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post #51 of 66 (permalink) Old 05-18-2019, 11:03 AM
 
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

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Apparently it didn't hurt his relationship with the crowd.


Anyway, I find it hard to believe that a company who pushed the Great Khali, the worst ringworker of all time, cares about what goes on in a ring. So that point, on principle, is moot, no matter how lazy you think Nak is.
To be fair, that was a different time where even someone like Rollins (Tyler Black) was being called a flippy vanilla midget with no personality lol

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To be fair, that was a different time where even someone like Rollins (Tyler Black) was being called a flippy vanilla midget with no personality lol
It may have been a different time, but Vince McMahon is still running things.
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KOFI: well respected veteran in and outside of the ring. Was depushed almost a decade ago and when he got the unexpected opportunity early in the year, the fans remembered and supported him.

WWE also gets a chance in this PC/PG era to right some of the wrongs of their past with how they presented and booked black wrestlers and they are seizing it. Kofi will more than likely hold the belt until Summerslam so they are not accused of crapping over a black performer again.


Granted, when. becoming champ, he should have slowly distanced himself from New Day, but what I mentioned above is why he was chosen.

NAKAMURA: overrated!!!... but also a victim of bad booking. Pushed into a feud with the horrible Jinder Mahal where he racked up multiple losses after going over both Cena and Orton clean on TV. After the Rumble win, he did not do good in his feud with AJ and was not even on anyone's radar as US Champ.

RUSEV: ball was dropped on him a couple of times. He should have been pushed to the World Title when his undefeated streak was in tact and could have stayed strong, but they did not do that. He also should have been chosen at the time Jinder was champion, but that did not happen. But, he will more than likely not get a push to the top because either he or Lana always do or say something stupid that gets them backstage heat.

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

He's black.

Don't forget that his role was originally Mustafa Ali's. WWE wanted to do this political stunt about diversity BS so they wanted to push Ali but he got injured and they picked Coffee for the role.
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He's black.Don't forget that his role was originally Mustafa Ali's. WWE wanted to do this political stunt about diversity BS so they wanted to push Ali but he got injured and they picked Coffee for the role.
Only thing is Ali was going to lose to Bryan at Fastlane and go back down the card probably to continue his feud with Samoa Joe for the US Title. Original plans were for KO to return and challenge the Bryan at Maina.
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

I feel like this have everything to do with arises and Nakamura’s broken English. That can easily be fixed with a mouth piece, so my only other assumption is that neither Rusev or Nakamura could get over with the crowd the way Vince wanted them to.


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

Kofi sells merch, has been over for years, got super over when there was no WWE title feud. So yeah clearly him being black was the only reason to give him the push.
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

the right pigmentation at the right time.
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Nakamura had one great match, which was his selling point, and that was way back on NXT. Seems like he's just here for a pay check.

Rusev, I do think they could have done a lot more with, but once you are in that comedy jobber deal its hard to shake it.
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