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WWE Hell in a Cell: Did Braun Strowman Become Universal Champion?

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WWE's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view saw Roman Reigns defend the Universal Championship against Braun Strowman, but did "Mr. Monster in the Bank" win? Last month at SummerSlam, the seemingly never-ending reign of former universal champion Brock Lesnar finally concluded, with the former - and future? - UFC heavyweight champion finally dropping the gold to perennial challenger Reigns. Naturally, the first roadblock to enter the path of "The Big Dog" since has been Strowman, who held the Money in the Bank briefcase, entitling him to a title match at anytime he so chose.

Strowman and Reigns have a long history at this point, having been a steady thorn in each other's sides for well over a year. In that time though, an interesting thing has happened. The boos for Reigns - who despite being marketed intensely at WWE's lead good guy, has long-received mixed reactions - continued to intensify, while Strowman's act of utterly destroying everyone in his path turned him into the most popular guy in WWE not named Daniel Bryan, seemingly by accident. "Get these hands" became a popular catchphrase, and before too long, "The Monster Among Men" was operating as a full-fledged babyface, teaming up with other fan-favorites like Finn Balor.

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That was until Reigns beat Lesnar for the universal title, thus making it time for him to become briefcase-holder Strowman's next target. WWE went out of its way to turn Strowman back into a heel going into Hell in a Cell, aligning with him cocky villains Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. Still, headed into the pay-per-view, most of Braun's promises to destroy Roman inside the Hell in a Cell and take his title have still been met with cheers. So, did Braun finally capture the gold after multiple shots at it, or did Reigns once again prevail?

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Sadly, at least for those fans hoping Reigns' latest title run would be a short one, Strowman did not become The Monster Among Champions. The match itself was a brutal encounter, living up to previous showdowns between the two men. Unfortunately for Roman though, he didn't succeed in beating Braun either. Instead, to the shock of everyone both in attendance and watching at home, former champion Lesnar returned to destroy both competitors. This resulted in a no contest, as neither champion or challenger could continue.

Outside of Lesnar's surprise appearance, the massive Cell structure also didn't succeed in keeping out allies of either participant. Roman's Shield buddies Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose made their presences felt, as did Ziggler and McIntyre on behalf of Braun. Rollins and Ziggler even ended up crashing down from the side of the Cell through a pair of announce tables. Conversely, Hall of Famer and special referee Mick Foley - inserted into the match on the last Raw before the pay-per-view - didn't really do much, making it feel odd he was even included. Either way, Lesnar's huge return has definitely shaken up the WWE landscape.

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