Brock Lesnar defeated Kofi Kingston at the Fox SmackDown Live premiere to become the new WWE Champion, and it apparently isn't sitting well with some officials backstage.
Lesnar defeated Kingston in just a matter of seconds, thus ending the latter's six-month title reign. The victory didn't come as much of a surprise to anyone, since Lesnar rarely loses matches anymore.
But according to Brad Shepard of Oh, You Didn't Know (h/t Ringside News), some in WWE "objected" with "the way" Kingston lost his championship. Shepard noted that the decision "came straight from" WWE chairman Vince McMahon.
Officials didn't necessarily disagree with the match result, per Shepard. But it's easy to understand why they wouldn't want Kingston to lose in just a few seconds after piecing together one of the greatest title reigns in history.
After Lesnar defeated Kingston, he was confronted by former UFC star Cain Velasquez, who briefly attacked the new WWE Champion in the ring. The two UFC legends are set to clash at the Oct. 31 Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.
Kingston emerged as a main event babyface early in 2019, and he finally capped the illustrious journey with a WWE Championship victory over Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35. Obviously, a lot of fans weren't ready for his title reign to end, and Kingston probably deserved to go out on a higher note.
But fair or not, Fox executives obviously want Lesnar to get as much television exposure as possible. He's a huge money and ratings draw, and putting the championship around his waist will help Fox immensely.
Kingston and Fans Deserved Better
A special six-month title reign shouldn't end in a match that only lasts several seconds, especially since Vince probably isn't keen on pushing Kingston again any time soon. Lesnar, a part-time performer, will now get to be the face of SmackDown. This is despite countless fans and pundits growing tired of him holding the Universal Championship for the vast majority of both 2017 and 2018. We can only hope that Kingston will get another run with the WWE Championship down the road.