Daniel Bryan to Defend WWE Title vs. Kofi Kingston at 2019 WWE Fastlane

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorFebruary 20, 2019

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SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon announced on Tuesday that Daniel Bryan will defend his WWE title against Kofi Kingston at Fastlane.

The pay-per-view will take place on March 10 in Cleveland.

Bryan pinned Kingston to successfully defend his title at the six-man Elimination Chamber match on Sunday at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Their portion of the match received rave reviews, including via Bryan Alvarez of Figure Four Online:

       

Kingston has also received much praise, to the point where it's clear that a sizable portion of the fanbase would like to see him become champion.

WWE wrestler Mike Kanellis discussed this in a recent tweet and also noted the fans the 37-year-old has in the locker room:

Kingston has been on WWE's main roster since 2007. He is a four-time intercontinental champion, three-time United States champion and eight-time tag-team champion (four Raw, three SmackDown, one world title).

However, he has never held a flagship belt.

Kingston received a shot at the 2010 Elimination Chamber but was eliminated third. His battle with Bryan was the closest he's gotten to a world title.

At this point, the man deserves his shot at the belt. Not only has he put in his dues, but Kingston also delivered an amazing performance Sunday considering he wasn't even scheduled to originally be in the match (he replaced Mustafa Ali, who was not medically cleared to wrestle in time).

Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful supported another title chance for Kingston:

Chris Mueller of Bleacher Report made the comparison of the New Day member to Bryan, who got a big push five years ago before winning the WWE title at WrestleMania:

"Bryan experienced something similar leading up to WrestleMania 30 and WWE capitalized on his momentum by having him defeat Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton on the same night to win the WWE title. This needs to happen again with Kingston. The company has a golden goose sitting right in front of it. All it needs to do now is realize what it has and give Kingston the push he has deserved for years."

The question now is how far Kingston's push goes. After Fastlane, WrestleMania 35 will take place on April 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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