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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Nakamura easily could have been WWE Champion. He got massive pops during his face push and during his feud with AJ he split the crowd down the middle often as well

But Kofi was also, at his peak, way more over than either of them at their peaks.


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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

I think Kofi's long tenure is part of what got him into the position he is in. I don't think Nakamura was on anywhere near the same level of popularity as the other two, but I feel that both he doesn't care that much, and that Vince probably isn't all that high on him to begin with? Kofi is their guy, Nakamura is not. The Rusev thing is truly baffling, they gave him that one US title win, but they just weren't going with that at all. Ridiculous. I do think that timing is definitely key too, yes. It was Wrestlemania season, and he was going against a big bad heel, and there was nobody else around to take the spotlight from him.
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In my opinion, I don't think that you can discount the number of WWE fans that have been waiting to get behind Kingston for a moment such as this where he's competing for the WWE title. It was a long time coming and a well deserved moment for him. On the other hand, it has nothing to do with luck. Sometimes things occur in life for a reason because it was meant to happen in the way that it did happen. However, the person still must seize the opportunity that's in front of him or her. And Kingston did that. Perhaps, he has a story worth reading about because many people can see themselves in his situation at their jobs. That is to say, people are working very hard for several years to climb the ladder but seldom reach the pinnacle. So, they can sympathize with him. Therefore, Kingston is an easier person to relate to because you can respect him for the grind that he's on.

Why hasn't it happened for wrestlers, such as Rusev or Nakamura? I don't know. I mean, you can ask this same question about Joe.

In my opinion, I compare Rusev to Strowman. That is to say, they both were hot when they were initially pushed as a monster heel. But then, they'd cooled off. Unfortunately, that could've more to do with the booking committee and the lack of faith they or Mr. McMahon have in this wrestler. Ditto for Nakamura. Or, there was backstage heat on one or both of them at some point which contributed to their regression from their initial push.
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Good booking, even though I never saw Rusev as a main event player. Nakamura could have been much bigger in the WWE had he beat AJ for the title ether at WM or after his heel turn.

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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Longevity, timing, and the ability to speak perfect English.
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...Not that I expect them to correct course, mind you. They've already committed, and once Vince commits to something bad, he'll keep going.
I don't see Kofi being champion beyond the summer. I think there's a good chance Owens beats him for the gold and then drops it to Roman, or Roman wins it from Kofi at some point. Either way, that's where the title is headed.
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

The guy's been there for so long and been a consistent performer, I think this is more a thank you reign for him than anything else.

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Vince probably got sick of being called racist for not having a black WWE champion.
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