WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar will be defending the title against Roman Reigns at SummerSlam this Sunday.
SummerSlam will mark the fourth championship encounter between Lesnar and Reigns. Lesnar has cemented himself as the longest reigning WWE Universal Champion and his title reign began when he captured the belt from Bill Goldberg at WrestleMania 33.
However, despite his long championship reign, The Beast has stacked up only a few title defenses.
This issue led to some justified unrest amongst both the locker rooms and within the WWE Universe. On one hand, AJ Style shows up every week and defends the WWE Championship on regular pay-per-views while Lesnar shows up on WWE TV once in a few months and doesn’t even wrestle on pay-per-views on a regular basis.
Pro-wrestling fans have been yearning for a full-time Universal Champion for quite some time and this urge kicked off when Lesnar and Goldberg, being two part-timers, headlined WrestleMania 33. The WWE Universe wants their Universal Champion to show up on WWE TV every week.
In a recent interview with The Sporting News,Roman Reigns discussed the matter and claimed that WWE having a part-time Universal Champion on RAW is “killing us”:
“It’s killing us. It’s killing us. It makes for better storytelling. It would be a better product. It would be a better show. When you have the diamond that everybody’s chasing, it gives everybody a GPS of where they are and where they’re trying to be. Not only that, it’s a driving force for live events.
“It’s a driving force for our Friday, Saturday and Sunday (non-televised events) when we don’t have a network special or a pay-per-view. It’s important to have that thing hanging up in the locker room in a tiny town in South Dakota on a Friday when people are not motivated. A young talent comes in and says the champ’s in here and the title is hanging up. I want that.”
“It motivates people in some many different regards and that’s what we need. I’m to the point where I’ve won a bunch of different championships and the only reason I want that championship is because I haven’t won it and I want it on this roster. I want it at our shows. I want it in every town because it’s going to make everybody better.”
WWE SummerSlam will take place on August 19, 2018 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York