Kofi Kingston's 7 Best WWE Matches Thus Far
Kofi Kingston's WWE career has seen him entertain fans with his uncanny agility and bird-like ability to soar in solo matches or in chaotic battles amidst ladders.
Pick apart his lack of charisma or his blasé performances on the microphone, but good luck trying not to be wowed when Kingston steps into the ring.
In championship challenges, Raw and SmackDown tour de forces and Money in the Bank ladder matches, Kingston continues to add quality matches to WWE's vault.
Which of his matches were most exciting? Which told the most interesting stories?
The following is a collection of Kingston's best work to date, a list that should shift and expand as Kingston continues to deliver for WWE.
7. Kofi Kingston vs. Chris Jericho, Night of Champions 2008
Kofi Kingston's first match for the Raw brand ended with him hoisting his first championship over his head.
This was a story of youth vs. experience, of two eras colliding. Jericho was no old man, though. Both he and Kingston delivered a rapid-paced match built on beautiful counters and stunning aerial moves.
Jericho was disrespectful to the young upstart, slapping him in the face at one point.
He came to learn how potent a performer Kingston was, just like many WWE fans were discovering. Kingston seemed to spare no risk in this match, clearly hungry for the Intercontinental Championship.
Shawn Michaels distracted Jericho which helped Kingston to the win. Jericho and Michaels' feud would charge on and Kingston would go on to win several more championships during his WWE tenure.
6. Money in the Bank 2011, Raw Ladder Match
On a night overshadowed by John Cena and CM Punk's classic WWE title match, the Raw Money in the Bank match delivered a surplus of excitement.
Alberto Del Rio was the eventual winner, but Kofi Kingston was one of the match's biggest stars. Kingston springboarded off a ladder onto R-Truth for a boom drop. He showed a vicious side to him as he smashed ladders into his foes' torsos.
It's hard to disagree with Rob McNichol of The Sun when he describes the match as "an entertaining encounter."
It was one of many fabulous Kingston performances in Money in the Bank matches.
5. Kofi Kingston vs. MVP, Raw 2009
Another championship win provided Kofi Kingston with one of his best matches so far.
The United States champ, MVP, controlled much of the match.
He used his experience and superior technical skills to keep Kingston grounded for much of the night. MVP clung to Kingston's wrist and wrenched on his neck.
This led to a powerful tension in the match, a feeling that if Kingston just strung a few moves together, there would be an explosive result. Kingston's offensive bursts thrilled. Both men had fans enthralled.
The excellent match was capped off with a surprise win by Kingston, a victory that led to Kingston holding onto the U.S. title until October of that year.
4. Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler, Raw 2012
Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston have displayed such fantastic chemistry together, it's hard to pick just one match from their long rivalry.
From their battle on SmackDown in the Intercontinental title tournament to their hard-fought match at Night of Champions 2010, Ziggler and Kingston have bolstered each other's resumes every time they've clashed.
Their match on Sept. 24, 2012 has been the highlight of their encounters so far.
It was the most intense and fluid of their fights. Both men sold just how desperate they were to win. Every near fall then felt more powerful, more breathtaking.
Their gorgeous, violent dance ended with Ziggler cracking Kingston's head against the mat for the win.
3. Money in the Bank 2010, SmackDown Ladder Match
Again Kofi Kingston played a prominent role in one of the better Money in the Bank ladder matches.
With Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Matt Hardy, Cody Rhodes, Christian and Kingston all in the match, athleticism boosted the fun factor.
Kingston used his leaping and kicking power to knock down his foes and excite the crowd. His most dazzling move came when soared from a ladder, delivering a boom drop onto McIntyre and destroying the table underneath him.
2. Kofi Kingston vs. Christian, SmackDown 2010
Kofi Kingston's best one-on-one match thus far has been with a man who in many ways mirrors him in the ring.
Kingston took on Christian in the finals of a Intercontinental Championship tournament. The two men sprang around the ring like frogs. The action was fluid, quick and felt like real competition.
Both men seemed to go all out until they were both sucking air in desperation. It felt a lot like an NFL game where each quarterback ends up throwing 400 yards—a fast-paced, high-scoring affair.
We also saw a more technical side of Kingston, as he threw in a bit of chain wrestling with his usual high-flying moves.
In a match that showcased counters aplenty, Christian and Kingston both looked worthy of the title as they were evenly matched throughout.
1. WrestleMania XXV, Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Powered by an especially frenetic energy, Kofi Kingston had one of his best performances in what was one of the best Money in the Bank ladder matches in WWE history.
Kingston was at his most creative and impressive here, leaping over ladders and kicking foes between them. He and Shelton Benjamin seemed to be a battle of one-upmanship.
Dives, desperation and big hits highlighted the match.
Critics may point to the handful of botches to downplay this match. Christian's Killswitch off the ladder on CM Punk went awry, as did a Benjamin powerbomb on MVP.
However, those slip-ups only served to make the action feel more real, like the pressure of the moment was getting to these guys.