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not what I thought my first blog would be about.. (or the unexpected [re]push)

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The Royal Rumble.

Going in I had so many fantasies about what the outcome would be; who would shine, rumble ‘Legend’ returns and if there would be any surprise returns to the main roster. I thought the latter may be even more promising in light of Randy Orton's early return for Smackdown and for some reason I just kept getting Batista's music stuck in my head in the build up. I'm not sure why, I never liked him (with the exception of the incredible match he had against Undertaker that year at Wrestlemania). I try not to read spoilers where possible, especially regarding PPV info so my imagination occasionally runs wild, but in real terms I was really looking forward to seeing the rising stars have some exciting stand out Rumble moments.

The potential for some real propulsion for new characters was unending and although I felt the Rumble was fun, it just didn't create many moments for its current top (or rising to the top) roster stars, (I’m intentionally ignoring the fantastic end segment with Sheamus and and Jericho). It felt a little like the WWE wanted us to recognise The Miz and Cody Rhodes as major threats just by being there. This is not to say that either superstar came across badly, in fact Cody looked very strong, but just didn’t have a major maniacal Cody Rhodes moment that I can recall. However, for me personally I feel the experience of the rumble was altered this year, and this is where I start to get to the surprise in the blog. This year I watched the rumble with both of my brothers, who at various points over our lives have fallen in and out of wrestling. The tradition that stands in our family is that we try to get together to watch Wrestlemania and even though we all got together last year, about a third of the way into the match one bro remarked, ‘I don’t know who anyone is!’. In truth he was familiar with The Miz, recognized Dolph Ziggler (mainly understanding his position from the WWE Championship match earlier) and had forgotten Cody Rhodes - it proved to me what a big year its been for Rhodes. However what happened next surprised me. The same brother later remarked, ‘Is Kofi Kingston still in it?’, the very next entry was Kofi Kingston and both my brothers completely marked out, and I think its safe to say the crowd did as well.

Kofi Kingston.

It was Kingston. Kofi Kingston, who entered the Rumble with just about the only pyro display on the roster (other than the newly added Funkasaurus, or returned Y2J), stepping up in new ring attire who brought some serious energy and much needed zest to the ring. I realised that I had been underestimating his position within the company for some time. He has provided a lot of the major spots in the Money in the Bank matches (possibly a reason he’s always in them) and he’s one of the only roster members who’s had respectable multiple time Intercontinental Championship reigns and hasn’t risen to World title status. He was put in place to birth a new tag team division, its such a shame that has been de-railed, even if only temporarily. Its also interesting that in a Rumble match that lacked flare he provided a spot of inspiration, a spot so simple its surprising it hasn’t been done before, but a spot executed so perfectly that every fan from front row enthusiasts to families in the top tier applauded heartily. Its promising that the very next night Kingston was booked to win over The Miz, in a clean victory no less AND that he will feature in the title match at Elimination Chamber. I truly hope this is another opportunity for Kingston to break through - I suspect this is time kill until/if Evan Bourne returns – but I have surprised myself in becoming interested in the guy. I’ve always sort of ignored him, but I’m realising now he’s one of the more senior roster members and he has some notoriety in public conscience.

Possible break out moment for Kofi Kingston? I hope so, or maybe I’m just excited by the fact he’s dressing up like The Riddler.

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Comments

  1. Mikkaelson's Avatar
    A nice reflective blog. Your thoughts on Cody Rhodes are bang on. He eliminated 5 people yet I can't remember a single one. The only thing I would disagree with is your comments about Kofi Kingston. I think we need to accept that he's just not that good
  2. LincolnHawk's Avatar
    I was quite surprised by Kofi being put in this match if I'm honest and I think it's down to the fact there simply isn't enough main event guys on Raw at the minute. If Cena and Kane weren't feuding, either of them would be in the match before Kingston. If Del Rio wasn't injured, it would be him in the match. I'd have put Jack Swagger in the match before I put Kingston in it, even as US Champion. I'm quite surprised that David Otunga wasn't chosen ahead of Kingston to go in the match, especially as he's Laurinaitis' right hand man. It'd make sense for him to be 'favoured' in the storyline. If John Morrison was still with the company, I feel that he'd be in there ahead of Kingston too. I really do think it's just a case of management having a lack of options. Kingston will never be a main event guy. There isn't really that much about him. Yes, he's enjoying to watch in the ring but he has no character about him to be a believable main-event star.
  3. Mikkaelson's Avatar
    David Otunga has been superb recently. He's really found his feet and carving a good singles career for himself. Add to this, his matches have been very good. And that's obviously quite important *David Otunga fan*
  4. LincolnHawk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mikkaelson
    David Otunga has been superb recently. He's really found his feet and carving a good singles career for himself. Add to this, his matches have been very good. And that's obviously quite important *David Otunga fan*
    I agree with you. I really hope he makes it in WWE. I think he has what it takes to be a main event guy. He's a brilliant heel and he has a decent gimmick going on. Otunga's a guy I could see having a run with a World title.
  5. jonod's Avatar
    Many thanks for the feedback guys, I'm not personally into Otunga's work in the ring - but the WWE seem pretty into the guy and I have to admit he's carved out a pretty believable and unique gimmick recently. I have some thoughts about him that I'm forming for a further blog and tying it into a theory I have about 'heels' generally. But I agree he has a really good way, a genuine way, of getting under peoples skin. I'm gonna watch his in ring work a bit more closely over the coming weeks and get back to you though!

    I would have been really annoyed if Otunga had have made the Chamber match though, it just would have felt funny - a bit like The Great Khali suddenly being eligible. As soon as I heard I had a horrid feeling were going to get Sheamus v Khali at Wrestlemania..

    I just think Kofi has some class, I wouldn't have given him a second thought a week ago either, something just clicked and I suddenly started to think about all his achievements. I'm really behind him now.

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