Kofi Kingston's Trouble in Paradise: Why the Pro Wrestler Needs to Step Up

Peter CashContributor IMarch 4, 2010

In November of last year, it seemed that Kofi Kingston was on the verge of being the next break out star.

Once he dropped the happy-go-lucky attitude and admitted that he wasn't Jamaican, he suddenly began to catch fire.

Kingston even pinned former WWE Champion Randy Orton on two occasions. Everyone on the Internet was singing from the rooftops about Kofi Kingston.

Well, what happened?

Fast-forward four months and Kofi Kingston has faded into obscurity, nowhere to be found.

He participated in the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship and put on a pretty good showing.

The thing is, people were predicting Kofi Kingston to win the Royal Rumble and headline Wrestlemania. As of right now, Kofi Kingston isn't even on the card for the biggest show of the year.

That spells trouble for Kofi.

Now, while it was foolish to think that Kofi would be anywhere near the main event of Wrestlemania this year, it seemed as though WWE may have been heading in that direction.

He was in a white hot feud with Randy Orton for the last two months of 2009 and early part of January. Kofi was poised for greatness, and he looked ready to take his spot in the upper echelon of the Raw roster.

After being pinned by "The Viper" three times in the matter of a month, it looked as though his big push had been dropped.

One can only ask why.

I have seen some people say that Kingston supposedly "botches" too much and isn't "solid" in the ring. To his defense, his high-flying style makes him prone to a slip up here or there.

These are the same fans, who two months prior couldn't stop talking about how Kingston would soon be main eventing for the championship.

Is it another case of the Internet wrestling fans becoming tired of their flavor of the month?

Quite possibly.

That leads us to look into the future.

It looks as though Kingston will somehow make it into the Money in the Bank Ladder match. If this is indeed true, I can only see two people winning it.

One of those men is Christian.

The other, Kofi Kingston.

I know many fans have been waiting a very long time for Christian to get his just deserts in the WWE. What better way than to have him win the Money in the Bank contract?

That's all well and good, but Kofi needs it more than him.

WWE needs to capitalize on Kingston before the fans forget about him. If they don't, the entire feud with Orton will have been for nothing.

More importantly, Kofi himself has to get the crowd behind him. He gets a solid reaction now, but not nearly as loud as WWE would like to hear.

I enjoyed seeing a serious side in Kofi when he trashed Orton's prized stock car with paint. He showed genuine emotion that we had never seen from him before.

Kingston showed anger, and we can all relate to that. That was part of the reason, in my opinion, the fans were beginning to support him.

Now he is tagging with Evan Bourne and Yoshi Tatsu, who, although amazing athletes in their own right, aren't even mid-card status at this point in time.

His momentum has already fallen by the wayside, but he isn't a lost cause. Kofi has an exciting style that gets the crowd fired up. I personally enjoy watching most of his matches.

You have to wonder though, what was WWE planning when they had Kofi feud with Orton? Could the big picture have been something much more?

We may never know. For the meantime, Kofi needs to get back on the horse and try again.

He'll get there soon enough.