Paul Heyman reportedly wanted AEW star Malakai Black, then known as Aleister Black, to beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36.
At WrestleMania 36 in the main event of night two, Drew McIntyre pinned Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship for the first time. It capped off an incredible comeback for McIntyre who had been released by WWE in June 1014.
The Scottish Warrior returned to the company in April 2017 going on to win the NXT Title before winning the 2020 Royal Rumble. After eliminating Lesnar from the Rumble match McIntyre went on to claim the win, later declaring his intention to meet The Beast at WrestleMania.
However, things could have turned out very differently had Paul Heyman’s plan been taken onboard.
As well as appearing on-screen in his familiar role as Brock Lesnar’s advocate, Heyman was also working backstage as the Executive Director of Monday Night Raw during this period.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Heyman wanted Aleister Black to beat Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania and win the World Championship. Instead Black defeated Bobby Lashley in a mid-card contest.
Aleister Black remained with WWE until June 2021 when he was released alongside the likes of Braun Strowman and Ruby Riott, now known as Ruby Soho.
Speaking after his departure, Black explained that Paul Heyman had always been a big supporter of his saying he “fought tooth and nail” for him.
Black debuted with AEW just a month later and has remained undefeated ever since. Now going by the name Malakai Black, the star is currently engaged in a heated feud with Cody Rhodes.
After Brock Lesnar was defeated by McIntyre at WrestleMania he disappeared from WWE television until returning at SummerSlam in 2021. This eventually led him to a showdown with Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
The two men went to war over SmackDown’s top championship before the match broke down entirely.
Referee Charles Robinson was knocked down, as a result a Lesnar pin on Reigns was missed before Paul Heyman slid the Universal Title belt into the ring between the two stars. A literal tug-of-war ensued with Lesnar winning out before The Usos ran in to level him with duel Superkicks. This left the door open for Reigns to hit his rival with the belt with a second referee running in to count the ensuing pin.brock lesnar