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WWE Raw: New era of Brock Lesnar as Universal champion begins
Last Updated: 16/07/19 6:11am
Brock Lesnar's third spell as WWE Universal champion begins on tonight's Raw following his title win at Extreme Rules.
The Beast executed a perfect Money In The Bank cash-in to take advantage of a physically and mentally shattered Seth Rollins and avenge his WrestleMania loss by recapturing WWE's top singles title after a single F5.
With his advocate Paul Heyman having also risen to the role of executive director of Raw, Lesnar is now in a serious position of power and is likely to appear more regularly than he has in the past couple of years because his UFC career has now been concluded.
Rollins, however, is unlikely to simply accept the loss of his crown, and will almost certainly pursue some form of vengeance against Lesnar.
Their paths are seemingly destined to collide at SummerSlam but there is almost a month of action to take place between now and then, and such matters are relatively as straightforward as they seem.
The lingering issue of Baron Corbin, who gave Rollins' real-life girlfriend Becky Lynch an End of Days on Sunday night, may also still be in play. Rollins may decide to mete out some more punishment to him for that particular action...
Who next for Lynch?
Becky Lynch retained her Raw women's championship in a enormously intense mixed tag battle at Extreme Rules, recording a decisive win over Lacey Evans which should now send the sassy Southern belle away from the title picture.
But there is no obvious next contender for her crown and no obvious opponent for the second biggest event of the year, SummerSlam.
Or is there? During a recent interview with Fair Game, Lynch spoke about how she would still love a one-on-one match with a certain Ronda Rousey.
Lynch is of course the only person to have defeated Rousey in WWE, and with the 'baddest woman on the planet' suggesting in more than one YouTube video that she is missing sports entertainment, August's pay-per-view could yet find itself playing host to a mega match in the women's division.
The Club opens for business
The Club came through when it really mattered for AJ Styles, providing the timely interference that allowed The Phenomenal One to relieve Ricochet of his United States title at Extreme Rules and snap the superstar's brief reign.
Ricochet is unlikely to take the disrespect lying down, but to get his prize back, he'll have to fight his way through a crowded field of fellow contenders.
There also remains the new issue for any potential challengers to Styles' crown that he now has some very useful back-up in the form of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.