Kofi Kingston's Injury Provides Opportunity for Christian's WWE Return

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterMay 29, 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  Christian is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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WWE can offset the loss of Kofi Kingston by bringing back Christian, replacing one exciting star for another.

Since this latest report comes from WWE itself, it's hard to tell how much of it is real and how much of it is for the sake of storyline, but nonetheless, it appears WWE TV will be minus Kingston for some time.

WWE.com announced (Spoiler Alert: report includes SmackDown results) that Kingston "will undergo surgery this Thursday and is expected to be out-of-action for 4 to 8 weeks."

Injuries in the WWE have to be expected, and the roster is a constantly shifting puzzle with recovering and returning stars. With a piece like Kingston sliding out, it would be wise for WWE to replace him with someone who can deliver the same type of quality matches on its weekly programming, someone with as developed a fanbase.

As reported by Wrestling Observer Newsletter and outlined on WrestlingInc.com, Christian has been cleared to wrestle and is just waiting for the right storyline to return.

Regardless, if the perfect story has been written to maximize the excitement of his return yet, this space in the roster makes it easy to slip Christian back into the mix. He's too talented to be sitting around backstage, to not be offering his unique brand of offense to WWE Raw or WWE SmackDown.

Fans aren't going to be disappointed if Christian’s return storyline isn't something monumental. His fans just want to see him back in action.

Have him challenge Antonio Cesaro or throw him in a tag team to face The Shield a few times. Christian could even replace Kingston as the top challenger for Dean Ambrose's United States title. Fending off Christian would be great for Ambrose, and WWE could play up Christian losing because of ring rust.

He just needs to be back and serving in Kingston's recent workhorse role.

Kingston recently had great matches against Cesaro on WWE Main Event, against Ambrose on WWE Raw and against Cody Rhodes on WWE SmackDown. WWE doesn't need to lose a single step in the weeks that Kingston will be gone. Just plug Christian in his stead, and keep up the same level of quality.

Sometimes WWE Superstars come and go so often that it feels like they are tagging each other in and out. This time, it's Kingston turn to rest on the apron while Christian charges in for the hot tag.