Brock Lesnar Cashes-In Money in the Bank Briefcase, Becomes New Universal Champion
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, July 15, 2019
WWE Extreme Rules closed with a big title change on the Raw brand as Money in the Bank winner Brock Lesnar cashed-in his briefcase to capture the WWE Universal Championship. Seth Rollins had just finished retaining his title in a grueling mixed-tag-team match that ended with him pinning Baron Corbin after Corbin had hit Becky Lynch with his finishing maneuver. An enraged Rollins charged at Corbin and attacked him before ending the match with a devastating Curb Stomp.
Paul Heyman, who announced earlier in the night that Lesnar would be cashing-in his briefcase against either WWE Champion Kofi Kingston or WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins, was telling the truth as Lesnar’s entrance music hit to some surprising cheers from the crowd.
The title change was interesting because the crowd had been vocal in how much they opposed seeing a part-time competitor like Lesnar hold a world championship belt.
Lesnar took advantage of Rollins and began to attack the champion and hit him with a german-suplex before finishing him off with an F-5 to become the new WWE Universal Champion.
Lesnar winning the championship is significant for WWE programming going forward because his advocate Paul Heyman begin his new position as Executive Director of Raw, so having Lesnar as the brand’s champion opens up many possibilities because Heyman will be heavily involved in the buildup for his title defense and maximize Lesnar’s availability with his creative direction and ideas.
It’ll be interesting to see who Lesnar defends his championship against first and whether there are any plans to change him to a babyface depending on who he’s matched up with.
Some possible SummerSlam matchups for Lesnar could be a rematch with Seth Rollins, who defeated him at WrestleMania, Braun Strowman, who defeated Bobby Lashley in an entertaining last-man standing match, or even Bobby Lashley, who although he lost, is a superstar fans have always wanted to see wrestle Lesnar in a one-on-one match.
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