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Kofi Kingston soars to new heights on Raw

Kofi Kingston had a very good night on Monday’s episode of Raw.

The high-flyer took a giant leap up the totem pole by first defeating Chris Jericho, and then working an angle with WWE’s top heel, Randy Orton. In the latter, Kingston demonstrated that he has the ability to speak well and project intensity. I see now why WWE had him drop the Jamaican accent.

Judging by Monday’s show, which saw Kingston destroy a new NASCAR car with Orton’s likeness on it that had been given to Orton by Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes, it appears as if Kingston will be wrestling Orton at the Survivor Series pay-per-view in Washington next month.

WWE desperately needs to get new faces in the mix at the top of the card, and Kingston is a great choice. He is easily is the most popular and charismatic of the mid-carders. If Kingston ends up becoming a bona fide main-eventer, this show will be remembered as a turning point in his career.

Other thoughts on Monday’s show:

It’s a shame that on the night Kingston made a name for himself, one of the Raw guest hosts couldn’t even get Kingston’s name right. NASCAR’s Kyle Busch referred to Kingston as “Kofi Johnston, uh, Kingston.” Ugh. Right before his flub, Busch actually said he was “a huge WWE fan.” Maybe all that driving around in circles made him so dizzy that he couldn’t remember his lines.

As far as guest hosts go, Busch and his pal Joey Lawrence, uh, Logano (I didn’t know 12-year-olds were allowed to have a driver’s license much less compete in NASCAR) were about as entertaining as a “Best of Vladimir Kozlov” DVD. These goobers were so devoid of charisma that they make Lance Storm look like The Rock by comparison.

I think Busch was supposed to be a heel and Joey a babyface, but it was hard to tell since they were so wooden. I almost did a spit-take when Busch said “I’m a man’s man” in his nerdy, monotone voice. He and Joey are the exact type of guys that the late, great Fred Blassie would refer to as pencil-neck geeks.

The next time WWE wants to use an auto racing driver as guest host, I vote for Danica Patrick. ...

The Big Show revealed that the reason he double-crossed Team Raw at the Bragging Rights pay-per-view Sunday was because he cut a deal with Smackdown general manager Teddy Long in which he would get a world heavyweight title shot with The Undertaker if Team Smackdown won. So now we have an Undertaker-Big Show match at next month’s Survivor Series pay-per-view. I have a couple problems with this. First, doesn’t it defeat the purpose of separate brands to have a Raw wrestler challenging for a title that’s exclusive to Smackdown? The explanation that Big Show and Jericho can wrestle anyone they want because they are allowed to appear on all three shows by virtue of being unified tag team champions just doesn’t wash. The original idea was that the tag champs would defend the title against teams from all three shows, not that they as individuals could appear on any show whenever they feel like it. The other issue is that Undertaker-Big Show is yet another recycled match-up. They wrestled each other on three consecutive pay-per-views last year. In all fairness to WWE, however, with CM Punk out of the title picture for now and Batista likely facing Rey Mysterio at Survivor Series, its options for challengers were limited. ...

The WWE title match at Survivor Series will be a triple threat between champion John Cena, Triple H and Shawn Michaels. While there are no fresh faces in the match, it is compelling – to me at least – because the two members of DX will be opponents. This could be the start of a program that culminates in a Triple H vs. Michaels match at WrestleMania. ...

If two NASCAR guys having the power to choose the opponents for a WWE title match at one of WWE’s biggest pay-per-views wasn’t bad enough, WWE had to get Hornswoggle involved in the decision-making process. Note to creative team: Keep all leprechauns away from anything pertaining to a pay-per-view main event. ...

Kingston showed a lot of fire in his match against Jericho. It’s too bad that Jericho has done so many jobs of late, because it somewhat diminished what was supposed to be a big win for Kingston. At this point, it almost makes a guy on Kingston’s level look bad if he doesn’t beat Jericho. ...

I’m surprised that Sheamus was promoted to Raw. If WWE wanted to move a heel from ECW to Raw, Paul Burchill would have been a better choice. So much for that Sheamus-Shelton Benjamin feud. ...

The fans had zero interest in Sheamus’ match against Jamie Noble. It was funny to hear the announcers say that Sheamus had been “running roughshod” over the competition on ECW. Really? Didn’t he lose a few times to Goldust? ...

MVP and Mark Henry defeating DiBiase and Rhodes was a surprise. The fact that it was unexpected goes to show that DiBiase and Rhodes have gotten over. ...

It was nice to see Evan Bourne win a match (over The Miz), even if it was a fluke count-out decision. Bourne got big pop for doing his Shooting Star Press on The Big Show during the lumberjack match between Big Show and Triple H. ...

I’m not sure if Melina botched her Last Call finisher during the tag match pitting her and Santino Marella against Chavo Guerrero and Jillian Hall, or if Hall just didn’t take it correctly. Either way, it looked bad. ...

That Cobra-thing that Marella does with his hand is pretty funny. ...

I think it’s hilarious that The Bellas’ sole function is to be arm pieces for the guest hosts. ...

I can’t wait for next week’s show with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne as guest hosts. There has to be some interaction between Ozzy and Fozzy frontman Jericho.

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