Kofi Kingston wins U.S. Championship on WWE Raw

April 16, 2013|By Arda Ocal

Yes, you read that headline correctly.

Kofi Kingston, a WWE Superstar who was hard-pressed to find a win on television in 2013, defeated a man in Antonio Cesaro who, weeks earlier, was taking on several challengers, showing impressive feats of strength.

Then, Cesaro seemed to fall off the face of the earth around WrestleMania time. He didn't appear at WrestleMania. He didn't appear on Raw the next night. Then, he starts yodeling and loses the U.S. title.

Is Antonio Cesaro in the dog house? Is this a test? Are there other plans in store?

We can't truly know because we aren't in that backstage environment. All I know is that what I saw on Raw was not the Antonio Cesaro I am used to or want to see. I liked him as a proud U.S. champion who used his strength as his greatest attribute, giving the neutralizer to guys twice his size or more. Instead, we got a lot off yodeling on Raw and he lost to Kofi Kingston, who himself fell off the face of the earth.

How does it help the U.S. championship's reputation when a title change like this occurs? Will Cesaro and Kingston start a rivalry? Why should the WWE Universe care about it given what we have seen from both men lately? 

Regardless, I really hopee that Cesaro isn't on a decline in his WWE career. I could see him headlining WrestleMania one day.


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