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Report: Many people in WWE disapproved the way Kofi Kingston lost WWE Title

On the Fox debut of Smackdown Live, Kofi Kingston defended his WWE Title against Brock Lesnar. Lesnar squashed Kingston in seven seconds and became the new Champion. This was not unexpected, but the time taken by Lesnar was certainly shocking.

According to a report by Brad Shepard on Oh, You Didn’t Know Patreon, Vince McMahon made the decision for the match to end as it did. Many people backstage did not want to see the Title change hands in that way, but the finish remained the same.

According to a source in WWE, the booking of Kofi Kingston versus Brock Lesnar on SmackDown came straight from Vince McMahon.

I’m told multiple people in the company objected – not at the result – but at the way Kofi lost the match.

Ultimately, Vince McMahon has the final say in what goes on in the company. Kofi Kingston, later on, talked about his loss and he is determined to get to the top of the company.


  • That’s garbage. Kofi has been resilient, kept his nose clean (literally – no Wellness Policy repeat violations like SOME main eventers still on the roster) and has a highlight reel of incredible moments that people still rave about. He earned his spot and to have such a disgraceful squash finish was a slap in the face by McMahon…who has a track record of treating AA talent like garbage.

  • 7 seconds? Sounds about white to me.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    He has lots of respect for getting a nice WWE 6 months title run. Yes it was coming to an end and yes it was ok it ended that quickly. The biggest mistake was keeping Kofi and the New Day together by doing that he was never taken as a serious WWE champion. If he wants to get back to being a world champion he has to start becoming a real main eventer.

  • Soulshroude

    Aside from the typical debate… they put the belt back on Brock for the entertainment value. He still has convenient clauses in his contract.

  • Soulshroude

    It’s not that… Kofi has little to no draw. He will always be a mid-carder. The other guys made it because they’ve got “connections”.

  • Mike Tsamasiros

    Of course they should have a problem with the way it ended. It was a God damn travesty. Yes, it was incredibly predictable that Brock would win, but Kofi has given nearly 12 years of blood, sweat, and tears to this company. He without a doubt deserved to be treated better, especially on such a big stage. Smackdown’s debut on FOX was one of, if not the biggest show WWE has ever put on in terms of their television products. And Kofi was flat out embarrassed. Not embarrassed by Brock, but by the company. I understand that FOX wanted a big time name to hold the title to start the Smackdown era on their network, so it was essentially their decision. However, they had no say in how it actually happened. That was all Vince, and he absolutely made the wrong call in terms of the finish. To make it even worse, instantly after the match is when they have Cain Velasquez debut and get in Brock’s face. Kofi was immediately an afterthought. His entire title reign was essentially forgotten 30 seconds after the match ended. Once Cain came out, Kofi’s name wasn’t even mentioned again by commentary.

    Vince made a horrible decision with the ending of that match, then 48 hours later he made the most mind numbing, idiotic, pathetic, and quite frankly disrespectful (in terms of insulting the fans intelligence) decision with the Bray/Seth finish. Vince has been out of touch with today’s fans for a long time now, but those few days were the icing on the cake. I know it’ll never happen, but he needs to relinquish creative control of the company immediately. He hired Heyman and Bischoff for a damn reason. Let them do the jobs themselves. They are more than capable. I can only hope that in a few months when the XFL gets going that Vince will take a step back from WWE to focus on that. I know it’s been reported that he has no plans to do that, but I pray to God that changes.

  • jedi

    Yes 2 way better more entertaining wrestlers had longer matches.

  • Jason Grayson

    And yet AJ and Daniel Bryan had longer and more competitive matches against Brock.

  • No you’re right bro. Someone please tell Bret Hart, HBK, Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, etc. that they “never should have been main eventers” because they weren’t huge.

  • rob

    I dont see how this is bad thing, i mean brock is a heavyweigth and kofi isn’t, kofi should have never been put in that spot in the first place, he doesn’t belong there, he’s not a main eventer, he never was one

  • BiggEZ

    Well, at least Kofi is in the history books as being a WWE champion. Some people within WWE probably never wanted him to be champion, so they basically got what they wanted. I know that he probably won’t, but Kofi should consider leaving WWE, not to go elsewhere but to just take a break, take some time out for his Family and then contemplate his next move. He didn’t deserve to be squashed like that. He was a fighting champion, just like Rollins is and Rollins was never squashed. People are going to look at it any way they want to, but if this is possibly a part of a storyline where Kofi devises some way of beating Brock, then I think that’ll make for good TV. If not, then oh well, Kofi had a good run…

  • Mike the Ike

    This finish didn’t make Brock look stronger, it made the title and everyone who put over Kofi look weaker. Now, if the story is that Kofi was overconfident going into the match and strutted down to the ring and did some horse play before the match taunting Lesnar, that’d be different.

  • JC Bolden

    The issue I take with it is that every other small Lesnar opponent put up a fight. In most cases AJ, DB, and Seth all took him to the limit. We knew he wouldn’t win but at least as the champion let him get in 5 moves of offense. It took Cain longer to walk to the ring.

  • jedi

    He lost it the way he should have their last match was not even 3min. Kofi would have no chance from Lesnar.

  • what?

    No respect