It took just 15 months on WWE’s main roster for Kevin Owens to win the top title on “Monday Night Raw.” Owens became the WWE Universal Champion by defeating Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Big Cass in a Fatal-4-Way on Monday night.
Owens became the new champion with help from Triple H, who appeared on “Raw” for the first time since WrestleMania 32 in April. After Owens pinned Big Cass, Triple H interfered and delivered a Pedigree to Reigns outside of the ring. Once Triple H helped Rollins pin Reigns, he turned on Rollins and gave a Pedigree to his former protege, allowing Owens to get the match’s final pinfall.
Owens is the second wrestler to ever win the WWE Universal Championship, which was introduced after the brand split. Finn Balor became the first one to win it, defeating Rollins at SummerSlam. But he was forced to drop the belt the next night because of a shoulder injury that will keep him out of action for approximately six months.
It took Owens 14 years to get signed by WWE, but he’s quickly risen through the ranks since joining the company. He became the NXT Champion just two months after his debut, and he became a mainstay on “Raw” within five months. Owens defeated John Cena in his debut match, and he hasn’t missed a PPV since first appearing on the main roster.
Owens has had two reigns as the Intercontinental Champion. Of the nine wrestlers that have held the NXT Championship since it was introduced in 2012, Owens is the third to win the top belt on “Raw.”
The interference by Triple H likely means that Rollins will turn babyface. He’s been one of WWE’s top heels since he turned on Reigns and Dean Ambrose, breaking up The Shield in June 2014. A match between Triple H and Rollins is almost certain to come at some point, though WWE could hold off until WrestleMania 33.
— WWE (@WWE) August 30, 2016