Upon his WWE debut in January 2008, Kofi Kingston displayed a tremendous amount of potential to one day be a top star in the company. His amazing abilities inside the squared circle made him one of the most entertaining Superstars to watch, regardless of who his opponent was.
Of course, his mic skills needed some work, but the fake Jamaican accent he had at the time certainly didn't help matters. Aside from that, Kingston almost immediately connected with the audience on the night of his initial arrival and continues to garner a reaction from the crowd to this day.
The first few championships he won were beneficial in making him a credible competitor, but his most recent reigns as Intercontinental and United States Champion, respectively, were rather meaningless. It has gotten to the point where most fans can't take him seriously as a title holder, simply because they know it will only be a month or two before he inevitably drops it.
His last aggressive push came during his feud with Randy Orton, whom he defeated in spectacular fashion at 2009's Survivor Series pay-per-view. However, after losing a string of subsequent matches to The Viper, Kingston was relegated back to the mid-card and hasn't been prominently featured since.
Many members of the Internet Wrestling Community blame Orton for Kingston's misfortunes in recent years, but the fact of the matter is that WWE's Creative Team is currently giving him nothing to work with. If you were to compare Kingston's character now to back when he first debuted, you would notice that there isn't a single difference between the two (except for the lack of Jamaican accent).
Kingston has his flashes of brilliance at times, but it's not enough to make his character interesting. He needs to display his serious side more often like he did during his rivalry with Orton a number of years back.
To my knowledge, Kingston hasn't taken time off since arriving on the WWE scene, which is one of the main reasons why I believe his latest leave of absence is a blessing in disguise.
If a character is constantly featured on WWE programming without taking a week off every once in a while, they quickly grow stale. His lack of evolution as a character is what has hindered him the most and has prevented him from breaking into the main event scene.
While I'm not saying that Kingston is a guaranteed future World Champion, I do think that he has a lot to offer and is currently underutilized for no apparent reason. Sure, he's a blast to watch in the ring, but that becomes irrelevant when his character means next to nothing.
Furthermore, I'm also not saying that I would have wished Kingston to get injured. Wishing harm upon anyone is wrong and I wouldn't have wanted his time off to happen under these circumstances.
However, his injury could prove to be beneficial for him in the long scheme of things. He was written off television on last week's edition of Friday Night SmackDown, where he was put through three tables at the hands of Ryback.
It was later reported by WWE's official website that Kingston is currently scheduled to return to the ring in four to eight weeks, which is more than enough time for the Ghanaian grappler to rest up and recuperate.
WWE should take this opportunity to repackage Kingston upon his eventual comeback. A heel turn isn't necessary to make him interesting again, but it would certainly be something fresh and exciting.
R-Truth was in the same boat a number of years ago, where he was floundering in the lower mid-card without any real direction. Upon turning his back on the WWE Universe in April 2011, Truth became one of the most hated heels and entertaining acts in all of wrestling.
If a Kingston heel turn doesn't bode well with the fans, you turn him back the next week and forget the whole thing ever happened. It's simple booking that could allow Kingston to expand horizons if done correctly.
Nonetheless, I anticipate Kingston's pending return and hope he is given some sort of character overhaul in order to rejuvenate his career. Any injury is unfortunate, but there's the chance that it could end up being the best thing to have ever happened to him for the reasons provided.
Thanks for reading, Bleachers, and be sure to drop a comment below with your thoughts on Kofi Kingston's injury and how you believe it could positively or negatively impact his career going forward. As always, your criticism and overall feedback on my latest piece is welcomed and greatly appreciated.