On the May 14th edition of SmackDown, Kofi Kingston became the new Intercontinental Champion, or did he?
Last week, Kofi and Christian advanced to the final round after picking up victories over their semi-finals opponents: Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes (respectively). Therefore, Kofi and Christian were set to face each other this week for the vacant I-C title.
The title became vacant as a result of Drew McIntyre mercilessly beating down Matt Hardy, with intent to end his career. Teddy Long first suspended Drew, stripped him of the title, and then fired him.
Kofi and Christian put on an amazing match. Both showing similar styles of agility and the werewithall to put everything on the line for a title that they have already worn.
Christian is a 3x Intercontinental Champion; while Kofi got his first run at Night of Champions 2008, on his first official night as part of the RAW roster, by pinning the title-holder Chris Jericho. So why have these two compete for the I-C title, especially Christian?
Christian, sadly, is no longer the same competitor that he was years ago. He has slowly been set in the veterans’ stockpile of the WWE. However, for a veteran who has never worn a world title, makes it a little hard pressed to ever win it. Especially since WWE is looking towards its younger stars (as hard as it may be to believe) to become the stars of tomorrow. Unless you’re Jerry Lynn in Ring of Honor, a world title reign for Christian seems almost impossible.
As for Kingston, he’s in his prime, but not yet ready to hold his own in the main event scene. In the meantime, WWE creative is still contemplating of what exactly to do with Kofi’s gimmick seeing as he dropped the Jamican accent.
The vacant title match was more of a symbolic passing of the torch, as Christian lost to Kofi in one of the most hard fought and high paced matches in a long time. Kofi was considered the new Intercontinental champion, until Teddy Long forced him to return the belt back to Drew McIntyre.
The scene was almost sereal, how could Teddy Long have the audacity to strip Kofi of his hard fought title win, over a man that was presumable fired. Kofi had to endure two grueling matches in the span of two weeks to earn the right to be named champion.
According to the letter Drew presented to Long after the match, Vince McMahon reversed Long’s decisions of stripping the title and firing him. Teddy Long should have simply granted Drew a match for Kofi’s title later on in the show. But simply put, Kofi is an uncrowned champion.
Repulsive act or genius move on the part of WWE Creative? Word had it that Drew’s being fired was an angle to write him off storylines so that he could enjoy his honeymoon with wife Taryn Terrell (Tiffany). But other than missing a few house shows, something else seemed to be at stake here, maybe a great way to start a feud? It’s no secret that Kofi Kingston has had the worst feuds because they were sporadic with no depth in storyline. But with Kofi being stripped of a title unfairly because Drew can seemingly do whatever he wants, creates enough back story to make their I-C match encounter at Over the Limit mean something.