Extreme Rules 2019 was an extremely solid show. Almost all matches delivered and the fans seemed to have enjoyed the show while it was going on. Be it the Kevin Owens squash of Dolph Ziggler or the tremendous sprint of a match between Aleister Black and Cesaro, the show seemed to have a lot that the hardcore fans would enjoy as well as the casuals. One match that seemed to have divided opinion down in half was the main event, which saw Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch defend the Universal and Raw Women’s Championship against Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans. This match is memorable only for the spot where Corbin hits Becky with an End of Days and Seth proceeds to murder him by hitting him with three curb stomps. After Rollins pinned Corbin, Brock Lesnar cashed in his money in the bank and won the title yet again. This latest episode of Raw saw a battle royal to crown a new number one contender, which the former champion won. We are the Wrestling Hub and today we will be talking about Why Seth Rollins is the Number One Contender for the Universal Championship?
On this latest episode of Raw Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Braun Strowman, Sami Zayn, Bobby Lashley, Rey Mysterio, Seth Rollins, Baron Corbin and Big E all competed in a battle royal to determine the number one contender to Lesnar’s title at SummerSlam. Quick eliminations started the match with the likes of Bobby Lashley, Big E and Sami Zayn left the match early, but Big E did get a big moment where he put Strowman down with a Big Ending. Rey Mysterio and Baron Corbin we’re eliminated too. Strowman, Reigns, Rollins and Orton still stood in the match, but it was soon cut to two after Rollins eliminated both Strowman and Reigns. He’d go on to eliminate Orton as well and officially booked a rematch with Lesnar for the title at SummerSlam, a few months removed from his triumph over the same man for the same title at WrestleMania.
Rollins is the guy for WWE right now and it is clear to see. He is extremely marketable and a terrific performer, but this really was an underwhelming way to make him the number one contender. It’s better than invoking a BS rematch clause, but this battle royal didn’t achieve much. WWE jumped the gun on this, as the uncertainty if Rollins can earn a rematch is something that would make for compelling TV. Now we’re going to get rinse and repeat storytelling from what happened before WrestleMania involving these two men. WWE have also booked themselves into this weird corner where they cannot give a satisfying ending to this feud because we have already seen Rollins get his long awaited victory and we have seen Lesnar disappointing everyone and killing another main roster talent to remain champion. WWE put themselves in a less than favorable position and now will reap the fruits of this.