On Monday Night Raw, the first finalist for the WWE World Title tournament was determined, setting the stage for six SmackDown stars to learn their triple-threat match opponents. Triple H announced before the 2023 WWE Draft that the brand without Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns would crown a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion instead.
The tournament, featuring twelve stars, kicked off in Jacksonville, Florida, on Raw. Seth Rollins triumphed over Damian Priest and Shinsuke Nakamura in the first triple-threat match, advancing to the semi-finals alongside Finn Balor, who bested Cody Rhodes and The Miz.
However, Balor's victory was marred by controversy as Brock Lesnar removed Rhodes from the match, setting up a potential showdown between the two at Night of Champions. By the night's end, Raw's challenger for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship was confirmed when Rollins defeated Balor, securing his spot in the final at Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, SmackDown in Knoxville, Tennessee, will host the remaining two triple threat matches: one featuring Bobby Lashley squaring off against US Champion Austin Theory and Sheamus, and the other boasting a Hall of Fame-caliber lineup with Rey Mysterio, Edge, and AJ Styles.
SmackDown Bracket Showdown Looms
The victors of these two matches will face each other later that night to decide who will challenge Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The intense competition and high-stakes matchups have fans eagerly awaiting the SmackDown event to see which superstar will rise to the occasion and secure a chance at the coveted title.
The WWE World Title tournament has already generated significant buzz among the WWE Universe, with the Raw event delivering thrilling matches and unexpected twists. As the SmackDown bracket unfolds, fans can only anticipate more excitement and drama, culminating in a showdown at Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia.
Who will emerge as the ultimate victor and claim the prestigious WWE World Heavyweight Championship? The answer awaits in the ring.