Kofi Kingston has enjoyed a massive main event run here in 2019, becoming the WWE Champion while also getting revenge on Randy Orton for destroy his main event run a decade ago.
Kingston had spent the bulk of his WWE career in the mid-card division, but after all these years as a babyface with New Day, the creative team finally decided that it was time to give him a big push.
He defeated Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35 to become the new WWE Champion, and Kingston has emerged as the top babyface on the SmackDown Live roster. He's had numerous successful title defenses, and WWE creative seems determined to continue his push over the long run.
WWE legend and future Hall of Famer Batista took to Twitter and offered strong praise for Kingston, crediting him for being an extremely "positive" personality.
Unfortunately, we didn't get to see Batista and Kingston square off much during the former's three tenures in WWE. They had a one-on-one match on the March 15, 2010 episode of Monday Night Raw, which was won by Batista.
At Survivor Series 2008, Kingston was on "Team Batista", but they fell to Team Orton in a 5-on-5 tag team match. The two didn't cross paths during Batista's second WWE tenure in 2014. He returned this year for one more match against Triple H at WrestleMania 35, which was won by the latter.
Even though he's out of WWE now, Batista is kind enough to praise the superstars who have caught his eye as of late. Back in May, Batista called Dolph Ziggler one of his favorite superstars "to work with," while adding that the latter is "a totally misused talent." That may be the case with Ziggler, but at least WWE was kind enough to give Kingston a long overdue push that should have come years earlier.
What This Means
Kingston's main event push has been well-received by the WWE Universe, plus many legends and fans. The hope is that WWE will continue to build off his major success in 2019 and give Kingston more opportunities to lead the way, because he's proven to be a natural fit for the main event scene.