Finn Balor had to vacate the WWE Universal Championship one night after he won it at SummerSlam, which set up a fatal four-way for the championship. The match involved Roman Reigns, Big Cass, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens. Reigns and Rollins seemed like the favorites to win, but in the end it was Owens who claimed the championship – with the help of Triple H.
I think this is great. Just when we think the WWE will go with a typical finish – having Reigns or Rollins win the title – they go “OK, here’s something you didn’t see coming.”
The crowd was pleased with Owens winning the title. This creates a new dynamic on Raw. Some believe that it sets up a face turn for Rollins. I don’t know about that. Rollins can still play a jerk and have the crowd cheer for him – as can Owens. But I think we’ll see Rollins engage in a feud with Triple H – who I think will be a face and a foil to Rollins, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley.
As for Owens, I think he’ll be launched into a feud with best friendo Chris Jericho. He and Jericho’s tag team – Jeri-KO – went over on SummerSlam and didn’t show any sign of slowing down. Apparently the plans were to have Owens and Jericho feud with Balor for the title. The writers can still book Owens and Jericho, will saunter to Owens and say “Kevin, where’s my title shot. I thought we were friends.” They could throw Reigns into the mix to keep Owens and Jericho from completely destroying each other.
I know some folks will say “Owens didn’t win it cleanly.” He’s a heel. Heels are supposed to cheat and Owens is a great bad guy and he’ll just say “I won it fair and square” even though we know he’s lying. Because that’s what heels do.
So props to Owens for winning his first WWE world title – he’s been a former PWG and Ring of Honor world champion – OK Universal title, and doing so after being in the company for only two years.