New WWE World Heavyweight Title Was The Reason For Night Of Champions PLE Change

WWE's decision to rebrand their late-May King and Queen of the Ring premium live event initially raised many questions. But now, the answer has become quite clear.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, with the revival of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, WWE felt compelled to also bring back the Night of Champions event name for the first time since 2015. The tradition of Night of Champions called for every main roster championship to be defended at the show, which makes it all the more fitting for WWE to crown their brand new World Heavyweight Champion there.


CCO Paul "Triple H" Levesque previously stated that the new titleholder will hold more frequent title defenses in comparison to the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns who serves on a part-time schedule. The manner in which the new champion will be crowned, such as a tournament or a gauntlet match, was not divulged. Levesque did note that potential contenders for the title will emerge after the WWE Draft, as the home for the World Heavyweight Championship will default to whichever brand "The Tribal Chief" is not designated to. With Reigns eligible to be drafted during night one of the affair (tonight), that picture will soon become apparent as well.

The vision to re-introduce the World Heavyweight Championship was reportedly pitched around the time of WrestleMania 38, when the company had merged their Universal and WWE Championships into one. As those titles were unified due to the WrestleMania match stipulation surrounding Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, the company were inclined to wait a bit before reinstating another title.