UPDATE: Plans changed, and the Observer is now saying Kofi Kingston is “the front-runner” to be announced as Daniel Bryan’s Fastlane challenger due to the fan reponse to his last two matches, and the story behind them. Dave Meltzer says it’s not clear how this will impact WWE’s WrestleMania plans for Bryan and the WWE title.
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This item from Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio isn’t terribly surprising. Despite how well received last week’s booking of Kofi Kingston as a WWE title contender has been, he wasn’t even in their plans until Mustafa Ali suffered a concussion on a house show on Feb. 10. And Meltzer does seem to believe there’s some possibility WWE will adjust their plans based on the reaction to Kingston on the Feb. 12 SmackDown LIVE and at Elimination Chamber.
At least based on the Observer’s source, the company doesn’t view the other men in the main event this past Sunday night as options. They’re supposedly looking to returning or part-time Superstars as a possible challengers for Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35. With plans not finalized, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to believe the groundswell of support for The New Day’s eldest member could conceivable put him in the mix.
If you’re on #TeamKofi, what we’re saying is keep your fingers crossed for this to be a case of “plans change”.
Here’s Meltzer from the Feb. 19 WOR:
“Kofi Kingston was not the plan as of this morning for either Fastlane or WrestleMania, and obviously things can change.
So the WrestleMania story that I’ve heard was that it would be someone who is being brought back as opposed to somebody he’s been facing. The people on the list for discussion that could be brought back Bray Wyatt, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Kurt Angle, Undertaker, John Cena, Batista… Kurt Angle has been in discussion for WrestleMania. I don’t think it’s going to be Kurt Angle though. There could be others but those are the names that I’m aware of that are available for discussion.”
As much as I’m a fan of most of the names on that list – and Bryan may be the only wrestler in the world I’d want to watch work Taker in 2019, just to see what a genius in his prime can make happen with a soon-to-be 54 year old Phenom – they don’t give WWE the ready-made story Kingston does. A couple different programs could quickly be crafted for the champ and his old Total Bellas housemate Cena, but it’s not clear how available Big Match John will be given his busy Hollywood schedule.
Sorry, my preference is showing. Anyway…
We should know more tonight, as WWE is promising to announce DB’s Fastlane opponent on SmackDown. Join us for that, and get a head start speculating based on the Observer’s report below.