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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

So I don't think anybody could really argue that Russev & Nakamura at a time had a lot of fan support behind them, but they just failed to go all the way like Kofi Kingston.... is there a particular reason you think this happened was it because of kofi's back story ,was it timing or what?
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Kofi's match at elimination chamber managed to captivate the audience and he got red hot at the right time.

Rusev and Nakamura were indeed hot but the timing did not pan out for them
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Kofi was simply lucky and in the right spot at the right time. An injury allowed him to get in the match, and as averagejoe said he had a really good match and got hot because of it. It has nothing to do with what he has compared to someone else. When you sense that someone is hot you have to pull the trigger and capitalize on it.

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

Kofi got hot at the right time because of injury to Mustafa and right before Mania with no obvious opponent for Bryan in sight.

But more than timing, Kofi had those 11 years of being in front of the fans faces, becoming a lovable figure. And once fans saw an opening for him at the main event level, they got behind him and stayed behind him.

Nakamura, while talented, doesn't have the amount of time Kofi has put in and while booking did let him down, he didn't put his best performances out there, unlike Kofi has recently. And Rusev, he could have been in Kofi's spot, though I believe Kofi is better suited for the role. But the timing was never right.

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Nakamura can't speak English very well and Kofi can talk fine he's just not a very good compelling promo guy.

They could rebuild Nakamura up if they wanted it's a shame because he was white hot as a Babyface and his Heel run ran it's course prematurely.
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

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Kofi was simply lucky and in the right spot at the right time. An injury allowed him to get in the match, and as averagejoe said he had a really good match and got hot because of it. It has nothing to do with what he has compared to someone else. When you sense that someone is hot you have to pull the trigger and capitalize on it.
His timing was good and he's a guy that's been with the company long enough that they were willing to give a chance. It was impossible to root against him that night. I thought WWE was wrong in not just doing the title change that night. I was wrong and they built the moment up and made it better.
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Indeed, Nakamura doesn't speak english but Kofi has been protected every time is doing a promo segment.
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Timing man, its extremely important in a lot of things.

Kofi wasn't even supposed to be there. Unfortunately Mustafa got injured so in goes Kofi who put in two incredible performers in the gauntlet match then in the elimination chamber.

Look at Stone Cold. Triple H was supposed to be in and win King of the Ring. H got punished cause of the curtain call. Out goes Triple H in goes Stone Cold and cut that "Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ass." Took off like a rocket right there
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

Kofi was vastly more over. That's it. Rusev and Nakamura were over but they were never the most over person in the company at the moment, whereas somehow Kofi got more over than Becky.

Until he won at least. Now the novelty's worn off, thankfully, it seems like. 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.
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Re: What did Kofi possess that Rusev or Nakamura did not?

For me Nakamura was ruined in his very first match with Ziggler, what a terrible match.
Rusev was ruined after his dog-shit match with Orton on Smackdown, even the mid-card looks too high for him now.

But Kofi in nine years has never been less than good, often great and occasionally exceptional, and to coin a phrase 'he deserved it.'

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