On screen, Kofi Kingston celebrated after winning the WWE Intercontinental Championship on Smackdown this week.
Off camera, though, he has to be a little bit disappointed.
For most wrestlers under the age of 30, the Intercontinental Championship would be quite an achievement. Holding the belt means that you're in the same company as all time greats such as Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig.
However, Kingston isn't your typical young wrestler.
The West Africa born wrestler has sniffed the main event scene. We're not talking about a quick taste like what Chris Masters and Brian Kendrick received. He legitimately came within an arm's distance of being a top level performer.
Late last year, Kingston was engaged in a feud with Randy Orton, a staple of the WWE main event scene for the last few years. It was this program that should have elevated Kingston into the upper tier of performers. While it was highly entertaining and it gave Kingston credibility, it ended suddenly.
Kingston's push came to an immediate halt after a match against Orton. During that match, Kingston made a little mistake with a move. That mistake was enough to make Orton upset enough to complain to management. Since then, Kingston's push has come to a halt.
For those of us that remember what Kingston could have been, the IC title win on Friday night was just a harsh reminder.
Jack Windham is the lead writer at WrestlingRevealed.com.
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