Kofi Kingston reign as WWE champion has come to an end.
The main event of the very first episode of Friday Night SmackDown on FOX featured WWE Champion Kofi putting his title on the line against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. I mention that because, well, sports.
This was Lesnar’s first television match in 15 years, just to give an indication how special it was meant to be.
It took all of five seconds.
Kingston ran straight at Lesnar and was immediately hit with an F-5. That was all it took to earn a three count and make Brock the new WWE champion, ending Kingston’s reign that started at WrestleMania 34 back in April.
Then, something wild happened.
— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) October 5, 2019
WWE Friday Night SmackDown aired a historic broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. for the blue brand’s season premiere. A star-studded lineup co-opted months of aggressive marketing and cross-branding as a week full of new eras and sea changes saved its best for last.
Outside of The Rock, most legends were relegated to a curtain call, while Friday Night SmackDown ended with Brock Lesnar shockingly squashing Kofi Kingston to become a five-time WWE champion before even more shockingly being confronted by Rey Mysterio…and Cain Velasquez.
Lesnar vs. Velasquez figures to be a big-money feud as WWE on Fox looks to adopt a “real sports feel.” God, I hate that term.
WWE’s final edition of SmackDown Live last Tuesday on USA Network capped a hot streak of eight consecutive episodes to top the Cable 150 in the 18-49 demographic to end its run.