By Jared "JJF" Jackson-Ferrans
The WWE has a history of using midcard stars for big moments in crucial matches. Shelton Benjamin, John Morrison and Neville are among the stars who were inserted into Royal Rumbles or Money In The Bank matches solely for big spots, and had no chance of winning whatsoever. For a few years, that spot belonged to Kofi Kingston, a high flying star with very little substance to his character. However, the introduction of The New Day has revitalized his fledgling career, leading to possibly the best run Kofi has had since his debut on ECW. While a solo run for any members of the New Day has not yet materialized, the idea is certainly an interesting one, and Kofi is easily the best suited of the three to a a run at the top of the card.
To begin with, Kofi is no stranger to solo success in the WWE. In addition to holding tag titles with five different partners, he is a multiple time United States and Intercontinental Champion, and defeated former world champions such as Christian and Chris Jericho for those reigns. He is also no stranger to high level matchups, having feuded with Randy Orton as well as having taken on John Cena as part of the New Day, even getting wins over him in tag team action. At the current moment, with seven midcard championships and five tag team championships, Kofi is one of the most acclaimed wrestler never to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
As well, Kofi is a high level talent, and a veteran on the main roster for several years, yet has never been able to break into the upper echelon. His unorthodox and unique offense brings to mind Rob Van Dam and Tajiri, among others, and his style has thus far brought a bit of originality to the main roster. On the mic, Kofi has yet to stand out, nor has he ever embarrassed himself on the mic. He's always been solid yet lacks a breakout promo that many of his peers have had that led to them making it up the card. Given the chance, Kofi could easily be a top star.
The most important thing about this would be, with Kofi as a top star, we would have a legitimate leader of the New Day, allowing them to grow as a unit. While their gimmick is solid, the group hasn't yet been able to modify it enough to stay interesting, as they've done the same thing repeatedly. Giving Kofi the leadership role would allow the group to have a defined hierarchy, which they desperately need, and make the jump from tag team to full fledged stable.
There's no doubt that a nearly dead tag team division isn't the best place for the New Day at the moment, and they should move on to singles competition. With Xavier Woods lacking the experience as a singles star, he'd likely slot into the United States title picture, with Big E and Kofi competing for either the Intercontinental or World Heavyweight Championships. The main reason I'd slot Kofi ahead of Big E is that his skills on the mic and in the ring surpass Big E's, and E has more time ahead of him. Regardless, both men deserve an opportunity, but Kofi is ready to make the jump.
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