With just two days remaining until the Night of Champions pay-per-view, this week’s winner is not even on the event card. Raw and SmackDown were highlighted by the WWE title picture involving Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. And as per usual, both wrestlers had a successful week. However, there was one wrestler who returned not long ago and has scored wins over someone who is a champion. This week’s winner is Kofi Kingston.
[adinserter name=”366 left”]Kingston returned to action from injury approximately one month ago. His return didn’t seem to make too much of a difference. He won occasionally, but was primarily used as a jobber like in the past. However, this week, Kingston scored two victories over Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel and one over Antonio Cesaro. The newest Paul Heyman Guy has been used as the scapegoat in Heyman’s feud with CM Punk. Since Brock Lesnar is not currently on WWE TV, Axel makes the most sense to feud with Punk.
Having Kingston defeat Axel was logical and opened the option of moving the title. He was mainly used to defeat Axel in order for Heyman to look scared about being stuck one-on-one with Punk on Sunday. Night of Champions is supposed to be the one night when all titles are defended. Due to Heyman and Axel’s feud with Punk, the Intercontinental title will not be on the line. This is likely because Punk will win. In any case, if Kingston were to defeat Axel for the title, it would allow WWE to have Kingston defend the Intercontinental Championship.
That situation doesn’t seem likely to happen at this point with only the Smackdown go-home show left before the pay-per-view. Also, it would certainly hurt Axel’s character to have him lose to Kingston. Antonio Cesaro is the last wrestler to lose a title to Kingston and his stock has dropped tremendously despite being in a semi-quality tag team with Jack Swagger.
WWE could still put the title on Kingston at some point, but there is no reason to. He is lucky to be in this situation where he was able to score two victories over Axel. That is the kind of wrestler Kingston is to the WWE. Perhaps if Evan Bourne returns at some point, he and Kingston can reunite and reform their Air Boom tag team.
The tag team division is booming right now. The Shield, Tons of Funk, Prime Time Players, Real Americans, The Usos and the upcoming Los Matadores. That is a lot of tag teams. Sure, The Shield is on a different level as the others, but it is still impressive. Add Air Boom and it is the best tag team division in many years.
Its unfortunate WWE doesn’t seem interested in turning Kingston heel anytime soon. He has always been a babyface so a heel turn could open possibilities for him. I understand why though. He is a high flyer who is popular among the younger audience. He is not a great talker and that seems to be easier when one is a babyface.
[adinserter name=”366 right”]Who do you think deserved WWE Wrestler of the Week? What does the future hold for Kofi Kingston? Will Curtis Axel continue to reign as Intercontinental Champion? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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