At Sunday’s Clash of Champions show, Kevin Owens successfully defended the WWE Universal Championship, as he defeated Seth Rollins, with a little help from his tag team partner Chris Jericho.
Before the event, the Sun reported that there was a good chance that Triple H — who caused Rollins to lose to Owens last month — was going to get involved in the match, and, once again, cause Rollins to lose. However, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, WWE decided to have Jericho interfere because the plan is to do a three-way for the title at October’s Hell in a Cell show, where Owens will defend against both Rollins and Jericho.
Meltzer also said during his appearance on the Live Audio Wrestling podcast that the original plan was for Hell in a Cell was a three-way between Owens, Rollins, and Finn Balor. However, Balor’s title reign ended as soon as it began due to him suffering a shoulder injury during his match with Rollins at last month’s SummerSlam. Now, the idea is just to replace Balor with Jericho.
On the very same podcast, the idea of Owens defending the Universal Title against Jericho at Survivor Series was discussed. The pay-per-view will be taking place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and both Jericho and Owens are Canadian, so having the two main event the show would make a ton of sense. Of course, that would mean that Seth Rollins would be left out of the title match.
So what is there for Rollins to do if he’s not in the title match? Well, there are a few ideas going around, but, according to SportsKeeda, WWE may be planning on doing Rollins vs. Triple H in November.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter originally suggested that Triple H wasn’t going to make his return to WWE television until the NFL season ends. As many people know, the ratings for WWE’s flagship show, Raw, usually take a big hit after the return of Monday Night Football, and according to the Observer, WWE doesn’t want to waste Triple H’s big return on a show that’s going to be killed by football. But if the SportsKeeda report is correct, then we’ll be seeing Triple H make his return to WWE Raw sooner rather than later.
It’s pretty well known that the original plan for this past year’s WrestleMania was to have Seth Rollins wrestle Triple H. However, Rollins ended up blowing out his knee during a live event match with Kane, which caused him to miss the AT&T Stadium show.
As previously mentioned, there is still one Raw brand pay-per-view, Hell in a Cell, that is scheduled to take place before Survivor Series. If Triple H is going to wrestle this coming November, he’ll probably return to television on October 31, which is the night after Hell in a Cell, or on November 7, which is one week after the event.
If WWE does, in fact, decide to go to Rollins vs. Triple H early, it’ll be interesting to see what WWE’s WrestleMania plans for the two end up being. As of this writing, WWE has turned Rollins babyface, but in a “kind of, not really” way. It still seems like they’re going to turn him back into a heel once his run with Triple H is over. If that’s the case, then he could go up against Finn Balor at WrestleMania 33, as Balor told WWE.com that he hopes to return in time for next year’s big event in Orlando, Florida.
As for what Triple H will be doing there if they go to the Rollins match early, well, WWE has teased that there will be a match between the WWE COO and The Rock numerous times over the last year. So, we may get The Rock vs. Triple H at WrestleMania 33.
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