Awesome news: Kong cometh to WWE
Kia Stephens–better known to fans as Awesome Kong–tweeted on Dec. 29 that she’d gotten her “dream job–yes, THAT one”!
Dave Meltzer confirmed earlier this week that the most unique female wrestler in the country is headed to World Wrestling Entertainment, months after quitting TNA not long after the departure of booker Dutch Mantell, seemingly the only one in Dixie Carter’s company who truly understood her talents. (Most assuredly, Kong will make much bigger money in WWE.) Mantell booked a brilliant feud between Kong and Gail Kim in a great series of bouts that helped establish the Knockouts division as being far superior to WWE’s Divas when it came to in-ring production and match quality.
Kim unfortunately has been blandly repackaged and wasted in WWE. I don’t see that happening with Kong, whose look is so radically different than any other woman–or man (with the possible exception of Mark Henry) for that matter–on the the roster. Her work is extremely solid and her crazed facial expressions are phenomenal.
While Stephens will most likely receive a name change, her current moniker screams for some kind of confrontation with the Miz over who is most awesome (the awesomest?). Or as Jason Mann and I both speculated on Twitter, perhaps she’ll paired with Miz as a sort of female bodyguard a la Chyna. (I personally think that would hurt Miz right now as he desperately needs credibility to establish himself as champion. Would have been a natural fit a year or so ago when he was strictly a comedy figure.)
While watching the Divas tag bout Monday, I was hoping Kong would suddenly storm the ring and eat those bimbos for dinner, but it didn’t happen. I think it would cool if she debuted as a mystery entrant at the Royal Rumble–definitely make for a memorable entrance. If handled correctly, Kong has the potential to be a breakout star in WWE in 2011. (Besides, nearly kicking the ass of Bubba the Love Douche makes Kong OK in my book.)