Been watching a few WWE DVD's recently on Netflix, and what struck me about these guys was that they all had a couple of things in common with one another. They all developed their characters multiple times in their careers, and they all had an unquenchable thirst to be the man in pro-wrestling.
Kofi Kingston to me is lacking both those attributes.
I like Kofi as a performer, and I think he could potentially handle himself well enough on the mic for that side of things not to be an impediment to his potential, so what gives? He's athletic, mobile, can work many match styles IMO and has a moveset the fans at least enjoy.
Yet; He's been stagnant for so, so long. You know preciesly what you're gonna get from him, whether it be as a mid-card success-story with a belt, whether it be as a sacrificial jobber to somebody getting a push, or whether it be in tag-team competition.
Even so, I'm sure the majority of us will remember the impetus he had in his cool feud with Orton, and his Boom Drop in MSG. He proved, in theory and in practice...he has the ability to go to the next level.
Yet...there's been nothing but faffing since then IMO. Is it that he's happy with his role in the company, happy beneath this glass ceiling, a potentially self imposed glass ceiling? Has he, for example, ever battered down the boss' door and suggested turning himself heel, insisting he's called, 'Kingston' from now on and at least trying that?
Right now, I think he's destined to continue to drift to the end of his contract and then disappear without trace or fanfare. For me; that's a waste of a talent. Is he to blame? Are the bookers? Is he in fact maximising the talent he has?