The Undisputed Universal Championship is currently held by Roman Reigns. It was created in 2016 following the WWE Draft and later unified with the World Title at SummerSlam this year. At the time of the title’s inception, then-RAW General Manager Mick Foley stated that the Universal Championship was named after the company’s devoted fans, called the WWE Universe. Former WWE Spanish language commentator Hugo Savinovich now has something else to say about the title.
Hugo Savinovich feels Vince McMahon was inspired by another wrestling promotion when he introduced the Universal Championship. In an interview with Riju Dasgupta, Savinovich stated that the concept came from Carlos Colon’s World Wrestling Council. The Puerto Rican organization began referring to its world championship as the Universal Heavyweight Championship in 1983.
“Vince stole the Universal Championship,” Savinovich, who used to work for the WWC, said. He went on to further explain his point.
If you go back in history, you will see that Vince and WWE stole our Universal Championship. It was the NWA World Champion, Ric Flair, against the World Wrestling Council, and the winner would be legit the Universal Champion. A lot of people don’t know this, and that was the creation of the Universal Championship. So, way, way, way back we had that, so it wasn’t an invention of Vince.
Six years after the Universal Title’s birth, the championship is regarded as one of the most prestigious in the wrestling industry. Hugo Savinovich will battle El Profe at DEMONMANIA La Batalla Final (The Final Battle) in Puerto Rico on November 5th. The match will be the last of the 63-year-old’s legendary career, and it will take place on the same day that Roman Reigns will defend his title against Logan Paul at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Ringside News.
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