At last, Braun Strowman seems to be on the cusp of greatness on WWE Raw as he prepares to re-enter the Universal Championship picture for the first time in nearly a year. It undoubtedly looks like WWE is headed in that direction even if Strowman vs. Seth Rollins for the universal title has yet to be officially announced for the Clash of Champions pay-per-view on September 15.The unlikely allies are fresh off becoming the Raw tag team champions last week.
Strowman and Rollins are not long for the tag team division. It’s hard to forget the many months of bad booking he’s endured leading up to this point. At this time two years ago, he was easily one of the hottest stars on the WWE roster. He could have been the one to beat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship during his first title reign, but the company failed to pull the trigger.
The Beast Incarnate and his prized possession throughout 2018 but narrowly fell short of victory on every occasion. Each loss did undeniable damage to his popularity. More recently, Strowman was hardly a fixture on the flagship show from week to week. He has largely flown under the radar in 2019. The Monster getting another chance at the Universal Championship at Clash of Champions should not come as a surprise.
By process of elimination, this year’s Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner is among the few stars who could logically feud with Rollins at the moment. Rollins not only took the title from Lesnar at SummerSlam, he also did so in decisive fashion. Along with Kurt Angle and Goldberg, he is one of only three men to ever slay The Conqueror twice, a feat not even Strowman could accomplish once.
That isn’t to say Rollins is the most beloved babyface in the world these days. It’s unrealistic to think he would lose the title so soon to Strowman. If WWE can continue to give The Monster Among Men important wins, him capturing the Universal Championship down the road may not be too far-fetched. Strowman’s inconsistent character development over the past two years hasn’t helped his cause, either. His abrupt heel turn in August 2018 derailed his push and later led to him getting bumped from the universal title match against Lesnar at the Royal Rumble.
The match might be decent from an in-ring standpoint, but don’t expect there to be much drama in Strowman actually winning the belt. It couldn’t be more apparent that Rollins is devoid of compelling challengers as he kicks off his second stint as universal champion.