In his win over Bobby Lashley on Monday Night Raw (5/17), Kofi Kingston ignited a flurry of fan activity as many pointed to his two wins as the start of KofiMania 2.
In large part, it was his defeat of Randy Orton earlier in the night that set the stage. Sure, he won because Orton was distracted and Kofi rolled him up for the win.
But a win is a win, right?
Then for the show’s main event he responded to WWE Champion Bobby Lashley’s open challenge after half the roster talked about taking Lashley up on his offer.
And while Lashley dominated, we got to see Kofi’s heart on display in a way that was reminiscent of his Elimination Chamber run where he lasted thirty minutes against then WWE Champion Daniel Bryan before eventually defeating Bryan and moving on.
While Kofi didn’t finish the night as a victor (Orton defeated him to win the event), he was the talk of the town as his effort was an awesome sight to behold.
Not quite the same
Of course, what’s missed in this is Kofi needed Drew McIntyre to hit Lashley with MVP’s cane so Kofi could score his second roll up win of the night and jump into number one contender’s talk.
While McIntyre’s action saved Kofi from being nailed by MVP with said cane, it felt more like McIntyre was being forced on us rather than let Kofi continue the fight and find a way to win or close out strong.
One of the reasons for the ending could be time constraints, but since the WWE spent an entire segment on Lashley’s entrance (a current habit of theirs for any big match), it feels like a weak excuse.
But Kofi still won and got fans talking about a possible second run as WWE Champion, possibly as soon as the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view in a few weeks.
We love Kofi and think he and Lashley will give us some awesome matches, but having McIntyre come in and help out of spite stole a lot of Kofi thunder for us.
Going forward, we have a feeling McIntyre will continue inserting himself into the picture and continue to take away from Kofi’s matches.
Hopefully we’re wrong and we’ll see a great feud between Kofi and Lashley over the next few weeks.
We’re going to start preparing for KofiMania 2 and hope this isn’t just a flash to give McIntyre another rematch for the WWE Championship.
Are you looking forward to another KofiMania? Let us know in the comments below.
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