The September 17th, 2019 episode of WWE SmackDown aired live from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA. It was the first episode of SmackDown following WWE Clash of Champions 2019. Here are 5 takeaways from this week’s show:
5Brock Lesnar Will Face Kofi Kingston For The WWE Championship On October 4th
New Day battled The Revival and Randy Orton to begin the show. Woods, Big E, and Kofi Kingston dominated early and knocked Wilder and Dawson out of the ring. Kofi went for Trouble in Paradise but Orton ducked under it and rolled out of the ring as SmackDown went to a commercial break.
When SmackDown returned, Woods was isolated in the ring and Dawson focused his attack on Xavier’s injured knee. Orton tagged in and poked Woods in the eye to prevent him from tagging out. Wilder tagged in and Woods rolled him up for a two count.
Xavier went for a DDT but Wilder blocked it and launched him to the outside. Orton then slammed Woods on the announce table as SmackDown went to another break. When SmackDown returned, Woods was finally able to get to the corner and tagged in Kofi Kingston.
Kingston leveled Orton with a Clothesline and followed it up with a Dropkick that sent Wilder out of the ring. Kofi planted Orton with the SOS and went for the cover but Dawson broke it up at the last second. Wilder took out Big E with a DDT outside the ring and then slammed Woods’ knee off the ring apron.
Orton capitalized on the distraction and hit Kingston with a DDT while he was hung up in the ropes. Randy geared up for the RKO and started pounding on the canvas. He stopped short and opted to tag in Dawson.
The Revival tried to set up Kingston for an RKO but Big E dragged Orton out of the ring. Kingston hit The Revival with a double DDT as Woods climbed up to the top rope. Xavier connected with an Elbow Drop to Wilder and both superstars fell out of the ring. Kingston hit Dawson with Trouble in Paradise for the pinfall victory.
After the match, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came down to the ring. Kingston told Woods and Big E to get out of the ring as Heyman and Lesnar stepped inside. Heyman told Kingston that Lesnar wants to challenge him to a match on the October 4th SmackDown premiere on Fox. The crowd chanted “Kofi!” as Kingston said that he made a promise to the WWE Universe that he will be a fighting champion. Kingston accepted the challenge and Brock clapped and then hit Kofi with the F5.
It makes sense from a marketing perspective to have Lesnar get a title shot on the debut episode of SmackDown on Fox. However, from an entertainment perspective, I have zero interest in seeing Brock Lesnar become champion again. Kingston and Lesnar can put on a great match on October 4th but the result seems pretty obvious.