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Riddle Originally Scheduled To Win Men’s Royal Rumble Match


A new report has suggested that former Raw Tag Team Champion Riddle was originally meant to win the men’s Royal Rumble match.

Despite the 2022 Royal Rumble now being firmly in WWE’s rear-view mirror, consternation around the men’s Rumble match continues aplenty. Some fans have criticised the match for a lack of surprise entrants, while some with the company have voiced their frustration with how the match was handled, commenting that the outcome was changed “20 times.”

Despite the apparent chaos behind the scenes, it was Brock Lesnar who ended the match standing tall and booking a championship match at WrestleMania. It was almost an instant comeback from The Beast who had lost his WWE Championship to Bobby Lashley earlier on the same show.

However, a new report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider has now claimed that original plans for the match would have seen Riddle crowned the winner. It’s noted that plans were changed a “ton of times” over the course of the week leading up to the show, before the decision was made for Lesnar to be the surprise winner. Although Riddle was the frontrunner until the switch to Lesnar was made.

Furthermore, at one stage a pitch was made which would have seen Riddle’s partner Randy Orton win the match for a third time.

As it turned out, Riddle entered the match at number 20 before being eliminated by eventual winner Lesnar.

In the aftermath of the event it has already been announced that Brock Lesnar will reveal the identity of his WrestleMania 38 opponent on the January 31st episode of Monday Night Raw.

Although Lesnar lost his WWE Championship at Royal Rumble to former champion Bobby Lashley, it was his long-time rival, Universal Champion, Roman Reigns who arguably cost The Beast the win.

As Lesnar was delivering an F-5 to Lashley, he also inadvertently took out the referee. This allowed Reigns to run in and deliver a Spear, before Paul Heyman turned his back on Lesnar, handing the championship belt to Reigns so he could fell The Beast.

As Heyman left with Reigns, all that was left was for Lashley to pin Lesnar and win the WWE Title.