3 WWE Superstars who can become Universal Champion after Brock Lesnar
The Universal Championship is currently held by Brock Lesnar, and the situation is now reminiscent of his last run, as he held the title for more than a year without appearing or defending the title frequently.
Brock Lesnar won the vacant Universal Championship at the WWE Crown Jewel event against Braun Strowman in November, and since then he has not appeared much on Raw, nor did he defend the Universal Championship at the recently concluded TLC PPV.
He faced WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan, in the main event of Survivor Series last month, and has returned to obscurity since then. He is now scheduled to defend the Universal Championship against Braun Strowman at Royal Rumble.
Predicting the result of this match has become a bit confounding, given the ambiguity surrounding Brock's current status with WWE, and his possible UFC aspirations. In this slideshow, we look at various booking possibilities in the immediate future for the Universal Championship.
Here are three superstars who may hold the big red belt after Brock Lesnar.
Honorable mentions - Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley
#3 Braun Strowman
If WWE really wants its audience to believe in their promise of rejuvenated WWE programming, then they need to end the part-time Universal Championship reign of Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble PPV, and present Braun Strowman with a long-awaited victory, as another loss will definitely hamper his credibility as the top superstar.
Braun Strowman has been in pursuit of the Universal Championship for the better part of the last two years, as he challenged Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns on multiple occasions, but failed to emerge victorious.
Braun Strowman is currently scheduled to challenge The Beast Incarnate for the Universal Championship at the upcoming Royal Rumble PPV.
Analysing the current booking trends, it seems highly unlikely Braun Strowman will win the Championship at next month's PPV, as WWE seems to be adamant on having Brock Lesnar carry the Universal title at least until WrestleMania 35.
But if WWE decides to book the Raw Women's Championship match to main event WrestleMania 35, or if Brock Lesnar decides to jump ship to UFC early next year, then Braun Strowman will in all likelihood emerge victorious at Royal Rumble.