On the debut episode of WWE Smackdown on FOX back on October 4, 2019, Brock Lesnar challenged Kofi Kingston for the title. In a move that still has fans questioning the booking decision, Brock Lesnar squashed Kofi Kingston in seven seconds and became the WWE Champion.

Right after the win, Brock Lesnar was confronted by Cain Velasquez, who quickly took down Brock Lesnar and ran him out of the ring. Unfortunately, their feud turned out to be a disappointment.

Even a few years on, many people still feel it was a horrible booking decision. This is because fans and pro wrestlers alike felt Kofi Kingston deserved better than to get humiliated like that.

While speaking on The Wrestling Time Machine, Bill Apter talked about Kofi Kingston’s crushing defeat. Apter stated that he believes Bill Apter Deserved better as the WWE Champion.


“So many people forget he [Kofi Kingston] was the WWE Champion for a while. As an individual performer, I would have loved to see them keep him on top for a while rather than just moving him into the tag team situation. He’s an incredible talent.”

That squash match was used as a way to introduce Cain Velasquez during SmackDown’s FOX debut. In the end, it only resulted in one Saudi Arabian match for Cain and Brock. Then WWE released Velasquez short time later, so many fans feel it was all for nothing.

What’s your take on this story? Do you believe Kofi Kingston deserved better? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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