Ever since WWE announced they were bringing back the Raw/Smackdown brand split, there have been more questions than answers, specifically regarding championships. Will champions be allowed to float between shows? If not, will the show without said championship be creating their own, a la the WWE Championship/World Heavyweight Championship split we had for the bulk of the 2000s?
Well, we got the answer to part of that question last week when Raw announced the creation of the WWE Universal Championship, which Finn Bálor and Seth Rollins will compete for at SummerSlam on August 21. But given that the Women’s Championship is currently around the waist of Sasha Banks, who is Raw-exclusive, what does that mean for Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss and the rest of the Smackdown women’s division?
Thankfully, new Smackdown GM Daniel Bryan provided the answer to that question during an interview earlier today with the Bear Hug It Out podcast. When asked his thoughts on Raw creating the Universal Championship in response to Smackdown currently having the World Championship, he let the cat out of the bag:
“I’m not against [Raw] creating a title. We are going to do that for the women for Smackdown Live. But we are taking our time with it to make sure that we do it right.”
Bryan also goes on to earmark American Alpha as future main-eventers, though he doesn’t mention the creation of a Smackdown-exclusive Tag Team Championship, so I hope Chad Gable and Jason Jordan are cool fighting for bragging rights every week.