In a significant development within the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Universe, the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship has been consolidated into a single, unifying championship belt. This historic change was unveiled on the June 2 episode of "SmackDown," the Friday night face-off loved by WWE fans worldwide.
He ceremoniously presented the newly designed belt as part of the festivities marking Roman Reigns' impressive 1,000-day reign as the Universal Champion, Triple H, the well-known wrestling veteran, and WWE executive. This event marks a significant milestone in Reigns' remarkable career.
Unveiling Unified WWE Championship Belt
The design of the new championship belt subtly distinguishes itself from its predecessors, signifying the retirement of both the WWE Championship and Universal Championship belts.
Introducing a single, unified championship belt had been rumored to be part of the plans for this special "SmackDown" episode, generating substantial anticipation among the fans. It was a week prior, on May 27, when Reigns reached the remarkable milestone of his 1,000th day as the Universal Champion.
His tenure with the championship belt began in 2020 when he triumphed over "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman in a high-octane Triple Threat Match during the Payback premium live event. Since then, Reigns' reign has been marked by countless successful defenses against a slew of WWE's brightest stars and by his achievement of acquiring the WWE Championship along with the Universal Title at WrestleMania 38.
While Reigns' era of dual championships seems to be coming to a close, he recently came tantalizingly close to having four championship belts in his collection. This happened at the Night of Champions Premium Live Event (PLE) last Saturday when Reigns and Solo Sikoa threw down the gauntlet to Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn for the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship.
They came within a hair's breadth of victory before an unexpected superkick from Jimmy Uso thwarted their efforts. Adding a layer of complexity to this narrative, Jimmy Uso and his brother, echoing their unexpected turn at the Night of Champions, interrupted Reigns' celebration on "SmackDown." They were quickly dealt with by their brother, Sikoa, reaffirming that in the ruthless world of WWE, alliances are often as durable as a wrestler's next move.