. And when Del Rio went for a suplex, Kofi countered in mid-air, rolling up his opponent for the quick win. While his triumph gave him major momentum heading into his title match on Sunday, he was about to pick up even more.

As Kingston began to make his exit, Barrett charged down the ramp after him. But before he could deliver his assault, Kofi ducked, immediately regrouping to blast his No. 1 contender with Trouble in Paradise.