WWE Raw: Why Kofi Kingston Defeated Antonio Cesaro for United States Title

SMGAnalyst IIApril 15, 2013

photo courtesy of wwe.com
photo courtesy of wwe.com

On Raw, the WWE Universe may have been in total shock as midcard lifer Kofi Kingston defeated Antonio Cesaro to become the new United States champion. This was a surprising move and one that seemed like a terrible decision at first. However, after giving it much thought, Kingston’s win could lead to good things for both Antonio Cesaro and another young up and coming heel in WWE.

Kofi Kingston will always be in the midcard. His lack of quality mic skills have always prevented him from reaching main event status. Perhaps a heel turn could change that, but so far WWE has chosen to keep Kingston a fan favorite. His popularity with the younger audience makes it understandable. Plus, heel characters need to be great on the mic. Kingston is not.

For Antonio Cesaro, this loss could mean the Swiss Superstar is headed to the main event. Cesaro’s amazing in-ring ability seemed to be given less focus than it deserves. His uppercut and neutralizer moves in particular have been quite impressive. With the Money in the Bank pay-per-view just three months away, Cesaro could be the new favorite to win a briefcase.

Cesaro should have lost the title to a Superstar a bit higher on the card though. Kingston had been a jobber to the stars since losing the Intercontinental title to Wade Barrett on the New Year's Eve edition of Raw. After Cesaro’s impressive eight-month reign as United States champion should have ended at WrestleMania. Unfortunately, that was not possible since Cesaro was not even booked for a match at the show of shows.

Since Kofi Kingston is clearly not a long-term solution to the United States title, there is another reason why he won: to lose it soon to an up and coming Superstar like Fandango.

Fandango delayed his debut until WrestleMania 29 when he defeated Chris Jericho. However, it was the night after WrestleMania where Fandango’s push may have started.

On Raw the night after WrestleMania, Fandango defeated…Kofi Kingston. During his match and throughout the rest of the night the New Jersey crowd hummed, sang and danced to Fandango’s theme music. The entrance music has become a new craze according to Fox Sports.

WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin recently predicted that a midcard championship could be in Fandango’s future. Perhaps this Kofi Kingston win was done in order to give Fandango that midcard title. WWE would be wise to take advantage of Fandango’s recent popularity. It’s unfortunate that it has come as a cost to Antonio Cesaro.

Then again, if Cesaro wins Money in the Bank and enters the main event scene, it will be worth it. John Cena is busy feuding with Ryback right now. However, other than Ryback, Cena doesn’t have many new Superstars to feud with. Cesaro and Cena would certainly deliver quality matches.

Or perhaps Cesaro will reunite with his former tag team partner NXT Superstar Kassius Ohno. With rumors that some NXT Superstars may be getting called up soon, WWE may have been planning this for a while. Cesaro may not have gotten over with the WWE Universe as much as the company would have liked. Pairing him up with Ohno could help both Superstars. Ohno is someone who surprisingly hasn’t been called up yet. With the tag team division losing steam, WWE could use the Kings of Wrestling.

So before you decide that WWE made a terrible decision having Kofi Kingston defeat Antonio Cesaro for the U.S. title, think about what it could mean. It could mean brighter futures for Cesaro and Fandango. Kingston will always be Kingston. WWE couldn’t have had Cesaro be defeated by Fandango since both are heels. Or could they have?


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