Background as enemies (2013)
Big E and Kofi have both held the Intercontinental Championship at separate times, and have repeatedly clashed as enemies.
February 17 at Elimination Chamber (2013) when Dolph Ziggler defeated Kofi, Langston attacked him. This continued over the next month, as on March 13 when Kofi was taking on Dolph Ziggler, Big E was in Dolph's corner (along with AJ Lee and similarly made times tough for Kofi.
On October 4 Kingston defeated Langston in a match.
Rivals evolving into a team (2014)
On July 20 at Battleground 2014, Langston came to the aid of Kingston. Both were involved in feuds with Antonio Cesaro preceding the event. Cesaro had defeated Kingston then Langston and brutalized each after the match. The following night, they finally teamed up once more on July 21 where they lost to RybAxel. On July 22 they defeated Slater Gator.
- Air Boom, the preceding team Kofi was in with Evan Bourne
- Henry & Langston, the preceding team Big E was in with Mark Henry