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WWE News: Former WWE writer claims he pitched Kofi Kingston angle 'over a decade ago'

14 Mar 2019, 06:10 IST

Kofi Kingston will have to overcome a gauntlet match on next week's SmackDown.
Kofi Kingston will have to overcome a gauntlet match on next week's SmackDown.

What's the story?

Kofi Kingston has skyrocketed to the top of the WWE over the last few months in his pursuit of a one on one match with Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship.

Although this is one of the first times Kingston has been thrust deeply into a main-event program, actor and former WWE writer Freddie Prinze, Jr. claims that he pitched part of Kingston angle 'over a decade ago'. SEScoops provided the news of Prinze, Jr.'s claims.

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In order to presumably garner more sympathy for a potential Kingston/Bryan match at WrestleMania 35, Vince McMahon has made Kingston jump through every absurd hoop put in front of him.

The latest challenge was laid out on Tuesday's SmackDown when the Chairman revealed that Kingston would have to win a gauntlet match filled with Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, the Bar and Erick Rowan in order to 'go to WrestleMania'.

The heart of the matter

Since Kingston's journey has captured the hearts of the WWE Universe, it's no surprise that former employees would chime in with their thoughts. Prinze, Jr., however, claimed that he pitched a similar angle for Kingston back when he was a part of WWE Creative.

Prinze, Jr. was a member of WWE Creative for two separate stints, with the first being from 2008-2009 and the second lasting from 2010-2012.

The report from SEScoops also notes that Kingston started on the ECW brand when called up in 2007 so Prinze, Jr.'s first run in WWE Creative is the tenure he is referring to about the angle pitch.

Mr. McMahon first replaced Kingston in the Fastlane WWE Championship match with Kevin Owens but then promised Kingston a 'triple threat match' during the PPV.


It turned out to be a 2-on-1 handicap match against the Bar. On SmackDown, Mr. McMahon spoke with Bryan backstage and McMahon later revealed that they both though Kingston was merely a 'B+ player.

The journey harkens back to Daniel Bryan's fight against the Authority that culminated with a WrestleMania 30 win for Bryan.

What's next?

For Kingston, he must jump through the latest hoop of the gauntlet match that McMahon booked for next week's SmackDown.

Although he promised Kingston a match at WrestleMania, he didn't specify what type of match it would be.

It will likely mean more trials and tribulations ahead until Kingston ultimately gets a match with Bryan at the Show of Shows. Whether or not his story ends the same way Daniel Bryan's ended a few years ago is debatable.

As for Prinze, Jr.'s claims, anything is possible. Not every idea can get through the Chairman's grasp as he is the final voice on everything happening or not happening.

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