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