7 Reasons Kofi Kingston Deserves a Shot at the WWE's Main-Event Scene
Kofi Kingston has been a WWE mainstay since debuting on ECW back in 2007, but he has been unable to break through to the main event. There is no question that Kingston has a few weaknesses that are holding him back, but he has several good qualities as well that would make him a believable main-eventer.
Kingston won the Intercontinental title for the fourth time in his impressive WWE career on Wednesday when he defeated The Miz on Main Event. That would seem to suggest that Kofi won't be entering the main event picture any time soon, but I feel he'll be ready if ever called upon.
The WWE is constantly trying to push new stars and get them to the next level, and Kofi is a guy who has already done everything he can possibly do in his current role. Kingston is obviously still very valuable to the midcard scene, but the WWE ought to see what it truly has in Kofi by giving him a chance to prove himself on a bigger stage.
Here are the top seven reasons why the high flyer from Ghana, West Africa deserves a shot to challenge for a world title.
He Has Shown Main Event Potential in the Past
When it comes to Kofi Kingston, it's not as if the WWE has an unknown on its hands.
Kingston has been around for a long time and has done a lot of good things for the company. He did have a quick stint in the spotlight back in late 2009 in a feud with Randy Orton, but he hasn't been afforded the opportunity to be in such a high-profile feud since.
Orton was at his high point in terms of being a heel when Kofi faced him. He had formed the Legacy stable. Orton ultimately won the feud, but Kofi did score a couple of key blows and had some signature moments, such as putting Orton through a table at Madison Square Garden and destroying Orton's car in an entertaining segment.
Many believe that Kofi's push was prematurely ended when he messed up a spot in a match against Orton, causing Orton to become agitated. It's impossible to say whether that was the true reason for Kingston's slide back down the card, but he showed that he could compete with the big boys and deserves another chance.
He Would Keep Things Fresh
Even if you don't believe that Kofi Kingston is capable of being a main-eventer, it's tough to deny that the World heavyweight championship scene needs a shot in the arm.
I really do like Sheamus, but his reign has been sabotaged by boring feuds against the likes of Alberto Del Rio and Big Show. With that in mind, I'm not sure how much longer The Great White will hold the title.
Obviously, Kingston's path to the main event is blocked as long as Sheamus is champion. However, Dolph Ziggler is a real threat to cash in his Money in the Bank contract at Hell in a Cell in just over a week.
If Ziggler becomes World heavyweight champion, his first feud would be with Sheamus, but he would need to new rival after that.
Enter Kingston. He and Ziggler have proven to work very well together in the ring. I feel like people are tired to seeing Sheamus hog the spotlight on SmackDown every week, so letting Kofi at least have a transitional feud against a champion Ziggler would be a great way to keep the main event fresh.
His In-Ring Work Is Main Event Quality
I'm not going to pretend like Kofi Kingston is even passable on the mic or that he has a larger-than-life personality, but there are few superstars in the WWE who can impress more in the ring than he can.
I understand that cutting a promo is more important now than it ever has been, but many wrestlers have made it to the top based on grappling ability alone, so I don't see why Kofi can't do the same.
It wouldn't be a stretch to call Kofi the most athletic superstar in the entire company. He gets incredible air when flying off the top rope and can pull off some truly incredible feats. Perhaps the build toward a main event match involving Kingston wouldn't be great based on how limited he is on the mic, but the match would surely be fantastic.
WWE fans often say that they would rather see a great wrestling match than anything else, and that is precisely what Kofi can provide. For all his shortcomings, Kingston always gives 100 percent when he is competing in the ring and that isn't something that can be said for everyone.
If he is put in a main event situation, I'm sure he will bring that same fire he always does.
He Is Extremely Over with the Fans
Half the battle of becoming a legitimate main-eventer is getting over with the fans.
Vince McMahon has pushed many guys to the top in hopes that their mere presence in the main event would elicit a strong crowd reaction, but that often isn't the case.
Kofi Kingston is cheered loudly each and every time he comes to the ring, though, so he already has an integral asset in his favor.
It's true that the vast majority of Kingston's fans are kids who enjoy his "boom, boom, boom" line, but Sheamus and John Cena have fanbases that are largely predicated on the support of young fans as well.
The WWE generally isn't that worried about what its older fans want, so Kofi would seem to be the perfect midcard face for the company to push to the next level.
I don't necessarily believe that his popularity is to the point where he deserves to win a world title, but there is no reason why he can't compete for one.
Being a main-eventer doesn't mean that you have to be a champion. Kingston creates enough of a reaction from the crowd that he should at least be in the title mix.
He Has Paid His Dues in the Midcard
Despite having been on WWE programming for only a few months under his current gimmick, Ryback is set to get a shot at CM Punk's WWE title in the main event of Hell in a Cell.
Kofi Kingston, on the other hand, is going on his sixth year in the company and has never even sniffed a match of that importance. Money talks in this business, but there is something to be said for paying your dues as well.
Perhaps the WWE believes that it can capitalize on Ryback's sudden popularity and haul in some huge pay-per-view buys, but that doesn't mean that he is ready or deserving of such a push.
This isn't a new thing in the WWE. The company has a history of passing over established guys in favor of the flavor on the month. Great heels like Mr. Perfect and Jake "The Snake" Roberts never got proper main event pushes because impressive-looking monsters like Earthquake or Yokozuna got them instead.
While those wrestlers were heels, it's a fair comparison to what is currently happening with Kofi and Ryback. Kingston is the more complete superstar and a more proven commodity, but Ryback is getting the nod based on physical attributes alone.
Kingston has done everything the WWE has asked him over the years and he has earned at least a look in the main event.
His Many Title Reigns Give Him Credibility
Jake "The Snake" Roberts, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and Bam Bam Bigelow were among the most popular and recognizable stars to ever set foot in a WWE ring, but they combined for zero titles between them during their time in the company.
By comparison, Kofi Kingston is now a nine-time champion in the WWE.
Kofi has held the Intercontinental title on four occasions, the United States title twice, the WWE tag titles twice and the World tag titles on one occasion.
There aren't many superstars in the history of the WWE who are as decorated as Kingston, and that has to count for something. I realize that title reigns are predetermined and that many of Kofi's title runs have been transitional, but the fans constantly see him with gold and that makes him credible.
It used to be that a guy would have to have a run with the Intercontinental title in order to prove that he was ready for bigger and better things, but the WWE has got away from that.
Kingston has had that belt on four occasions, though, and he has done it proud every time. Perhaps no other midcarder has a pedigree that can compare to Kofi's, and he is deserving of a push because of that.
Main Event Face Depth Is Weak
I have already discussed the merits of Kofi Kingston at length, but sometimes the decision to put a guy in the main event comes down to the fact that there aren't really any other options.
The WWE title scene is a perfect example of that. The company put all its eggs in the John Cena vs. CM Punk basket, but with Cena still ailing following elbow surgery, it had to turn to a guy who has yet to prove that he is ready in the form of Ryback.
The World heavyweight championship scene is similar in that regard as Big Show was made the challenger for Sheamus' title based solely on the fact that he was the only real option.
Whenever Sheamus drops the title and is removed from the main event, SmackDown will have a similar quandary to Raw when it comes to faces.
Right now, the only main event caliber faces on SmackDown are Sheamus and Randy Orton. While you could argue that Orton is next in line after Sheamus, the WWE appears to be taking a wait-and-see approach with The Viper following his second drug-related suspension.
With the cupboard essentially barren, Kofi may get his shot at the main event by default, but I'm sure he would take it any way he can get it.