Universal Championship on Smackdown: World Heavyweight Championship

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A global heavyweight title called the WWE Universal Championship was developed and advertised by WWE on the Raw channel. It was developed to compete with the WWE Championship, which was made exclusive to SmackDown when the brand extension was once again introduced on 19 July 2016 and is one of the two world championships in the company. 

About the Championship on Smackdown

The WWE Universe is recognised by the name of the title. The WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose was selected to join SmackDown during the drought that took place on the SmackDown Live debut programme on July 19, 2016, after the reinstatement of the WWE Brand Extension. On July 24, Ambrose successfully defended the championship at Battleground against Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, two Raw draftees. 


The next night on Raw, Raw commissioner Stephanie McMahon and Raw general manager Mick Foley introduced a new championship, the WWE Universal Championship, to serve as the brand’s top championship after Ambrose successfully defended the title. The title, which WWE refers to as the WWE Universe to designate to its fan base, was given that moniker, claims Foley.

WWE Summer Slam 2016 served as the debut for the championship. With a few noteworthy exceptions, the title resembles the WWE World Championship in look. The WWE logo is underlined in black on the central plate of the strap to make it stand out and signify that it is exclusive to Raw. 

Due to the belt’s resemblance to the WWE World Championship, the centre plate has a large diamond-encrusted cut-out of the WWE emblem and the words “Universal Champion” underneath it in tiny font. Each side plate, which is situated on the opposite side of the gold divider bars, has the same default side plates as the WWE World Championship and, similarly to the nameplate function, allows the champion’s logo to be changed.

Additional Information on the Championship

The Summer Slam live crowd reacted negatively to the physical title, chanting “This belt stinks,” and this opinion was shared online. It was deemed “ugly” by CBS Sports’ Adam Silverstein. The title was won by “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt of SmackDown by beating Seth Rollins in a Falls Count Anywhere match at Crown Jewel on October 31, 2019, which transferred the Universal Championship to SmackDown. After the current champion Brock Lesnar left SmackDown on November 1, the WWE Championship was later moved to Raw.

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