The current booking angle for the Universal Championship on Monday Night Raw has been one of the most talked about angles across the WWE recently due to some of the decisions that have been made.
Following Roman Reigns relinquishing the Universal title to battle against leukaemia, many fans believed Braun Strowman would defeat Brock Lesnar to become the new Universal Champion at Crown Jewel.
However, that didn't happen. Instead, Strowman was screwed over by Baron Corbin after an attack from behind by the acting Raw general manager, and he eventually lost in a squash match to Lesnar after five F-5s.
Reports by PWInsider emerged after the event stating that The Monster Among Men wasn't booked to become Universal Champion as he had heat with backstages officials due to his etiquette of showing up late to events and leaving early.
Further reports by Mike Johnson of PWInsider, via Rajah, however, have stated that this is not the case. He said Strowman's issues were in the past and that at no time did he mean to imply that he is currently in the doghouse.
Johnson stated: "While discussing Strowman and why WWE has yet to go with him as Universal Champion, I discussed several things that had happened in the past with him as examples of why the company has, at times, backed off on him during periods where it appeared he was destined to be the top tier babyface.
"These were issues that were discussed as background details, not anything that was presented as “breaking news” or as issues that led into the WWE’s current booking direction.
"So, again, Braun is not dealing with any heat. He’s not being booked to be punished for anything and like everyone else who goes out and performs in a wrestling ring, he deserves better than to have stories that aren’t rooted in reality reported about him."
When The Monster Among Men will get another chance to compete for the Universal title though remains to be seen, as Lesnar isn't expected to defend the title again until 2019, either at the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania 35.
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