After a one-month absence, Brock Lesnar returned to WWE television on SmackDown Live and confronted WWE Champion Kofi Kingston and his New Day members.
Lesnar issued a challenge for Kingston's WWE Championship on the Oct. 4 edition of SmackDown - the first episode under Fox Sports - which was accepted. With that, we have an epic match to look forward to for the SmackDown Fox premiere.
Lesnar would attack Kingston after The New Day won a tag team match against Randy Orton and The Revival, sending a statement a couple of weeks before their hyped up showdown.
It's worth noting that this will be Lesnar's first match on the SmackDown brand in 15 years. So why did WWE decide to bring Lesnar on to the "B Show" after spending all those years on the Monday Night Raw brand?
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News), suggested that WWE could be using Lesnar for SmackDown on Oct. 2 simply due to Ronda Rousey's hiatus. The latter has been on an "impregnation vacation" since WrestleMania 35.
Meltzer isn't sure yet if Lesnar will be a "permanent" superstar on SmackDown, but he thinks the recent advertisement on Fox could be "a sign." He also explained that Fox likely wants both Rousey and Lesnar, but they'll essentially settle on the latter with the Baddest Woman on the Planet gone for the time being.
Lesnar lost the Universal Championship reign to Seth Rollins on two occasions, at WrestleMania 35 and SummerSlam. It would appear as though their rivalry is closed for good, and it's time for Lesnar to give it a shot at winning the WWE Championship instead.
SmackDown Is Best For Lesnar
At the end of the day, Lesnar didn't have much more to accomplish on Raw, having feuded with all of their main event stars. He'll get a fresh look on SmackDown, and there are plenty of elite talents for him to feud with there. A rivalry with Kingston is just what Fox needs in order to enhance its ratings right away.