The Universal Championship was created around this time last year. From then to the present day, only four people have been able to call themselves champions. Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Goldberg, and Brock Lesnar are all part of an elite group. Who else will be joining said group? Here are three superstars who will probably join that group very soon, and they will be joining that group sooner rather than later.
3. Samoa Joe
Initially, Samoa Joe was to be a one-and-done deal. Lesnar would kick his ass, and that would be the end of the story. However, Joe, upon being given the ball, promptly ran with it. With all eyes on him, he delivered. Even Lesnar himself reportedly likes working with him. Samoa Joe has essentially forced his way into a permanent spot in the main event. It is because of those reasons that I believe Samoa Joe is the next champion.
His match with Reigns is just begging for interference from Braun Strowman, so expect Joe to be in the Universal Championship match at Summerslam. Brock probably won’t eat the pin in the match, but Joe will probably walk away from Summerslam as champion.
He’ll probably hold it for 3 -5 months, retaining it against the likes of Finn Balor and Dean Ambrose. After a good amount of time has passed, he can lose the title.
2. Roman Reigns
I wouldn’t even be mad anymore if Reigns won the title at Summerslam, but I don’t think he will. I really think Samoa Joe is next in line, but Reigns will be hot on his heels. The Big Dog’s gotta chase. We all know Reigns is gonna be champion. It’s just a matter of when. It’s probably sooner rather than later.
After a grueling battle where Reigns vanquishes Joe, he’ll have several people gunning for him. Bray Wyatt, The Miz, maybe even Cesaro and/or Sheamus. Since Reigns’ last run as champion only clocked in at 77 days (2 months, give or take), he’ll probably be Universal Champion for a tad bit longer than that. Have him defend it against a few guys to pad his numbers (reign length, number of successful defenses, etc.).
However, no one is champion forever, and Reigns will soon meet his match. The one person who has constantly gotten the best of him is now going to face him for the championship, and Reigns will be bested yet again.
3. Braun Strowman
It would be funny if Braun Strowman was always able to kick Roman’s ass. Have Roman never beat him, ever. It would be funny. It would also be fairly consistent (except for Fastlane, when Reigns beat him, but we don’t talk about Fastlane). So when Strowman challenges Reigns for the Universal Championship, Strowman walks away victorious.
Strowman is the type of guy who should hold onto the title for a good amount of time. He should be champion for at least six months. Have him vanquish any and all comers who dare to fight him. However, when it’s time for him to drop the title, WWE should refrain from booking a multi-man match.
When Strowman loses the title, it should be in a one-on-one match. A real David v. Goliath story. Have it as a gimmick match, even. A Street Fight or a Last Man Standing could help even the odds in the challenger’s favor. However, at the end of it all, Strowman should be defeated, and a new champion crowned.