Next week, Kofi Kingston has an opportunity to go to WrestleMania and challenge Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship. In order to do that, however, he must defeat Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, The Bar, and Rowan in a gauntlet match.
Kingston has been on an incredible run since serving as Mustafa Ali’s replacement in the Elimination Chamber last month. With the WWE Universe behind him, the future Hall of Famer is one more match away from greatness and sealing his legacy as a Grand Slam Champion. This isn’t the first time Kofi has been near the top of the card, though.
Kingston had a lengthy feud with Randy Orton a decade ago, and between 2008 and 2009 it seemed that he was destined for the WWE Championship in the near future. We never got to see that, and Kingston was relegated to the mid-card for the majority of his career. However, one former writer for the WWE claims that he pitched Kofi’s upcoming gauntlet for a championship opportunity back in 2009.
Pitched the Kofi gauntlet at Titan Tower over a decade ago to deaf ears. This journey he’s on is real. Kofi tells a hell of a story in the ring and I hope you watch this chapter. https://t.co/vaepRiEqdn
— General Manager Prinze (@RealFPJr) March 13, 2019
On Twitter, actor and former member of the company’s creative staff, Freddie Prinze Jr. revealed that he pitched a similar scenario to the rest of the team a decade ago to “deaf ears.” Whether the timing wasn’t right or the company just didn’t see it working out for Kofi Kingston, they’ve changed their tune this time around.
With a win next week, Kingston will earn the opportunity of a lifetime and hopes to leave the Grandest Stage of Them All with the WWE Championship.