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post #21 of 66 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 04:55 AM
 
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

No one wants to say it, but I think deep down we all know why he won the WWE title at Wrestlemania (Progressivemania) 35..
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tenure seniority and nakamura is already a made uy as a pro wrestler..
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Kofi was more over, always has been even since they first thought of pushing him back in 2009, the man always had a way of firing up a crowd.

Nakamura was dead the moment he hit main roster, the crowd have slowly lost interest in him since then. Is he even still on TV?

As for Rusev, the whole Rusev Day gimmick was 80% Aiden English... No one cared about Rusev and it shows now since when they split them. Rusev has been exposed without English to be his hype guy.

Kofi has consistently been over throughout his career. The man is just so likable. Every time he came out he got a good reaction, mostly from casuals back then, and now he has the hardcore audience too, so Kofi pretty much nailed both demographics, Rusev and Nakamura really only appeal to small groups of hardcore fans. I dont even think most hardcore fans care about them anymore lol. Kofi pretty much nailed demographics that Cena and Reigns couldn't lol. Shame he cannot boost ratings but you cannot win them all.
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Timing. When an entire roster has been jobbed out before your turn comes, there aren't many options left for a title change
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Well personally I've complained A LOT about how WWE has underused Rusev. They guy has all the tools to be a legit main eventer if they'd just give him the chance.

That being said, Kofi was a case of "catching fire at the right time."

-He's been a popular babyface in WWE for a long time, but people had given up hope that he'd ever be put in this position. So when he finally looked like he might, people jumped onboard.

-He caught fire not that long before Mania, and there was no other set WWE title match/feud at the time. And he did so close enough to the show that WWE couldn't overbook it to death like they love to do.

-He got an unexpected opportunity with Mustafa Ali getting injured, and made the most of it by putting on great performances in the gauntlet match and EC.

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

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

Kofi is way more likeable than Nakamura and Rusev for a start.

Plus he's been with the Company for a LONG ASS time. With a guy like that who has busted his ass for so long, it's not hard to get why the crowd got behind him. WWE finally threw him a bone, and the crowd ate it up. Definitely a lot of luck involved, but I think the support was always there for him. Crowds love a good underdog story like Bryan.

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