Monday's WWE Raw ends with Seth Rollins winning a battle royal to earn a shot at Brock Lesnar's Universal Championship in SummerSlam's main event. It's become a constant source of annoyance for many WWE fans how Lesnar has dominated the Universal Championship scene for the last several years, and shortly before that, had a long run with the WWE Championship. Ever since returning to wrestling from UFC, Lesnar has operated on a big money part-time deal with WWE, meaning that when he holds the gold, it only gets defended a few times per year.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out why that bothers fans, who remain used to seeing pay-per-view events close with a world title match, and seeing those titles occasionally defended on free TV. So infamous is Lesnar's status as a part-time champion that it became the crux of he and Rollins' feud leading into WrestleMania XXXV in April, with Rollins promising to slay The Beast and be the full-time Universal Champion fans deserved.
Of course, Rollins did ultimately beat Lesnar, and did indeed reign as a fighting champion. That was until Sunday's Extreme Rules event, which saw Lesnar cash in the Money in the Bank contract on Rollins after a hard fought main event match, easily reclaiming his trophy. Now, Rollins will get a chance to make sure Lesnar's renewed stranglehold on the title doesn't last long, as he's officially set to challenge The Mayor of Suplex City at SummerSlam.
To earn this high profile rematch for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam, Rollins won a 10-man battle royal, outlasting Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Bobby Lashley, Braun Strowman, Baron Corbin, Rey Mysterio, and Big E. As beloved as Rollins generally is by the WWE faithful, many reacted to his win with mild disappointment, as many of the other competitors in the match would've represented opponents Lesnar has either never faced or at least rarely encountered.
Some also wondered where big WWE stars like Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, and Kevin Owens were in the battle royal selections, but obviously, people with star power do still need to be left over to make up the rest of the card for a three-hour Raw broadcast. If nothing else, most fans hope that Rollins will once again defeat Lesnar to become Universal Champion, as Lesnar world title matches at WrestleMania have become extremely played out. Especially with Roman Reigns.