Winning the U.S. Title Does Not Change Kofi Kingston's Position in the Company
He can fly. He can throw kicks with the best of them. He get an entire crowd to chant "Boom!" as he prepares to do damage to his opponents.
But what WWE Superstar Kofi Kingston cannot seem to do is break through the ceiling that has been placed above his head that prevents him from reaching upper-level glory and achievements.
Sure, he just defeated Antonio Cesaro for the United States title on Raw.
And yes, he remains one of the most popular and talented Superstars on the WWE roster.
However, Kingston has failed, overall, in his few opportunities at seizing a world title. And he has never seemed to be able to win "the big one," the career-defining match that a person will always be remembered for.
He certainly has had his share of moments that are cause for celebration, though. His two near-exits from the Royal Rumble in the past two years left fans and competitors alike scratching their heads in disbelief.
And in fairness, his championship resume does rival some of the best to ever compete. There are few competitors that could boast his four Intercontinental title reigns, let alone his three with the United States title, as well as three reigns with some form of the Tag Team titles.
But he is still missing the crown jewel. Kofi Kingston has yet to win a world championship.
And the issue is not that he doesn't deserve it. The problem is that he is mired in a place on the roster right now that gives him very little room for growth, and he will remain in that spot for most of his career.
Kingston is far too talented and dynamic to be relegated to the midcard. But he also lacks the killer instinct and overall "it" factor to make it as a top-level face or heel at the moment. He has become the company's "Mr. Nice Guy," and it will be very hard to shed that image.
There has been talk of the company turning Kingston heel, but then again, there is always talk of turning everyone heel or face. But in his case, it may be exactly what he needs in order to get to that next level.
Perhaps he can never be a credible world champion without showing that he has a deep-seeded mean streak. The company has flirted with the idea of making him more aggressive in the past, and he has looked relatively convincing in doing so. But in the end, he always reverts back to his dancing, smiling persona, the one that leaves the fans satisfied.
And while defeating Cesaro, a future world champion in many people's eyes, Kingston could have also taken a step in the right direction. It is curious that the company chose now to end Cesaro's 240-day reign, and the wrestling world has been abuzz with what the company may do next with him.
Facing an opponent like Alberto Del Rio might be just the fit for Cesaro, as it would give him some legitimacy in squaring off against a former world champion and polished technical wrestler. In turn, it would perhaps raise Del Rio's stock as a face, given that Cesaro's persona is fairly disliked by most wrestling fans.
But back to Kingston. It goes without saying that he is one of the most talented competitors in the company right now. And though he has attained a great deal of success overall, if his lack of winning the big one is an indication of things to come, if he remains in the same spot, can he ever hope to be anything more than the best midcarder that WWE has to offer?
For his sake, and the sake of fans that live for cutting-edge offensive maneuvers and charisma, let's all hope not.
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