WWE Rumors: Latest update on Universal title future

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Brock Lesnar defeated Goldberg at WrestleMania 33 to win the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Universal Championship. However, The Beast Incarnate is yet to defend his title. Fans have been anticipating when the wrestling promotion will book the championship match.

The WWE creative team has decided to arrange a meeting to decide the future of the Universal Championship, according to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Live. Braun Strowman was set to take on Brock Lesnar at the RAW brand’s July pay-per-view (PPV), Great Balls Of Fire. With The Monster Among Men out of action due to an elbow injury, things might need to be reworked.

Lesnar’s first title match since WrestleMania is scheduled to be at Great Balls of Fire in Dallas this July. The plan was to originally have Lesnar take on Strowman. While July is a long time away, and there’s a chance that Strowman will be perfectly fine by then, WWE doesn’t plan on taking any chances considering Lesnar’s limited schedule.

Strowman could be fit to face Lesnar in July

Meltzer believes that Strowman could be medically cleared to compete against Lesnar at the July 9th event. However, the WWE is doubtful of allowing the character to face The Beast Incarnate so early. Hence, the creative is considering other options.

Seth Rollins or Finn Balor could probably be put into the Universal Title picture for Great Balls of Fire. Braun’s been pulled from house shows up to July. But, he’s still being advertised for shows in mid-July such as the Huntington, WV show on July 15th. Hence, nothing is official as of yet.

WWE unsure if Strwoman will be ready

Much like Lesnar’s last WWE Championship run, placing the title on a superstar with a reduced schedule like The Beast meant that any title defense he had was a major event. After grabbing the championship at WrestleMania and with Goldberg stepping away from the company instead of getting a rematch, it looked as if The Monster/Mountain Among Men, Braun Strowman, was next in line to take on the champ.

However, Strowman’s injury disrupted WWE creative’s plans moving forward. The current situation is less than a will Strowman be healthy enough? scenario and more of a will Strowman be ready enough? scenario.

WWE is clearly considering Braun a long-term investment. He’s clearly the big man with the most potential in WWE since The Big Show, and he’s still young.

His recent injury proves that he’s not indestructible. Although Brock doesn’t have a reputation for injuring his opponents, his hard-hitting style may be more than Strowman is ready for right now.

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