The big night is coming. On Friday night, October 4th, 2019, a night over a year in the making comes to life. Friday Night Smackdown returns, and it is going to be bigger than ever as it will be featured on FOX television! Not only that, WWE just announced a HUGE match for the debut.
Just two weeks away from the debut, Brock Lesnar returned to SmackDown to challenge Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship. Following a match between The New Day and the team of Randy Orton and The Revival, Brock Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman came down to the ring to greet Kofi Kingston. They said a few choice words and then challenged him for the WWE Championship on the debut of Smackdown on FOX.
Although it may come as a bit of surprise in timing, it makes a lot of sense. Since the initial announcement of Smack Down’s move to FOX, it has been rumored that Brock would be a likely candidate to carry the title on the blue brand to maintain strong viewership from FOX’s regular audience. One thing that Brock Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman has said over the years that stands true is that Brock Lesnar is one of the biggest box office attractions in sports-entertainment history. Without a doubt, the man sells tickets and puts butts into seats. People pay money to see Brock Lesnar. With that being said, wouldn’t you want Brock Lesnar to be the guy that carries around your Championship Title on a show that you are trying to get people to tune in to?
On the contrary, you have a guy like Kofi Kingston, who is a man that has been a part of WWE for over a decade. Throughout his career, Kofi has won multiple titles including the United States, Intercontinental, and even Tag Team championships. In arguably one of the greatest “Wrestlemania Moments” in Wrestlemania history at Wrestlemania 35, Kofi Kingston overcame the odds and became WWE Champion for the first time in his entire career. Even before his victory over Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania, #KofiMania has been running wild in the WWE Universe. Kofi is most definitely a beloved member of the WWE roster.
Since Wrestlemania, Kofi has successfully defended against competitors such as Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, AJ Styles and more. Kingston has had to overcome quite the odds since winning the title and has proven that he is indeed a fighting champion. There is no doubt that he has been the underdog in a lot of these occasions, but he has never fallen short of being a fan favorite. All of this considered, wouldn’t that qualify Kofi Kingston to be a suitable champion for Smackdown moving into FOX?
This match will most definitely be one for the books! Literally, it’s going to be the very first WWE Championship to be held on Friday Night Smackdown on FOX. Aside from that, this is also a very big deal because it is Brock Lesnar’s first match on Smackdown in over 15 years.
Are you looking forward to seeing this box office match? Who is your pick to win and represent Smackdown as the WWE Champion?