5 times Vince McMahon was forced to make a superstar World Champion

Rohit Nath

#4. Kofi Kingston - WrestleMania 35

Kofi Kingston's hellacious road to the top paid off in a big way
Kofi Kingston's hellacious road to the top paid off in a big way

Sometimes when a superstar is so good and the moment is perfect, it's impossible to deny them. That was exactly what happened during February 2019, when the stars aligned for Kofi Kingston.

Kingston's story was that of a hard working, loyal employee who served the company well. He found championship success but was clearly viewed as a superstar "not good enough" to be at the top of the card.

By chance, Kofi Kingston replaced an injured (Mustafa) Ali for the Elimination Chamber match and two back-to-back stunning performances saw him win the hearts of the WWE Universe.

On-screen, McMahon played the foil to Kingston, with Daniel Bryan even referring to him as a "B+ Player". The original plans, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, was to have Bryan face a returning Kevin Owens at WrestleMania.

Instead, Kingston's rise in popularity and heartfelt story forced McMahon to swap plans and give Kingston his well-deserved WrestleMania moment.

The event was a landmark one for both WWE and Kofi as fans rallied behind the Ghanian superstar and even went on to dub the pay-per-view 'Kofi Mania'.

Kofi has been associated with the WWE for over a decade and has languished in the mid-card status for far too long. He needed to shatter the glass ceiling and he did it in style, winning the WWE championship.

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Edited by Nishant Jayaram
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