Kofi Kingston: Why You Should Care About the WWE United States Champion

Sebastian MaldonadoFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2013

photo credit: John Jewell, Flickr.com
photo credit: John Jewell, Flickr.com

Kofi Kingston, the reigning WWE United States champion, will defend his title against The Shield’s Dean Ambrose at Extreme Rules this Sunday. Yet, for some reason, the focus is on The Shield.

It’s understandable, as Ambrose is part of the most dominant faction in recent memory. Plus, it’s his first singles match on pay-per-view. It’ll be interesting to see where the trio could go with titles in their possession.

Shouldn’t the focus be on Kingston? Isn’t he the United States champion?

I understand why Kingston isn’t the center of attention. It’s his third U.S. title reign, and he’s been stuck in the midcard role for his entire career.

I understand why the fans don’t care. Here’s why you should.

What Kingston may lack in personality is compensated for his in-ring ability. His work ethic is second to none, putting on great matches with the best of them.

He fought great battles with Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett and Antonio Cesaro in recent memory. Kingston constantly shows the WWE Universe he can bring exciting matches with his high-flying style. His Trouble in Paradise, a spinning kick to the face, is still an electrifying finisher.

Kingston gives it his all every single night, regardless of what match he’s in, which brings us to Extreme Rules.

Ambrose has a reputation developed in the Independents and FCW. He can show the rest of the wrestling world he’s ready to carry a title. However, don’t count out Kofi Kingston. The defending champion will not go down without a fight. These two might steal the show and surprise a lot of people come Extreme Rules.

You should care about Kofi Kingston. Even though he’s stuck in the midcard, his amazing aerial assault and in-ring abilities should change your minds. He may not be the best thing today, but Kingston’s matches are never boring, because after all, he is Kofi Kingston.