WWE: Why Kofi Kingston Has Earned a Shot at the Top of the Card

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

Kofi Kingston has been one of the WWE's most reliable workers since his debut in 2007, but he has been unable to ascend past the upper-mid card. Considering the lack of depth in the main-event scene right now, though, there is no doubt that Kofi deserves a chance to shine in a high-profile angle.

Kingston has accomplished essentially everything possible in the mid-card as he is a three-time Intercontinental Champion, two-time United States Champion, two-time WWE Tag Team Champion and one-time World Tag Team Champion. With that in mind, the next logical step for Kofi is the main event.

While Kofi is a fantastic in-ring competitor due to his top-notch athleticism, he clearly has some limitations as well. The biggest problem is Kingston's lack of mic skills. He hasn't been given many opportunities to speak, but when he has it has been a struggle, so that is probably the biggest thing holding him back right now.

A lack of mic skills doesn't totally disqualify Kofi from the main-event scene as that has been overcome in the past, but it definitely puts him at a disadvantage. Aside from John Cena, Sheamus and Randy Orton, though, there really isn't another face on the roster capable of being in the world title scene.

The issue with that is fans like to see new faces in the main event to keep things fresh, but it will be tough for the WWE to provide that. The writers would rather lean on the top guys like Cena, Sheamus and Orton since they already know what those guys are capable of, but they'll never know what they have in a guy like Kofi if they don't give him a try.

Kofi isn't a complete stranger to being near the top of the card, as he feuded with Orton back in late 2009 and early 2010. Kingston received favorable reviews from many as he didn't seem out of place against a top superstar like Orton, but his push was seemingly cut short when he messed up a spot in a match with Orton, which caused Orton to have a temper tantrum.

That was nearly three years ago, though, so perhaps it's time to give Kofi another shot. Even if Kingston doesn't become a main-event stalwart, it's worth giving him a look. At the very least you know he's going to put on some great matches and help get his opponent over, so that alone should warrant him a trial run.

I wouldn't put Kofi anywhere near CM Punk and the WWE Championship since that is the most important thing in the company right now, but the World Heavyweight Championship scene needs to be freshened up. Sheamus is the current titleholder so Kofi wouldn't feud with him, but it's probably just a matter of time before he loses it.

Big Show is currently taking on Sheamus, but my guess is that Dolph Ziggler will be the one who takes the title from The Great White. Ziggler is in possession of the Money in the Bank contract and he'll successfully cash it in against Sheamus in all likelihood at some point.

Once that happens, Ziggler will need a good first feud. He'll have to give Sheamus the obligatory rematch, but it will be a clean slate after that. I believe that Kofi would be perfect for Ziggler since Dolph needs to go over cleanly in his first feud in order to build credibility as World Champion, and Kofi is a guy who probably wouldn't mind doing that.

Also, Ziggler and Kingston have had countless matches against each other, including one of the better matches you'll ever see on free television last week on RAW. Ziggler and Kingston have feuded over the Intercontinental, United States and Tag Team Championships in the past, so it would only make sense for them to do battle over the World Heavyweight Championship as well.

If nothing else, putting Kofi in that spot would be a learning experience for him and the writers. If he falls flat, then it can be a one-time thing that never happens again. If Kingston impresses, though, then he can set himself up for bigger and better things down the line. I don't consider Kofi to be world title material, but he at least deserves the opportunity to show whether or not he can perform at that level.

Kingston is over with the fans and can work a good match with anyone, so a short main-event run makes sense despite his shortcomings. I'm not saying that he's going to establish himself as a world title contender permanently, but if anyone should be given the chance to do it, it's him.


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