Kofi Kingston's WWE Main-Event Push: Will Round 2 Pay Off?
In most recent memory, the WWE fans have become used to seeing the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships around the waists of Cena and Randy Orton. Lately, however, a breath of fresh air has been put into the championship scene.
Currently, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan are the kings of the WWE as they are the WWE and World Heavyweight Champions, respectively. As we head towards the 2012 Elimination Chamber PPV event, there's a new line of contenders in both Chamber matches.
Over on SmackDown, although Orton is involved in the match, we see new blood in Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes. Former champions Big Show and The Great Khali will also compete in the match, and although Show has a much better chance of winning the gold than Khali, neither of them are expected to walk out with the title heading into WrestleMania.
The RAW Elimination Chamber match is a bit more colorful than SmackDown's. CM Punk will defend against Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth and former champions The Miz and Chris Jericho. The final slot in the Chamber match is occupied by Kofi Kingston, the obvious underdog.
It's apparent that neither Kingston nor Kahli will win their respective matches. Many of us thought we'd never see The Punjabi Playboy again after Mark Henry's attack on him.
However, he's reportedly back for one final, hopefully short, run with the WWE and it's almost a guarantee that run will not be with the title. While Kingston is clearly a better WWE Superstar in every way than Kahli, there's still very little chance, if any, he'll win.
WWE often puts wrestlers in matches they have no chance of winning, but will certainly deliver excitement. Kingston fits that bill to a T, but this doesn't appear to be a one time deal. Now that his (former?) tag-team partner Evan Bourne is serving a 60-day suspension for his second violation of the company's wellness policy, Kingston is in no man's land.
Back in October of 2009, Kingston received a main-event push against Orton. The two captained teams in a traditional Survivor Series match, which Team Kingston won after the captain and sole survivor eliminated Team Orton's final competitor, "The Viper" himself. Orton would go on to win the feud, but it didn't derail Kingston's push.
This is also not Kingston's first Elimination Chamber, as he defeated Big Show to be a part of the match at the inaugural pay-per-view event. Again, he failed to win the war.
Throughout 2010-11, Kingston had some singles success in the form of the Intercontinental Championship, but has never seemed to break free from the upper mid-card. However, he now may have his chance.
Since his last push, the WWE fans have gotten behind him, especially during his tag-team run as a part of Air Boom. Luckily for Kingston, too, is that the WWE seems to be pushing its great wrestlers and not just great superstars.
Looking at Daniel Bryan, before he was put into the championship scene, his in-ring ability was all he had to bring to the table. The title seems to have given him character.
Hopefully, he sees that now that his partner is out of action for some time, this is his opportunity to reach the top of the WWE mountain. If he can get the fans as interested when he picks up a microphone as they are when he gets in the ring, he'll have no trouble finding success.
Do you guys think Kofi Kingston will ever reach the top or is he bound to be a mid-card all-star for the rest of his career?
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