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post #31 of 66 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 04:59 AM
 
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Luck and a gauntlet win that people got somewhat into.
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Good timing that is all

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

A panicked Vince McMahon.
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Nakamura unfortunately, in the ring, never really sparked much of anything. He at a time was over because of hype, and with slightly better booking, he could've had a chance...but he just kept having dud after dud in the ring. Still think he should be a big time heel US champion though.

Rusev on the other hand...well... why the FUCK did they break up Rusev Day? Rusev day could have been tag teem champs until mania. Him and Aiden were over as hell. Rusev would never have the type of reaction Kofi's getting long term, but still.


Kofi's story was good timing, good placement, and the fans resonated with him. I wish he'd change it up a bit though.

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Nakamura unfortunately, in the ring, never really sparked much of anything. He at a time was over because of hype, and with slightly better booking, he could've had a chance...but he just kept having dud after dud in the ring. Still think he should be a big time heel US champion though.

Rusev on the other hand...well... why the FUCK did they break up Rusev Day? Rusev day could have been tag teem champs until mania. Him and Aiden were over as hell. Rusev would never have the type of reaction Kofi's getting long term, but still.


Kofi's story was good timing, good placement, and the fans resonated with him. I wish he'd change it up a bit though.

Since when did WWE ever care about ring performance when dropping the strap on someone?

Secondly, if I was booked like Nak, I'd be lazy too.
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Since when did WWE ever care about ring performance when dropping the strap on someone?

Secondly, if I was booked like Nak, I'd be lazy too.
The guy did win the rumble and got a WWE title match at wrestlemania...and then had a series of matches with AJ, in which many considered those matches to be underwhelming.

The guy got an opportunity to make an impression and I don't think he ever really did.

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The guy did win the rumble and got a WWE title match at wrestlemania...and then had a series of matches with AJ, in which many considered those matches to be underwhelming.

The guy got an opportunity to make an impression and I don't think he ever really did.
You do realize the wrestlers know who's going to win a match before they wrestle, right?
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

I think Vince never got over Rusev and Lana breaking kayfabe years ago, Vince is strange petty man
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Over Nakamura:
- speaks english.
- is a WWE product.
- more relatable storyline.
- his in-ring work has been more exciting than Mr. "I was good in Japan".

Over Rusev:
- is not married to someone who contastly sabotages his career.

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

I think timing, plus I think Vince really likes New Day and by extension, likes Kofi to some degree. So in Kofi's case he was fine with running with him.

Rusev on the other hand? It's been clear for over 3 years how Vince feels about him, and failing to capitalize on Rusev Day is a perfect example of that. He didn't want Rusev to succeed, and Rusev ended up failing.

As for Nakamura, there was only so much they were going to be able to do with him, but I'd guess Vince isn't a huge fan of him either at this point.

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