A new report has claimed that a mix-up around entry numbers added to an already chaotic situation during the 2022 men’s Royal Rumble match.
In the wake of the 2022 Royal Rumble, numerous reports have suggested that all was not well backstage, especially during the men’s Rumble match. Many of the issues reportedly revolved around the involvement of Shane McMahon, who is no longer with WWE.
In the aftermath of McMahon’s departure it was noted that he clashed with numerous producers backstage as well as Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon.
Now a fresh report has revealed that a mix-up over entry numbers, one of which belonged to Shane McMahon, added to the overall confusion.
The report from Fightful Select appeared to confirm that McMahon wanted to make himself a focal point in the match, and even pitched entering the match at number one. However, Vince McMahon and Brock Lesnar weren’t happy with Shane’s plans and the WWE Chairman then made changes to the match personally. Although Shane was insistent on seeing his plans through, that didn’t end up happing.
Adding the uncertainty was a late mix-up over entry numbers. Fightful noted that McMahon was meant to enter at number 29 with Randy Orton coming in at 28, but this was reversed.
“Those near the situation say and heard Shane McMahon reacted hastily, and Orton pretty well informed him that he would in fact NOT be entering to Shane McMahon’s theme, so Shane probably needed to go out when his number was called.”
Shane McMahon began working with WWE in the late 1980’s as a referee. He later transitioned into a backstage role before returning to television during the Attitude Era. During this period he competed in a number of famous matches, performing a number of death-defying feats along the way.
McMahon left the company in 2009 announcing his resignation that October. After pursuing a number of business interests outside of wrestling, McMahon returned to his father’s company in early 2016 as an on-screen figure.
Ahead of his Royal Rumble appearance, McMahon had last wrestled at WrestleMania 37 where he was defeated by Braun Strowman in a Cage Match.