Former WWE writer, Freddie Prinze Jr., says he pitched the idea for Kofi Kingston to run through a gauntlet of challengers over a decade ago. He noted that, at the time, the idea fell on deaf ears.
Pitched the Kofi gauntlet at Titan Tower over a decade ago to deaf ears. This journey he’s on is real. Kofi tells a hell of a story in the ring and I hope you watch this chapter. https://t.co/vaepRiEqdn
— General Manager Prinze (@RealFPJr) March 13, 2019
Prinze Jr. has done two tours of duty as a member of the WWE creative team. The actor first worked for the company from 2008-09 and then again from 2010-2012. Kofi Kingston was called up to the main roster in late 2007. He started off on the ECW brand airing on the SyFy Network at the time.
Prinze Jr. spoke to GQ Magazine in 2016 and described what led to him working for WWE.
“I think it was 2007 or 2008. I don’t remember the exact year, but I went to WrestleMania and I was speaking with a lady who worked for the company. She was asking what I liked about the show, what I didn’t like, and I was just very honest with her. She said, ‘I would love for you to have this conversation with Kevin Dunn or Stephanie McMahon'”
Kofi Kingston’s Path to WrestleMania
The Kofi gauntlet idea Prinze Jr. is referring to will take place next week on Smackdown. Vince McMahon closed this week’s episode by telling Kofi he’ll have the chance to qualify for a WrestleMania title match if he wins a gauntlet match next week.