A new report has claimed that Seth Rollins was originally planned to win the WWE Championship from Big E at Day 1 before Brock Lesnar was added to the match.
WWE Day 1 was a night of shocks, surprise returns and last minute changes. Ahead of the event it had been announced that Brock Lesnar would be challenging Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship, and Big E, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Bobby Lashley would be battling over the WWE Championship.
However, come show time, things were very different.
Just hours before the show began, Roman Reigns confirmed that he had tested positive for COVID-19. This meant that not only would he not be appearing on the show, Brock Lesnar now didn’t have an opponent. This caused Brock Lesnar to be added to the WWE Championship match, a bout he would go on to win.
It has now emerged that Big E was always meant to lose the WWE Title before being pinned by Lesnar. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, via Sports Illustrated, noted that original plans would have seen Seth Rollins end the night as champion.
“The original plan to build for WrestleMania, whatever it was, changed greatly when Lesnar pinned Big E to win the WWE title to end Saturday’s show. The original scripted plan for the show was for Big E to lose the championship, but to Seth Rollins, who had tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and the champion instead lost his title to Lesnar as the result of another positive test.”
While Lesnar has only held the WWE Championship for a matter of days, his first challenger has already been revealed.
On the January 3rd edition of Monday Night Raw, Brock Lesnar reunited with his advocate, Paul Heyman. Lesnar told the crowd to “acknowledge him” before Heyman ran down the pros and cons of his potential challengers, while also taking a shot at Roman Reigns.
Later in the night, Bobby Lashley defeated Seth Rollins, Big E and Kevin Owens to earn a shot at Lesnar at the Royal Rumble. Lashley and The Beast have never previously met one-on-one.