The barrier between Raw and Smackdown is being demolished to a certain extent with the recent matchups taking place in WWE Live events.
During a recent weekend, it was Raw-superstar Seth Rollins who showed up all of a sudden during a Smackdown house show in Vancouver, Canada. Jinder Mahal got a standing ovation from the crowd since he is a resident of Canada for a long time. But, his celebration got cut short with a surprise appearance from Seth Rollins.
The Architect challenged Jinder for the WWE championship in which the champion retained via interference. Apart from this appearance from Rollins, John Cena is advertised for several Raw live events after his return on Smackdown on July 4th. If that’s not all, then none other than Brock Lesnar is scheduled to appear in a Smackdown show on July 29th.
WWE has recently updated the house show listings for the upcoming month. As per the updates, the show on July 29th will feature a first-ever match for the WWE Universal Championship. The Money in the Bank winner, Baron Corbin will lock horns against the beast incarnate in a clash between two of the behemoths.
The event is happening after Brock Lesnar has come out of the Great Balls of Fire PPV as the winner. It was reported earlier that the champion is the favourite to win the contest against Samoa Joe at the inaugural Raw-exclusive PPV. He is not expected to drop the title anytime soon until WWE officially announces a match between him and Roman Reigns at Summerslam.
Two more matches were confirmed for the live event set to take place in Detroit, Michigan. Both of them are championship matches. Check out the three announced matches for the event:
Baron Corbin vs. Brock Lesnar(c) – (Universal Championship)
Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal (c) – (WWE Championship)
AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens (c) vs. Sami Zayn – (United States Championship)
It was also noted by Dave Meltzer that the live event will take place in the iconic Joe Louis Arena in Detroit which will be the last WWE show at the venue. Afterwards, this arena will be reconstructed. Previously, prior to Wrestlemania, WWE has hosted a final Raw event at this arena where WWE superstars bade goodbye to this infamous place.