At last, Roman Reigns has (re?) claimed his Universal Championship.

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Roman Reign was absolved of shame after years of huge personal and professional disappointments. Though the circumstances surrounding his victory weren’t the greatest, it does not diminish his accomplishment. Whether or not the newly crowned Universal Champion will have to defend his title tonight remains to be seen. Otherwise, find out everything you need to know about tonight’s episode of Monday Night RAW below!

Summerslam Recap

  • Andrade Cien Almas & Zelina Vega def. Rusev & Lana
  • Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander def. Drew Gulak
  • RAW Tag Team Champions The B-Team def. The Revival to retain
  • Seth Rollins (w/ Dean Ambrose) def. Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler Rollins wins Intercontinental Championship
  • SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bondage Brothers def. The New Day via DQ
  • Braun Strowman def. Kevin Owens
  • Charlotte def. Becky Lynch and SmackDown! Women’s Champion Carmella Charlotte wins SmackDown! Women’s Championship
  • Samoa Joe def. WWE Champion AJ Styles via DQ
  • The Miz def. Daniel Bryan
  • Finn Balor def. Constable Corbin
  • United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura def. Jeff Hardy Nakamura retains U.S Championship
  • Ronda Rousey def. RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss to win RAW Women’s Championship
  • Roman Reigns def. Universal Champion Brock Lesnar to win Universal Championship

This Week’s RAW

For nearly a year and a half, the RAW brand’s primary championship – the Universal Championship – has been conspicuously absent. Not because of the title itself, but because of the titleholder. Former champion Brock Lesnar kept an iron grasp over the belt, as he dominated every challenger from Samoa Joe to Braun Strowman. However, he faced his most difficult challenge from his arch nemesis, WWE Superstar Roman Reign. Although the Big Dog has put the Beast down, Lesnar’s guaranteed rematch looms – and so does Braun Strowman and the Money in the Bank Contract. And General Zod and the Phantom Zone.

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The same cannot be said for newly crowned RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey. A laughably short and incredibly dominant (just how I like it) performance on Ms. Rousey’s part makes it clear former champion Alexa Bliss cannot defeat the Baddest Woman on the Planet without outside means. Who will take on Rousey next is a mystery – former champion Nia Jax took Rousey to the limit, though Ronda’s best good friend Natalya could provide an equal challenge.

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Triple H is scheduled to appear on the show, so it’s safe to assume you don’t have to watch the show-opening hour long promo that he’s sure to cut. Thanks for giving me the time to get some extra work done, Trips!

Demon Finn Balor returned last night, and it was cool as shit, you guys. Where does he go from here? How will Constable Corbin rebound from what can only be described as being squashed for the second summer in a row? I’d say he’s losing hair over it, but I digress.

Not pictured: Demon impostor Finn Balor

Champions Corner

WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins has his hands around the belt again. Though former champion Dolph Ziggler put up as tough of a challenge as humanly possible, the recently returned Dean Ambrose nullified the Showoff’s ace in the hole, Drew McIntyre. Surely a rematch against the Showoff is on the way, but who else could surface to challenge the Architect?

RAW Tag Team Champions The B-Team successfully defended their titles last evening. The unlikely (and garbage) pairing of Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas has continued to amaze as they run roughshod over the RAW Tag Team division. As well as pissing me off to no end, Axel and Dallas should discover who’s next in line for a championship opportunity tonight.

I have already touched on Ronda Rousey and Roman Reigns’ situations.

That’s it from me; but what are your thoughts? Let me know on Twitter and as always, see you next week!

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