This is always a fun time in the WWE, the Royal Rumble is behind us and we are officially on the Road to WrestleMania.
Many superstars put on impressive performances this month. With the likes of Andrade, Daniel Bryan, Finn Balor and others having a very successful month. We also had the main roster (maybe) debuts of Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Aleister Black and Ricochet, who all had fantastic showings.
Each month I will put together a write-up of the wrestler of the month. This will be based off of their current storyline, the hype surrounding them, and their weekly matchups.
So with all this being said, who was my February Pro Wrestler of the Month?
Not to take away from any of the superstars I mentioned, but I don’t think this is even a competition. My wrestler of the month is 1/3 of The New Day, Kofi Kingston. Being a 10+ year veteran of the WWE, Kofi has never really gotten the shine he deserves. He has won plenty of mid-card titles including the Intercontinental title, the United States title, and several Tag Team titles. However, he has never won the World Championship.
At the beginning of February, it did not look like that was going to change, then Mustafa Ali was pulled from the Elimination Chamber match. His replacement would of course ended up being a member of The New Day, and they chose Kofi Kingston. During the February 15 edition of SmackDown, in the main event there was a gauntlet match with all six competitors participating in the Elimination Chamber match. Last year, Seth lasted almost an hour in that match on Raw and he has been on fire ever since. The same thing happened here, over the course of an hour, Kofi Kingston went from being a member of The New Day, to a main eventer.
Kingston went over an hour, and that was when KofiMania really began. Then a week later, we had the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship, Kofi vs Bryan vs AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe vs Randy Orton vs Jeff Hardy. As if Kofi’s performance in that gauntlet match wasn’t impressive enough, he outdid himself in this match. Him and Bryan went to the final two of the match and the crowd was so hot for Kofi it was crazy.
A couple times we all thought Kofi won the title, it was an extremely thrilling match from bell-to-bell. Ultimately Bryan did retain, but it was clear that this was not over. Even though he lost his title match at Fastlane to the returning Kevin Owens, I think WWE would be crazy to not make Bryan vs Kofi at WrestleMania 35 for the WWE Championship. To see the rise of Kofi Kingston over this past month and for him to get the crowd behind him so much, being highlighted this month was a no-brainer!
As I mentioned earlier many people have had amazing showings over the past month, but nobody has generated the buzz that Kofi has. It’s funny because Kofi is kind of in the Daniel Bryan position (pre-WrestleMania 30). I hope he wins that title at WrestleMania, and I can’t wait to see who makes a statement in the month of March.
Make sure to check back at the beginning of each month for my Pro Wrestler of the Month column.