Kofi Kingston retained the WWE Intercontinental Championship when he defeated Wade Barrett at TLC in a match that nobody picked him to win. Well, except for me.
The fact is, there are some Kofi fans out there, mostly because there is a lot to like about the guy. He’s young, he’s quick, and he has great personality and dynamic moves in the ring. And, he’s over.
He’s a modern day super babyface, cut from the Ricky Steamboat mold. One look at Kingston and fans immediately like him. He just seems like someone you could hang out with and he would just be one of the guys.
When writers and fans talk about the “future” of WWE, Kofi Kingston is one of the talents we’re talking about. He’s that good and he has the potential to become even better.
Yet, it would not surprise me to learn that many fans were picking Wade Barrett to win this one. And honestly, I can’t blame them.
As strong as Kofi is as a face, Wade is just as solid as a heel. Maybe even more so.
Wade is tall, dark and sinister. He has a glare that makes you feel as though he’s staring right through you and when it comes to diabolical, this guy knows all about it.
As the leader of the Nexus, Barrett laid waste to the majority of the WWE roster and story-line wise very nearly took out John Cena. He has the reputation of using whatever means necessary to achieve his goals and his work in the ring is more than enough to get him where he wants to be.
He is also one of those workers who represent the future of Vince McMahon’s company and I believe that he will become one of the top heels in WWE.
What better way to build for tomorrow than by leading the charge today? Is that what we’re seeing with Kofi Kingston versus Wade Barrett?
This is a rivalry that could continue well into the next few months, depending on what WWE creative decides to do with it.
A lot of the burden of course falls on Kofi and Wade who have to find their chemistry and pull fans into their feud. All the hard work and intense promos in the world will not necessarily make the crowd truly care about what it's seeing. It is up to the two Superstars involved to make it work.
And if that’s going to happen, it has to go beyond one match. That’s why Kofi had to win at TLC.
By getting a pin on Wade, Kofi is continuing to establish himself as champion and is gaining more credibility in the process. Barrett is no pushover and for this rivalry to mean anything, Kingston has to appear strong and capable of getting it done in the ring.
Wade controlled the majority of this match as we expected he would, and it looked as though Kofi had no chance to win.
That’s exactly what needed to happen. Now, Kingston’s resiliency is evident and his ability to take punishment makes him a tougher and more dangerous Superstar than before this match. Wade obviously took Kofi too lightly and now he will have to find a way to break him down even more if he wants to gain championship gold.
Kingston’s character has heart, and at TLC it was on display more than it possibly ever has been.
Now, it’s up to WWE to build on this and take it as far as it can go.