Thirty-one years old, Slammy Award winner, three-time tag team champion, two-time U.S. Champion, four-time Intercontinental Champion. By looking at this resume, it would seem as if I forgot a World Heavyweight Championship or a WWE Championship reign, right?
Not in the case of Kofi Kingston.
For some reason, Kingston just can not get pass the glass ceiling that his career has created. Even with his great athleticism, acrobatic exhibitions and above-average performances, he still cannot get pass the midcard level.
Back in 2009, the WWE made an attempt to push Kingston relatively heavy. His short feud with Randy Orton and subsequent weening out of his Jamaican gimmick finally provided a ray of hope. Even his mic work and mannerisms were decent.
And who can forget Survivor Series of that year? Winning the match for his team by defeating both Orton and CM Punk back-to-back in a matter of seconds.
So what is holding him back?
My guess would be his lack of charisma.
Although we saw a vast improvement during his push, it still was very rough around the edges. Maybe WWE Creative pulled the plug too quickly, never giving him the due opportunity to propel as a main-eventer.
Regardless of the cause, the "Boom Boom Boom" claps, Harlem Shake-mimicked Boom Drop and "Boom" chants before his Trouble in Paradise finisher are all long overdue for an overhaul.
Would a heel turn work?
I'm not a big fan of the philosophy that a turn automatically helps someone's career. However, it worked with R-Truth, Miz, Alberto Del Rio and, to an extent, Tensai. It pulled all of the aforementioned Superstars out of a rut, even giving ADR a World Heavyweight Championship.
With this successful trend, a heel turn may be exactly what he needs to break the glass ceiling over his career.
I can see a World Heavyweight Championship run for Kingston down the line. However, with the stagnation of his career and the seemingly reluctant WWE Creative, it may just be wishful thinking.
What are your thoughts concerning Kofi Kingston? How can the glass ceiling be broken (if at all)? Comment, civilly, below.
Chris Featherstone is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, as well as a writer for WrestlingInc.com. He hosts a weekly interactive wrestling talk show, Pancakes and Powerslams, live on Blog Talk Radio Tuesdays at 11pm ET. Continue to show your support by following @cravewrestling.