WWE RAW: Will Kofi Kingston Eventually Reach the Top?

Robert Aitken@@RobertAitkenBRAnalyst IFebruary 21, 2012

Kofi Kingston has the potential, but needs the gimmick to back it up.
Kofi Kingston has the potential, but needs the gimmick to back it up.

Last night, following an eventful episode of RAW, wrestling fans were rampant on Twitter.

There was fallout from the announced Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Triple H at WrestleMania. There was John Cena's exciting promo that teetered on a shoot. There was also a battle royal main event that nearly led to three or four superstars being injured and out of a chance for a WrestleMania match.

With all of that going on during RAW, it was that much more shocking to see Michael Cole tweet after RAW. It's not the fact that he was tweeting, even if it is rare that the commentator actually uses the social media site he talks too much about. The shocking part is that, with so much happening, Cole could only muster the following tweet:

"I want to apologize for messing up @TrueKofi Kingston's name tonight. So here goes: Sorry you aren't more memorable, Kofi. #Raw"

I know that it is just Cole being fed a line and trying to be a jerk, but it is true. Kofi Kingston just isn't very memorable. We can cite Kingston's talented in-ring ability and his connection with the fans.

Kingston even has somewhat decent microphone skills, especially when considering some other superstars in today's WWE.

So what is keeping Kofi from the top? It may just be his gimmick as a whole.

Kofi Kingston is a very talented young guy in the wrestling business, but one can only go as high as his or her gimmick will take them.

A perfect example is Triple H. As Hunter Hearst Helmsley, there is only so much that the snobbish "Connecticut Blueblood" would do for his career. He did not become more edgy until he was known as Triple H, The Game, The King of Kings and a 13-time world champion.

It may be asking a bit much from Kofi Kingston to have a metamorphosis like that to be truly successful, but there isn't much more for Kofi to accomplish. Kingston was a tag-team champion on two separate occasions and, with his victory on RAW with R-Truth over Primo and Epico, could be headed toward a third reign.

He also has won three United States Championships and two Intercontinental Championships. On both lists, Kingston sits among the top 30 superstars in days reigning as champion.

With tag-team and mid-card championships more than satisfied, Kingston has inserted himself into that comfortable yet thankless job of being the superstar prone to amazing spots. There isn't a match that Kingston has anymore without an impressive leap or counter.

The only problem for Kofi Kingston is his gimmick. Originally given a Jamaican accent and hometown, they have since been replaced with Kofi's real voice and actual billing, the country of Ghana. Even still, his music is reggae, his color scheme is mostly built on the Jamaican flag and his logo is a Rastafarian version of the Cleveland Indians logo.

Kofi needs an edge only attainable by a heel turn. It may seem silly to put Kingston in a position of being hated, but that change in his persona will do great things for him. It could be an entire overhaul of Kofi resenting his Jamaican gimmick, chopping off his dreads and blaming the fans.

It could even be done to have Kingston blame Evan Bourne when he returns from suspension in the middle of March, unless Bourne just never returns. That turn could even be done to R-Truth, who has an equally ridiculous gimmick but is in a more comfortable position at his age than any more drastic gimmick changes would deliver. Kingston has been relatively unchanged since his debut on the ECW brand in 2007.

A more mature and serious Kingston can be interesting to see. Just picture how Tyson Kidd is now and inject that mentality with Kofi's unique style. High-flyers are rarely made heavyweight champions, but with some luck and a good transition, Kofi Kingston can truly become the superstar he should be.

Michael Cole may wish that Kofi Kingston is more of a memorable superstar, but little may Cole know how truly attainable that fact is. With the correct adjustments into a more serious and realistic superstar, Kofi Kingston can truly be more than a guy who can do a headstand at the Royal Rumble.

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