Saturday, March 20, 2010
Missing Mania : Kofi Kingston's Trouble in WWE Paradise
Kofi Kingston's Troble in WWE Paradise
by Kevin Kellam 3/20/2010
If you told the common WWE fan in November of 2009, that Kofi Kingston was not going to be a part of Wrestlemania 26, they would have been shocked. Since debuting in 2008, Kingston has had a rocket tied to his back, wowing fans along the way with his boom-boom leg drops and roundhouse head kicks. It looked like Kofi was going straight to the top. And just as he established himself in his first high-profile feud with Randy Orton, it seemed as though the rocket fuel had ran out.
The Orton story brought depth to Kingston's happy-go-lucky character who was not considered a threat to any main event star at the time. After weeks of attacks by Orton, Kofi laid an angry beat-down on the former WWE Champ,which ended with Orton being smashed through an equipment table. Standing tall over Orton at Madison Square Garden on RAW, Kofi Kingston seemed destined for a match on the 2010 edition of Wrestlemania.
Now with a only week left to Wrestlemania 26, Kingston has no match booked for the biggest night in pro wrestling. His feud with Orton faded by January, and fell to wayside as WWE built bigger stories for the pay-per-view spectacular on March 28th in Phoenix.Still wrestling fans are asking why the breakout young star of 2009 is not booked for the biggest show of 2010?
Reputable wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer has speculated Randy Orton complained to management, about Kingston underselling his RKO finisher in a televised match and this got Kingston in trouble. Did this supposed in-ring error cost Kingston his Mania Moment?
Also on an already stacked super-card with Shawn Michaels/Undertaker, the returning Bret Hart/Vince McMahon and several big time championship matches, Kingston's chances of making it on the big show are slim. If a tenth wrestler is added to the crowded field of nine wrestlers for the Money in the Bank ladder match, Kingston would have to be a likely choice. But that is just an "if", and nothing more.
This is first in short series that looks at WWE superstars who for whatever reason, miss the cut for Wrestlemania 26 on March 28th. For more info on this pay per view, www.wwe.com
UPDATE 3/21/10 : KOFI MAYBE KICKING HIS WAY INTO WRESTLEMANIA
Prowrestling.net is reporting, the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania will now feature ten participants instead of the originally scheduled eight.
The final spot will be determined this Monday night on Raw (3/22/10) with Kofi Kingston as the favorite.
The ninth competitor is revealed on tonight's episode of Friday Night SmackDown, United States Champion Drew McIntyre.