7 Things About The Universal Championship That Make No Sense
The Universal Championship was introduced to the WWE Universe back in 2016. The inaugural champion was crowned at SummerSlam that year and Finn Balor came out victorious. Ever since then, the championship has been a major part of WWE programming. Currently, the title is held by the Roman Reigns and it’s probably the most interesting thing about the entire company, right now.
But in the last few years, WWE has taken many wrong decisions with the Universal Championship. From giving title matches to part-timers to putting the title on the wrong wrestlers, a lot about this title doesn’t really make sense.
7Goldberg Defeating The Fiend
Bill Goldberg challenged “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt for the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel 2020. Most fans thought that Goldberg would lose the match and then pass the torch to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. But he shocked the world by defeating The Fiend for the title in Saudi Arabia.
Again, the WWE Universe was furious with this decision. For most fans, this was the moment when WWE really messed up with The Fiend gimmick, and ever since then, Wyatt hasn’t really had much luck winning huge matches in the company. Even his next title reign ended very shortly.
6Goldberg Defeating Kevin Owens
Before The Fiend, Goldberg ended Kevin Owens’ Universal Championship reign only a few weeks before WrestleMania. Goldberg just asked for the title match and got it right away.
At Fastlane, he beat Kevin in less than 30 seconds after Chris Jericho returned and caused a distraction. All of this was done just so that Brock Lesnar could finally take revenge for his loss against Goldberg at Survivor Series 2016 by winning the title at WrestleMania 33.
This was a very stupid decision which not only led to a part-time champion for over 500 days but also ended Kevin’s title reign before it even started. What’s more stupid is that Owens never won the title he truly deserved ever again.
5Daniel Bryan In The Universal Championship Feud
The entire storyline between Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, and Edge didn’t make a ton of sense. Bryan inserted himself into the Universal Championship main-event at WrestleMania because he was screwed twice at Elimination Chamber and then at Fastlane.
But even then, it didn’t make sense to add him to the main event storyline-wise. It was supposed to be Edge’s moment but Bryan interfered in that. Although it did make the WrestleMania main event this year much more special than it would’ve been as a singles match for the Universal Title.
4The Royal Rumble 2021 Controversy
At Royal Rumble 2021, Kevin Owens faced Roman Reigns in a Last Man Standing Match for the Universal Championship. This was a great match until the final few minutes. Paul Heyman was supposed to unlock the handcuff from Reigns’ hand, but he messed up.
It created a very awkward moment because the referee had stopped counting. Had the count never stopped, Owens would have definitely become the new Universal Champion at the pay-per-view. WWE never provided any sort of explanation about this embarrassing moment.
3Not Taking The Title Off From Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar won the Universal Championship for the first time at WrestleMania 33 by defeating Goldberg. He kept the title for over a year and most fans didn’t like it. Despite getting a lot of backlash from wrestling fans, WWE kept the title on Lesnar’s shoulders.
Even when Lesnar finally lost the title at SummerSlam 2018, he soon regained the title after Roman Reigns relinquished the gold on Raw. Braun Strowman was a fan-favorite at that time, but still, it was questionable why he lost at Crown Jewel.
2Adding Roman Reigns To The Title Scene In 2020
After a five-month hiatus from WWE last year, Roman Reigns returned to WWE at SummerSlam and attacked the newly crowned Universal Champion, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman. The very next day, it was announced that Wyatt would defend his title at Payback in a No Holds Barred triple threat match against Reigns and Strowman.
The Big Dog ended up winning the Universal Championship at Payback. But this whole storyline didn’t make sense because not many wrestlers automatically get a title match and Reigns never really did anything to qualify for it (except for beating the champion).
1Seth Rollins Not Winning The Title From Finn Balor
Seth Rollins and Finn Balor faced each other at SummerSlam 2019 to crown the first-ever Universal Champion in WWE. Balor had a strong momentum leading to this match and he finally received his big moment when he pinned Rollins to become the inaugural champion.
During that match, Balor injured his shoulder but still ended up finishing the match and winning the title. Finn wanted Seth to win the title because he knew he wouldn’t be able to compete the next night. Rollins rejected the offer and finished the match as intended. But it didn’t help any wrestler involved; the title was vacated soon and Balor didn’t even get another run with the title in the future.