Goldberg’s reign as WWE Universal Champion will not continue as despite not defending it against his original opponent in Roman Reigns but rather Braun Strowman.
“The Monster Among Men” toppled WWE Hall of Famer in less than three minutes to win the Universal Title in a top match on the WrestleMania 36 card in Orlando, Florida.
Goldberg became the champion when he won the title from Bray Wyatt, portraying The Fiend, at the WWE Super ShowDown pay-per-view event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was scheduled to defend the gold against Roman Reigns, but it was not meant to be. The match was made official on the February 28th episode of SmackDown. Then-champion Goldberg came out for a promo and asked Who’s Next? ‘The Big Dog’ came out to the ring and accepted the challenge.
With just days until WrestleMania 36, Reigns announced his decision to pull out of the event due to health concerns. As a leukemia survivor, his immune system is weakened and he is at greater risk if he were to contract the Coronavirus.
Brown Strowman was announced as Goldberg’s opponent on Friday’s SmackDown. The nonchalant nature of this announcement just 24 hours before te pay-per-view left fans stunned.
What are your thoughts on Braun Strowman winning the Universal Title? Was this the right call by WWE officials? Sound off in the comment section.