Back at Extreme Rules on Sunday night, Brock Lesnar cherry-picked the perfect moment to cash in his Money in the Bank contract and win back his Universal Championship. Not only did Lesnar make history by becoming a three-time Universal Champion, but he also created quite an interesting stat alongside Seth Rollins since it was the first time in history that two superstars had cashed in their Money in the Bank contract to end each other’s Championship reigns.
The Universal Championship itself has had a plagued history, with Finn Balor being forced to relinquish the title just a day after he became the inaugural Champion, Kevin Owens then lost the title to Goldberg at Fastlane the following year even though Triple H was the driving force behind him winning the Championship, to begin with.
Goldberg then retired from the ring before he was able to request a rematch since Brock Lesnar defeated him for the title at WrestleMania 33 and then held the title for over a year and a half before Roman Reigns was finally able to defeat him at SummerSlam last year.
Reigns was then forced to relinquish the Championship a few months later when his battle with leukemia was made public and Lesnar then made his return to the ring to face Braun Strowman and reclaim the Championship back in November at Crown Jewel.
Seth Rollins’ Royal Rumble victory then allowed The Architect to take on Lesnar at WrestleMania where he won the Universal Championship for the first time but lost it back to Lesnar at Extreme Rules.
Rollins’ victory last night on Raw means that he’s the first superstar to gain a direct rematch for the Universal Championship and go on to face the person that he lost the Championship too.
Finn Balor wasn’t given his rematch until mid-way through Roman Reigns’ title reign, Brock Lesnar’s rematch was against Braun Strowman and no other star has yet been granted their rematches after losing the title.