Doubt has been cast over the future of the WWE Championship and the Universal Title with a unification match for all the gold advertised for WrestleMania 38.
With Brock Lesnar winning the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber, The Beast Incarnate seems to have got his wish as he has made his WrestleMania main event bout with Roman Reigns ‘champion vs. champion.’ WWE has since gone a step further and advertised a ‘title unification’ bout between the two men, indicating that either Reigns or Lesnar will leave as an undisputed world champion.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer indicated that he hoped WWE didn’t go down the same path as they did in 2002 when Triple H was just handed the World Heavyweight Championship:
“So the deal here is it’s a unification match and from what I am told it’s the same idea when they last unified the titles. Remember like 20 years ago or 18 years ago when they did and then a week later they handed a belt to Triple H. Hopefully they don’t do that this year.”
Meltzer added that he is not convinced that WWE will be able to press ahead with having just one world champion following WrestleMania 38:
“I was told it was not feasible in the modern environment to not have each brand, given the two networks, not have a champion. So this will be a unification match and then they will – not forget about it – but there will be two champions.”
The Universal Championship was first introduced into the company in 2016 when the brand split was brought back with SmackDown claiming the WWE Championship as its top male title. The inaugural Universal Champion was Finn Balor, but his reign lasted just one day as he suffered an injury during the bout in which he won the title against Seth Rollins.