Brock Lesnar defeated Kofi Kingston in just seven seconds on the October 4, 2019 episode of Friday night smackdown. The win abruptly ended Kingston’s six-month reign as WWE Champion, and WWE’s decision to immediately lead Lesnar into a feud with Cain Velasquez and push Kingston back down only further infuriated fans. Former WWE writer Chris Dunn guested on The Public Enemies Podcast this week and discussed that infamous booking decision, saying WWE (led by Vince McMahon) felt Lesnar needed a dominant win heading into his match with Velasquez. That fight lasted just two minutes before “The Beast” won in Saudi Arabia.
“I think the feeling was that Brock wasn’t going to go back to Kofi,” said Dunn (h/t Sportskeeda). “He went [to face] Cain and she wanted to build the Cain competition, and they felt like that dominant performance was the way to do it. I think it sucked.”
He also noted that Kingston would have some sort of follow-up the following week, just to save time. Kingston would not get a one-on-one shot at the WWE Championship until July 2021 at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view where he was crushed by Bobby Lashley.
“He was supposed to have an interview on SmackDown next week and be able to respond to it. Promos like that are kind of make-or-break promos. Because of the time, because it was at the end of the show, it was less time,” Dunn noted.
Kingston spoke about the game to NBC Sports last October – “I don’t really dwell on why. There are a lot of things in the industry where sometimes you look at and think, ‘why did that happen?’ You just move on, and the wheel keeps spinning. There’s no point dwelling on what happened to Brock Lesnar in that game with Brock Lesnar. It’s not going to make me better or change what happened or do anything but forcing me I feel bad, and I’m not letting that happen. I have a lot more career to process. I think it’s a rare and unique opportunity to be on this roster. As for my run, being WWE champion, i have to go six months almost to this day so that’s a really long reign to be able to tie that was amazing i enjoyed my title run i loved every moment because i know how rare it is to be in that champion role. You embrace it.”
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