Dear WWE | Who’s taking home the Universal title?

WWE supRoman Reigns. (Brandon Wade/AP Images for WWE)
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Does anyone know who’s winning the Universal title match?

Well, not Brock Lesnar, that’s who. Then again, that’s not really much of a spoiler. Paul Heyman and his “Beast Incarnate” all but sealed that fate last week on “Raw” when they marched to the ring and voiced their displeasure in the direction of general manager Kurt Angle. Heyman said if Lesnar loses the belt at SummerSlam, he won’t even seek a rematch but will simply walk away from the company.

That leaves Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman as the possible victors. While it seems a Reigns title run is inevitable eventually, is Brooklyn the right place for it?

It seems the WWE is nowhere near making a decision on this one. There are a whole ton of fun possibilities brewing with who could walk out as champion and, truthfully, after only one title defense in four months there isn’t a wrong option.

Lesnar’s most recent run was fascinating, but once again it burned out before the WWE could come up with a proper exit strategy. Having him drop the title without getting pinned leaves open the door for a possible return somewhere down the line.

Where does Chris Jericho fit into SummerSlam plans?

When the Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla returned to SmackDown Live for both payback on Kevin Owens and a shot to win the United States championship, he accomplished neither. In fact, he was basically the liaison to get the title to switch hands from Owens to A.J. Styles without KO being pinned.

Then when Owens’ rematch went awry the following week, Jericho was nowhere to be seen. Which is confusing considering Owens attempted to mangle Jericho’s trachea a few months ago.

Now, we have Styles vs. Owens at SummerSlam with Shane McMahon as the special guest referee, leaving Jericho with nothing to do besides maybe being the special guest ring announcer. His return was a nice surprise, but it’s hard to see how Styles vs. Owens again is a better plan than KO vs. Y2J in a street fight-style stipulation.

Why does SummerSlam feel like it has significantly less hype than it should?

A common plight of WWE fans is to believe that booking a show is much easier than it seems. Everyone’s fantasy-booked PPV looks better than the actual PPV, but in this instance, what is going on at the biggest event of the summer?

WWE reportedly has been feeling the heat, and to rise to the occasion, planned for a massive SummerSlam show, one of four consecutive nights they’ll be inside the Barclays Center. For arguments sake, let’s say the card played out as such (it won’t): Lesnar-Reigns, Styles-Shinsuke Nakamura, Jinder Mahal-John Cena, Owens-Jericho, Finn Balor-Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton-Rusev. That leaves notably other big names still to be penciled in, but this version of “WrestleMania of the summer” feels like more like a star-studded occasion than just another PPV that happens to include both brands.

It’s the WWE first joint-branded show since the spectacle of WrestleMania, with a whole lot of good, bad, and indifferent mixed in between. One way or the other, the show will be a four-hour showcase, but will it be the memorable show it has the potential for?

Who will replace Bayley in the Raw women’s title match?

Following Bayley’s legitimate shoulder injury suffered last week on Raw, creative will have to come up with a new No. 1 contender at SummerSlam. Really, it comes down to whether or not they want to go the route of Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks, or attempt to pull off the heel vs. heel with Bliss vs. Nia Jax.

At the end of the day, it’s tough to see Banks being left off the show not only once, but twice with a mulligan presented to booking. The first Bliss-Banks encounter at Great Balls of Fire established legitimate beef between the two ladies and a rematch not only would be the match most fans want to see, it also makes sense in the context of the storyline.

Why is Elias Samson now just Elias?

No, like really, why? “Who wants to walk with Elias?” is a great catchphrase, don’t get me wrong, but he’s a human being (and not a Brazilian one), he has multiple names.

It’s easy to forget the shortening of other names like Rusev from Alexander Rusev or Cesaro from Antonio Cesaro. The one-name moniker is a complete shoulder shrug, especially when Booker T still called him “Samson” the majority of the time on the air last week.

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