Trouble in Paradise: What Has WWE Been Doing to Kofi Kingston?

AmsterdamCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2011

When WWE decides to give one of their Superstars a push, it doesn't take long for the WWE Universe to figure out which Superstar is receiving it.

The Miz, Alberto Del Rio and Wade Barrett are all recent examples of talent that management decided to strap a rocket to.

At the same time, when the WWE decides to de-push one of their Superstars, the WWE Universe realizes who is getting buried far more quickly.

Sheamus, Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler are the recent examples of talent that management decided to drop the ball with.

But there also certain WWE Superstars that are neither pushed nor buried, but are instead floating in a strange limbo just above mid-card hell, but below main-event heaven.

They are the ones that management wants to push to the top, but for some unspecified reason, can't seem to go all the way with.

On SmackDown, the best example of a WWE Superstar in limbo is the current Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston.

The high-flying Kofi Kingtson has been with WWE for less than four years now, and in that short amount of time has held the Intercontinental Championship three times, the United States Championship once, and the World Tag Team Championship once.

In addition to these accolades, he is also become one of the most popular babyfaces in the company.

After John Cena, Randy Orton, Edge and Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston is probably the crowd's fifth favorite good guy, and by far the most popular mid-card face in the company.

Kingston initially started off with a Jamaican accent, but dropped the gimmick in late 2009. In doing so, Kingston proved that he could not only speak in a regular American accent, but that he was also a decent mic-worker as well.

Multiple secondary and tag team title reigns? Boom!

Popular as a babyface and considered a crowd favorite? Boom!

Good ring-work and decent mic-work? Boom!

So the biggest question that the WWE Universe frequently seem to ask themselves is: Why isn't Kofi Kingston getting a main-event push?

Kofi can talk. Kofi can wrestle. Kofi is over with the crowd. Kofi sells merchandise. Kofi has held many mid-card titles over the years.

Kofi has all the qualities and build-up necessary to have a successful main-event push and become an established world champion.

So what gives?

At point of time, WWE seemed to have been thinking the same thing.

Shortly after he dropped his accent in late 2009, Kofi Kingston was put into a major feud with Randy Orton.

At that point of time. The Viper was still considered the biggest heel in the company, and with the help of his Legacy stable, seemed to be unbeatable to everyone on the Raw roster except for John Cena and Triple H.

The fans were looking for an underdog babyface to rise up and beat Randy Orton at his own game. The underdog babyface was Kofi Kingston.

Kofi Kingston had just come off of a United States Championship feud with another rising WWE Superstar, The Miz.

After a confrontation that involved the destruction of Orton's car, Kingston and Orton feuded at Survivor Series and TLC, leaving one man having a win and loss apiece over the other.

But after several weeks of feuding, Kingston made a serious botch during one of their matches, prompting Orton to now yell the infamous "STUPID! STUPID!" line. 

And just like that, Kingston's feud with Randy Orton ended. By the time 2010 arrived, his main-event push was over.

In the year and a half since his failed push, Kingston has gone to SmackDown, where he has managed to win the Intercontinental Championship twice. Despite these title reigns, his career hasn't really been the same.

For one thing, both of Kingston's recent Intercontinental title reigns haven't been taken seriously, and have both been used to put over heels. 

The first reign lasted two months, and was used to push Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler would go on to hold the title for nearly six months before dropping back to Kingston. One month later, Ziggler would go on to win the World Heavyweight Championship.

The second reign, at the time of this article, has also been two months long, and has been used to push another heel, Alberto Del Rio.

Instead of having him defend his title, WWE management has used Kofi as enhancement talent for the 2011 Royal Rumble winner and (if I can predict the outcome of WrestleMania a month early) the next World Heavyweight Champion.

So why is it that the man who the entire WWE Universe wants to become World Heavyweight Champion is being used to put over un-over heels like Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler as the champions instead?

Is this really some sort of punishment by management for something that Kingston did to upset Orton nearly two years ago?

I feel like these questions will be answered at the Money in the Bank PPV later this year. We already know WrestleMania XXVII will not feature the ladder match, so I'm afraid we're going to have to wait until July.

By then, Kingston will have lost the Intercontinental Championship, and will most likely be a participant in the SmackDown ladder match.

If Kingston doesn't win, then he's like Christian: WWE doesn't want him to be a main-eventer. The only reason he's still winning mid-card titles is because he's popular with the crowd, no matter how hard they try to bury him.

But if he does win the SmackDown ladder match, then its a sign that WWE hasn't forgotten about him, and that they've finally found the right opportunity to give him a second ball to run with. The push wasn't obliterated, but simply postponed.

But that's in July, and this is now.

And right now, Kofi Kingston deserves better treatment than what he's receiving.


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