Fellow Bleachies, tonight something amazing happened: I watched Monday Night RAW and was impressed.
I am not talking about anything to do with John Cena, Randy Orton, Legacy, Jeri-Show, MVP, or Mark Henry.
I am talking about the three pushes I saw tonight. Three pushes that some have hoped for for quite some time now.
I am talking about Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, and Sheamus.
Now that Kofi Kingston (Johnson?) has been outed as a non-Jamaican, he is allowed to speak. This is great and all, but what makes me truly happy is that he seems to be at Main Event status.
Personally, I think WWE is doing a perfect job with his transition. Randy Orton cannot be in the title picture right now thanks to the stipulation set at Bragging Rights. He cannot be in a feud with Cena, so who should he be with? I can't tell you how happy I was when I saw that Kofi Kingston would be Orton's newest opponent.
It's perfect when you think about it. Kofi should be in the main event, but I can't see him in the title picture yet. Therefore, this non-title feud with Orton should work well for Kingston, as it will allow him to gain experience in the spotlight, develop his new character, but do it at a slow enough pace that when the title shot comes, he will be ready.
The second push I saw tonight was the one belonging to Evan Bourne. Now, before I go on, I do want to acknowledge that I do realize that the point of Bourne's match was really to highlight a Miz vs. Swagger feud. While I realize that Evan Bourne is not currently in the title picture, tonight shows that WWE is viewing him as a definite midcarder. I would not be surprised to see him in the US title picture soon.
The third, and most drastic, push of the evening belongs to the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus.
I'll admit, when I saw Jamie Noble standing in the ring tonight, I scratched my head wondering what kind of shenanigans the WWE had planned for that match. Once I heard the awesome music hit, though, I couldn't help but to bear a giant grin.
First of all, being moved from ECW to anywhere is an obvious push in the WWE. I was wondering why Yoshi Tatsu was getting a title shot on the C show while Sheamus was nowhere near the ECW main event. This explained it all for me.
Now that Sheamus is on RAW, he is free to develop more than he ever could on Tuesday nights. He has a much larger audience, and bigger talent to work with. The Celtic Warrior is also someone I can see in a midcarder position by Wrestlemania. Expect to see him in his first Money in the Bank ladder match, or even contending for the US title.
Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, and Sheamus are three superstars who already had my attention. Now that they have even more to work with, I can't wait to see what they do.
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