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Planned Universal Championship match reportedly nixed

Brock Lesnar Universal Championship

We noted before how WWE had plans to give Finn Balor and other participants of the Fatal Five Way #1 contender’s match at Extreme Rules a Universal Championship match before WrestleMania 34. However, it seems that those plans have been nixed already.

In the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it was noted that the planned match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar have apparently been moved up to SummerSlam from WrestleMania 34.

The idea behind this change is to have someone who can defend the title regularly on WWE TV, opposed to Brock who has yet to make his first title defence since winning it at WrestleMania 33.

In the recent episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, it was discussed how the change in plans will affect the Universal title picture going forward and it was noted that the planned match between Brock Lesnar and Finn Balor has already been scraped off.

Tough it’s being said Seth Rollins could still get a title shot somewhere down the line, presumably at Survivor Series to promote the upcoming WWE 2K18 video game.

While this does not mean that Balor would not get a title shot somewhere down the line, it certainly clears that there are currently no plans for him to be involved in the Universal title picture anytime soon.


  • MrDr3w

    The fans are drawn to him because he beat up Roman Reigns a couple times. Bray Wyatt beat Reigns clean once. How long did his popularity last, like five seconds? (I used to be a massive Bray Wyatt mark, so I can say that).

    Big Show too. ‘Member him? Didn’t he team with that loudmouth onion-looking guy like, a month ago before disappearing again?

    Same with Rollins. Then he came back and got hurt AGAIN.

    Same with Fragile Finn Balor.

    Anddddddd… Same with Strowman.

    The WWE Universe is disillusioned by their blind hatred of Roman Reigns. They think that, just because someone gets over on him once or twice, they deserve to be the top guy. Braun Strowman is good, could be great in the future, but as of right now, he’s nowhere near ready to carry the strap.

    Putting the belt on him just to appease the fans would be like when they put the IC belt on Ryder (also got injured soon after), or when they put the IC belt on Ziggler (also got hurt soon after), or when they put the IC belt on Bryan (also got hurt, and forced to retire, soon after).

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    Nobody cares about jinder either lol

  • Milkdud1985

    Its hard to get into matches knowing they wont take risks at least on the raw band go jinder

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Braun Strowman is clearly were the WWE Unverlasial Championship should be on. He so over with the fans it not be force either. The fans are drawn to him. It looks like to me the internet has no idea what they going to do with the Unvesal title because things change.

  • Milkdud1985

    Typical wwe latch on the one guy and never give anyone else a chance im glad roman is on raw we wouldn’t been able to get styles or jinder as champs taking chances makes better shows

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    All this build up for Joe & Lesnar that fans ACTUALLY want to see, and theyre still forcing reigns down our throats…

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