WWE Hall of Famer and NXT commentator Booker T has shared his honest thoughts on the new World Heavyweight Championship.
The new title was announced by Triple H in late-April, with the WWE chief content officer stating that this titleholder will be a fighting champion, opposed to WWE Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns, who has a part-time schedule.
With this description, and the fact that Reigns has held his gold for nearly 1000 days, many have criticised the introduction of a new world title, believing that it’s a consolation prize.
Speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T defended the new strap.
Addressing claims that the World Heavyweight Championship is just a secondary title, he said:
“I don’t look at it that way, I just don’t, I just can’t, you know, find myself looking at the title being a secondary title or anything like that.
“I think pulling the trigger and separating the championship and making, you know, one (for one) brand, one for the other, I think that’s good for everybody.
“People saying that this is a secondary championship, they’ve never been in that position where they were bestowed upon them the title of champion.
“World champion. That right there for a young kid in this business is something that he dreams of forever.”
Despite the gold being Raw-exclusive, one half of the tournament for the gold will be contested on SmackDown.
The real reason why SmackDown stars are involved with the tournament has now been revealed.
On Monday’s (May 8) edition of Raw, Seth Rollins advanced to the tournament finals, which will take place at the May 27 Night of Champions event.
Here’s a recap of what happened on the May 9 episode of WWE Raw:
Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins def. Damian Priest, Shinsuke Nakamura in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Mustafa Ali def. Otis when Chad Gable and Maxxine Dupri argued and distracted Otis
Finn Balor def. Cody Rhodes, The Miz in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Brock Lesnar, who had cost Cody Rhodes the aforementioned three-way, attacked Rhodes and demanded a rematch from Backlash at Night of Champions, which Rhodes later accepted
Rhea Ripley def. Dana Brooke and was then confronted by Natalya
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn def. Giovanni Vinci & Ludwig Kaiser
Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae, Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis reunited The Way backstage, and Gargano hinted at someone else returning soon which could be Tommaso Ciampa
Zoey Stark def. Nikki Cross
Becky Lynch returned and confronted Trish Stratus
Dominik Mysterio def. Xavier Woods
Seth Rollins def. Finn Balor in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Transcription via Wrestling Inc.
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