Two weeks ago, Paul “Triple H” Levesque officially bestowed a newly designed Undisputed WWE Universal Championship on Roman Reigns. The new design has been met with mixed reactions from fans, with some loving the new look and others comparing it to the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Contest’s infamous Mustard Yellow Championship. And by “others,” I mean me and maybe it’s because I just interviewed Megabyte Ronnie and have glizzies on the brain.
Sports Illustrated has just released a report looking at WWE’s decision to shake up the look of their top titles, and what the plans could be for the current title holders going forward. In regard to Reigns’ new title, it is meant to represent the lineage of both the WWE Championship and Universal Championship, giving it the weight of the company’s past and present, as legends like Bruno Sammartino held the WWE Championship. With that said, The Tribal Chief’s former titles may not be leaving TV, as it was noted that Heyman may continue to carry both defunct championships, as a way to continue paying homage to talents from the past who held them.
It was also said in the report that The Bloodline angle is expected to take center stage when it comes to WWE’s storytelling through the summer. Two of the matches teased in the report include Reigns and Solo Sikoa versus The Usos in a tag team match, and Reigns versus Jey Uso. Both of these would definitely grab the attention of WWE fans.
In regard to the newly designed women’s Championships, the hope is that Rhea Ripley can build momentum with her WWE Women’s World Championship and become one of the promotion’s next big breakout stars. Asuka, on the other hand, is being looked at as a veteran who can establish the WWE Women’s Championship and hopefully launch the career of a new, young talent when she eventually loses it. Currently, all signs point to IYO SKY being the star to dethrone The Empress of Tomorrow.
Sky is said to have really impressed Levesque in her match against Bianca Belair at WWE Backlash earlier this year. Currently, Asuka is a heel, and in order to make a program with SKY really work, it would likely require the Damage CTRL member to turn babyface. One idea that is apparently being discussed as a way to turn her babyface is to have her turn on Bayley, effectively ending the all-female stable that began at SummerSlam last year.