CM Punk and Kofi Kingston as WWE World Tag Team Champions
At Capital Punishment, Kofi Kingston dropped the U.S. title to fellow up-and-comer Dolph Ziggler and failed to regain it the following night on Raw. That may sound like Kofi Kingston's stock is falling rapidly, however Kofi dropping the US championship may have been done to give him the chance to pick up the WWE title at MITB following the conclusion of the John Cena vs. CM Punk match.
Which makes him the perfect candidate to win Raw's MITB match.
When you look at the possible MITB candidates from Raw, no one—not even John Morrison—comes close to the amount of good as well as bad history Kofi Kingston has with CM Punk.
As the picture shows, they were at one point WWE World Tag Team Champions together and have history that goes as far back as WWE's version of ECW. Heck, they even left ECW and joined Raw together on the same night in WWE's 2008 draft.
The two made their Raw debuts by winning their first major championships less than 24 hours apart from each other. Kofi Kingston's debut on Raw the night after winning his intercontinental championship at 2008 Night of Champions. That same exact night that Kofi debuted with the IC belt, CM Punk made history by cashing in his MITB briefcase on Raw against Edge to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion for the first time.
Fast-forward to July 17, 2011 and it could be Kofi Kingston's chance to cash in a MITB briefcase on what could be a newly crowned champion CM Punk.
Kingston, more likely than not, would receive boos from the hostile Chicago crowd if this storyline were to play out, but there lies the silver lining. The July 18 edition of Raw will broadcast live from Green Bay, Wisconsin where Kofi will be cheered as a hero for defeating Green Bay's rival city Chicago, and their hometown kid CM Punk, capturing the WWE championship in the process.
As much as the IWC is clamoring for John Morrison or Alberto Del Rio to claim this spot, I cannot think of a better way or a better face character to push in this spot than Kofi.
Allowing Kofi Kingston to receive that main-event push with the boost of his former tag team partner as well as former ECW mate, CM Punk, could result in one of the most memorable moments in WWE history since CM Punk's now-famous MITB cash in on Edge back in June 2008.
OH YEAH ECW STILL LIVES!!!
MITB Odds: Strong Front-Runner