Finn Balor A Universal Superstar, Big Change Of Plans, Lesnar Returning Dirty, Sudden WWE Title Change

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- The WWE Universe, that’s our fanbase so what do we call a world title exclusive to Raw? I can just imagine the ideas being thrown around by Vince McMahon and his writers. The Universe’s Championship. The Title of the Universe. The Uni.. How about the Universal Championship? But sir, wouldn’t universal imply the title is applicable to all brands, you know, with universal meaning not restricted to a single purpose or in this case brand? No one cares about that, we’ll call it the WWE Universal Championship! The world title for the people by the, ah forget it. Just announce the damn belt.

- So there you have it, the new world title on Raw will be the WWE Universal Championship and it will be decided in a main event match at SummerSlam with Finn Balor facing Seth Rollins. Until the latter part of Monday evening the match [at SummerSlam] was set to be Rollins vs. Roman Reigns but something made Vince McMahon call an audible at the last minute. WWE wanted flexibility with Balor’s debut and they had it and the rocket pack has been strapped around his waste. Will the universal belt be next?

- In addition the Universal Championship and the main event set for it, Nia Jax debuted, Nevillereturned (ankle), Sasha Bankswon the WWE Women’s Championship and Dean Ambrosewill be a guest on an upcoming episode of The Stone Cold Podcast. But perhaps the biggest news (or at least most interesting) of the evening…

- Brock Lesnar will return to WWE Raw next week as the company moves forward to his SummerSlam main event against Randy Orton. Forget the fact that Orton is a Smackdown superstar and it will be a Raw talent vs. Smackdown talent on a co-branded pay-per-view and let’s look to the controversy. Lesnar is facing big issues after drug tests taken on June 28 and July 9 tested positive for the banned substance clomiphene. WWE doesn’t seem to care even though they also ban clomiphene as Orton mentioned “no enhancement needed” in a promo on Lesnar Sunday night at Battleground. The one case WWE has is that Lesnar did not fail their Wellness test and even if he did, there are multiple loopholes to get around testing positive for a banned substance in WWE. A contracted performer can have a prescription that will clear them of most substances and there are some questions if part-time performers are held to the same standard of testing as an everyday talent. None of this really matters though because Brock Lesnar is coming back to WWE next week on Raw, he’s not going to have to give back any of his UFC money and it doesn’t matter what Mark Hunt thinks about it. Paul Heyman is the only question mark as he and WWE work together to hammer out a new contract.

- I don’t know why but I always think these photos Hunter posts with talent are funny:

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— Triple H (@TripleH)

He's been called the future...

...time for a new moniker. #Raw@wwebalorpic.twitter.com/n7N5PT7OsU

— Triple H (@TripleH) July 26, 2016

">July 26, 2016

">@WWE was just punctuated by a #BankStatement. Congratulations

The new era of @WWE was just punctuated by a #BankStatement. Congratulations @SashaBanksWWE!! #Raw#TrueBosspic.twitter.com/SLqdHTj5sG

— Triple H (@TripleH) July 26, 2016

">@SashaBanksWWE!! #Raw#TrueBosspic.twitter.com/SLqdHTj5sG

— Triple H (@TripleH)

The new era of @WWE was just punctuated by a #BankStatement. Congratulations @SashaBanksWWE!! #Raw#TrueBosspic.twitter.com/SLqdHTj5sG

— Triple H (@TripleH) July 26, 2016

">July 26, 2016

">@NiaJaxWWE #Rawpic.twitter.com/28g7Ev4sN2

— Triple H (@TripleH)

Being different is never a bad thing. It's what makes you unique. It's what makes you stand out... @NiaJaxWWE#Rawpic.twitter.com/28g7Ev4sN2

— Triple H (@TripleH) July 26, 2016

">July 26, 2016

- After this week’s Raw went off the air, John Cena & Dean Ambrose beat Seth Rollins & AJ Styles in a dark match main event. We explained why Cena, Ambrose and Styles, Smackdown talent, worked this bout. You can read that at this link.

- What’s the deal behind Charlotte suddenly dropping the WWE Women's Championship to Sasha Banks? We have the latest at this link. Charlotte tweeted this: ”She was the better WOMAN tonight. Enjoy the throne @SashaBanksWWE, there's still only one queen, dear. I'm coming back, be at your best.”

- WWE is live again tonight with Smackdown Live from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. No matches or segments have been announced but expect more brand identity to develop. Make plans to join our Smackdown Live “Open Thread” at 8 PM ET for streaming live results and your discussion right here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.

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