I think there`s a plenty of others in the roster who are dead weight , all hats to you op to trying to get sympathy by saying that you have watched wrestling from 1987, well crying out loud so has many other people on these forums. But this is year 2012, business has changed, talents have changed, and the quality of entertainment isnt going to change without kofi. Kofi adds to roster and is a good solid worker as well.
"To be the man, you gotta beat the man "
"All the women want to be with me, all the men want to be like me."
"My problem is that I think everybody needs to work as hard as I worked when I was in my prime."
Ric Flair has won a total of 30 different major championships between the NWA, WCW, and WWE, with numerous regional titles also to his credit.
OP, one of the main points people are using, you're blowing over like it doesn't mean anything when it does.
That being: There are many worse wrestlers on the roster (some far worse) for you to be focusing your aggression so much on Kofi Kingston of all people.
Speaking of focusing your aggression in the wrong place, that's your main problem, but because you're blaming the wrestlers rather than the shit ass creative team and WWE higher ups, but I'll get to that later.
What I'm getting at is this: Kofi Kingston, at absolute worst, is not in the bottom 20% of the roster. I do not think you can logicaly argue that he is. Kofi is also not in the bottom 33%, you have to be a huge hater and pick out the tiniest flaws (which not explaining why that many guys are better) to put him in that category. I'd also argue that he's easily in the top 50%. Perhaps that isn't saying much, but at least he doesn't come out and seem like a fuckin cardboard cutout like most of the stiffs out there.
I would argue he's in the top 33-40% right now, but I would understand if you disagreed. I think it's safe to say we can agree he's at worst in the upper 50%.
Which means half the roster is worse. And I'm including the total package. . .look, charisma, athleticism, strength, getting the crowd to care, being exciting, ring work (you can seperate it into offense and defense if you want for two categories), mic skills, etc. There are definitely plenty of guys who do more moves, but most of them are generic stiffs with a generic moveset, generic look, generic voice, and generic personality. . .not to mention a generic gimmick.
So yes, when you attack Kofi, people get defensive. Why? Not because we love Kofi, but because you want to "make an example of" a guy who isn't anywhere near the bottom of the pile. That is specifically why people have gotten defensive about your Kofi comments, so yes, it's quite relevant and on point to say it.
Anyway, like I touched on earlier, your aggression is focused in the wrong place. Kofi has potential. If used properly, he could be big. He isn't the best in the ring, he doesn't get mic time (he talks just fine btw, I disagree about your opinion there).
You expect Kofi to "work hard and do tons of shit". . .when exactly? How exactly? Do more spots? How'd that work out for John Morrison? He got jobbed out, hated on by IWC, labeled a "spot monkey", then got fired. Fired solely because he had the audasity to complain about his gf not getting her match and because he didn't hug the chick that replaced her. That's how garbage stuff works there. WWE will sooner throw someone away who's valuble and useable just to spite someone than to work with them. But it's the wrestler's fault. . .right?
Again, how'd that work out for Morrison? Busted his ass to put on exciting matches. . .got fired anyway after a multi-month long burial which included several squash matches.
Blame whoever's in charge of that stuff for underutilizing talent. If you own a company and tell your workers to do their job at a certain speed, and to go to certain areas at certain times of the day, you can't blame the workers for not doing more than they're told to do without being asked to do it. Especially when there's been an established history of going unnoticed and being underused despite it.
Your blame is in the wrong place OP. Also, firing Kofi does not improve the product in any way.
About time someone realize this. He's crap. Sloppy. Not really all that stellar now that I look back on the majority of his work. Never said his jumps weren't a sign of being a good athlete. They are. Doesn't mean he's strong in the real wrestling departmen. He's been irrelevant for about 2 years now yet the WWE randomly slaps a title on him when they have nothing to do with whatever championship it happens to be.
Only time he could have EVER been remotely close to being considered a "main eventer" or someone who isn't totally useless was during the feud with Orton. We all know how that panned out. This guy is a useless midcarder for life now.
A practical application of an abstract ideal.
I'll be your Opthaumaturge. I'll be your savor of dreams.
I agree with Walk-In. Bear in mind here people, he's not badmouthing or slating Kofi Kingston himself, but rather using him as just a representative of what is turgid, stale and stagnant about the WWE midcard today. Everyday you hear someone say 'push the mid-card, make them more interesting!'. Well, we all know that the writing team are slightly incompetent in their jobs, but at the same time they're not really given much help when the midcard displays about as much charisma as a can of fog. They might be great athletes, good wrestlers, so what, doesn't mean shit in this day and age.
Another argument of course is that these guys don't want to risk getting fired, which is perfectly fine. However, this brings me to the point that with a little tweaking in their backstage behaviour, maybe they can kind of display a 'persona' they would like to display on camera, to the guys backstage. Basically, give the guys themselves more input, but they'll only give more input if the guys on the roster are willing to fight for the right to do so. You want the roster to stay bland? Well, it's going to stay this way if these problems don't get sorted out. Or until Vince dies. Hmph.