Raw will have a new representative in the champion vs. champion match against Roman Reigns at Survivor Series.
Drew McIntyre defeated Randy Orton to win the WWE Championship on Monday night. McIntyre countered out of an RKO and threw Orton off the ropes to set up a Claymore Kick for the victory.
This isn't the first time one of WWE's top titles has changed hands only days before what was supposed to be one of the biggest matches on the Survivor Series card. AJ Styles took the WWE title off Jinder Mahal on SmackDown less than two weeks out from Survivor Series 2017.
WWE teased a future confrontation between McIntyre and Reigns when the former showed up on the most recent edition of SmackDown.
Orton has been simultaneously feuding with McIntyre and "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt, as well.
Much like The Undertaker, The Fiend is a character who garners a significant reaction from fans regardless of whether Wyatt has gold around his waist. If anything, making him a world champion is counterproductive because it presents the problem of finding a sensible way for him to lose without it becoming notable for all the wrong reasons.
Removing McIntyre from the mix presumably allows Orton to shift to a solitary storyline with Wyatt in which the focus isn't on the championship—far more interesting given their past history.