Can Kofi Kingston Ever Make It Past the U.S./I.C. Title Level in WWE?

Sebastian MaldonadoFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2013

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Photo Credit: mattbrink,

Kofi Kingston once again became the United States champion, as he defeated Antonio Cesaro in a thrilling bout.

Kingston captured the U.S. title for the third time, which continues his streak of championship glory. However, he’s still stuck in the midcard division.

Can Kofi Kingston ever make it past the United States and Intercontinental level in the WWE?

Sadly, that doesn’t look like the case.

Kingston almost became a main-event player during his feud with Randy Orton in 2009. He displayed a more aggressive side, nothing mirrored from his happy go-lucky attitude. Kingston even won Survivor Series for his team, pinning CM Punk and Orton in a matter of seconds.

The feud resulted in Orton getting his revenge at TLC. Kingston never saw the main event again.

Kingston did achieve moderate success. He’s won tag team gold with Punk, Evan Bourne and R-Truth. His last two reigns were lengthy, despite the lack of competition. However, the tag team division is not the main event. It’s only a glorified spot in the midcard level.

That leaves the burning question: Will Kofi Kingston rise from the midcard level? Not at this current rate.

It has nothing to do with him staying as a babyface. A Kingston heel turn would be ill-advised, especially since almost every Superstar is a heel these days. The top-level talent would easily bury Kingston, including John Cena if Kingston even reaches that far.

There are too many heels at that main event level already. CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Mark Henry, Big Show and Jack Swagger are at that level. The midcard is booming with heels wanting to be in that spot, including Wade Barrett.

The only way for Kingston to come back is to bring his attitude in the picture again. The WWE needs more faces to take the weight off Cena. Kingston could be that guy.

All he has to do is open up and let the attitude take over. That’s the only way Kingston will rise to the main event level. Otherwise, he’ll be a midcard wrestler for the rest of his career.