Seth Rollins was not a happy man Sunday evening, though it had nothing to do with the fact that he came up short in becoming the WWE’s first ever Universal Champion.
Instead, Rollins’ displeasure was aimed at the fans in attendance at the Barclays Center, who were more focused on voicing their discontent with the appearance of the Universal Championship itself than celebrating the two men inside the ring competing for it.
Just a few weeks after announcing it would be creating a new “world” championship exclusive to its Raw programming on Monday nights, WWE unveiled the new strap at SummerSlam Sunday. The belt was more or less identical to the current WWE World Heavyweight Championship, trading the traditional black leather strap for a red one.
It’s not entirely clear what the fans were hoping to see, but it’s safe to surmise the red belt was not it. Synchronized chants of “belt is ugly” and other similar sentiments roared through the arena, drowning out the quality of the match itself.
One of the more popular Superstars on the WWE roster, Rollins took to social media to address the situation.
“More important than a title’s appearance is what it represents for the men fighting over it,” he wrote. “You really let me down tonight, Brooklyn.”
More important than a title's appearance is what it represents for the men fighting over it. You really let me down tonight, Brooklyn.
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) August 22, 2016
A former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Rollins’ match with former NXT Champion Finn Balor – also a commonly appreciated Superstar under the WWE banner – was one of the more anticipated matches of the stacked card at SummerSlam Sunday.