Kofi Kingston is slated to defend his WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar on the Fox premiere of SmackDown Live, but Friday won't mark the only showdown between the two superstars.
Per Cageside Seats, advertisements for Lesnar suggest that his rivalry with Kingston will "run through" the Oct. 31 Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. No other matches involving the two have been announced yet, but we can expect them to come soon.
But a Lesnar-Kingston rematch could happen as soon as Sunday at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio speculated earlier this week that the two superstars could indeed clash for the WWE Championship twice over a three-day span.
It makes good sense to have the Lesnar-Kingston feud run for a while here. It's well-known by now that Fox really wants Lesnar for SmackDown Live, since he's a giant money draw and all.
Rumors have suggested that The Beast Incarnate won't be appearing on Monday Night Raw in the foreseeable future, either. The WWE draft is set to take place on Oct. 11 and 14, so Lesnar's move to SmackDown could be official by then. After all, it doesn't make much sense to keep him around as a free agent, especially since he's stayed on the Raw brand since returning to WWE in 2012.
It's also been suggested that Lesnar's vicious attack on Rey Mysterio and Dominick could lead to a feud with UFC legend Cain Velasquez, who has some history with the former Universal Champion. But until/unless Velasquez signs, this is totally up in the air.
And like it or not, Vince McMahon has put the part-time performer Lesnar in the main event spotlight for several years now. Fair or not, the latter is always good for television ratings and ticket sales - so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Vince is putting him in the WWE Championship picture. And again, Fox needs a guy like Lesnar on their show, so he may get more television time than usual.