WWE is currently in the process of pushing young and deserving talent, something that World Wrestling Entertainment has not done in previous years. They have realized that their established and veteran stars are getting older, and these veteran stars that have entertained viewing audiences for the past decade are getting ready to retire. Some of these stars have already retired (Shawn Michaels), while other stars such as Triple H, Kane, Undertaker, Edge, Chris Jericho, Christian, and others, are either in their early 40’s or late 30’s and are only a few years away from their retirement. For this reason, WWE has started pushing their younger and mostly unknown stars, to try to make them into the next big thing. These rising superstars will be the future of the WWE for years to come and I decided to write articles about who these rising superstars are and what to expect from them in the future:
Rising Superstar: Kofi Kingston
Biography About This Rising Superstar: Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah, better known to wrestling fans as Kofi Kingston, was born on August 14, 1981 in Ghana, West Africa. Kingston moved to the United States when he was a child and decided to pursue a career in wrestling, which now seems like a very good move. Kingston wanted to be a wrestler ever since watching it when he was a kid, and got the opportunity to go to WWE’s development territory in 2006 and 2007. Kingston made his debut on WWE television on ECW in early 2008, and his career began to really begin taking off once he was moved to the Raw brand. After being on Raw for the past three years, Kofi was drafted over to SmackDown in the WWE draft. Kingston has been with the WWE for the past three years, and currently competes on the SmackDown brand.
Accomplishments in the WWE: Kingston has had tremendous success in his three years in the WWE. Kofi won his first championship in his first match on the Raw brand, beating future Hall of Famer Chris Jericho to win the Intercontinental Championship and held the title for a few months. Later that year, Kingston won the World Tag Team Championship with CM Punk, forming an unlikely duo. After their tag team crumbled, Kingston resumed his career as a singles wrestler, and won his first United States Championship. Kofi held the title for more than four months before losing it to The Miz. After being drafted to SmackDown earlier this year, Kingston became an Intercontinental Champion for the second time, beating Dolph Ziggler for the belt.
Current Position in the WWE: Kingston is not in a horrible spot at the time being, but it is hard to keep Kofi relevant when he isn’t feuding with anyone. Kingston is only a year removed from his major feud with Randy Orton, that lasted a few months and saw Kofi getting the best of Orton most of the time. Since that feud, Kingston has fell to the mid-card level once again, having a lengthy feud with Drew McIntyre for the Intercontinental title and then with Dolph Ziggler for that same title. At the moment, Kingston is not feuding with anyone in particular, mostly having tag team matches with Big Show and Rey Mysterio against the heels of SmackDown. At the Bragging Rights PPV, Kingston was on Team SmackDown as they defeated Team Raw and retained their Bragging Rights trophy.
Why Kofi Kingston is a Rising Superstar: Kingston has a lot of potential to succeed, and that is a big reason why he is one of the rising superstars in the WWE. Kofi has offense that could come out of nowhere, with his two finishers, S.O.S. and Trouble in Paradise. That is a big reason why Kofi is very dangerous and could win any match at any time. Also, Kofi recently lost his fake Jamaican accent and that helped evolve his character more and he is taken more seriously now when he delivers promos. Kingston has a different style of offense, and incorporates high-flying moves into his style of offense. As Michael Cole calls it, the “controlled frenzy” of Kingston. Kofi is still very young at only 29 years of age and still has years to improve into a more complete wrestler.
What to Expect in the Future from Kofi Kingston: The next goal for Kingston is to probably go after the Intercontinental title again, a title he has won twice already, or become a tag team wrestler with another talented superstar on the SmackDown roster, and go after his second tag team title reign. As of this moment, the SmackDown roster is filled with talented mid-card wrestlers and Kingston can feud with anyone of them. Since Kofi is now a face, he can feud with Alberto Del Rio or Drew McIntyre to name a few, and they could put on great matches. Kingston has already made a name for himself, previously having a main event feud with Randy Orton and could be back in the main event picture if Kingston continues to improve and get fan reactions. With all things considered, the future looks very good for Kofi Kingston.