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Shane McMahon Was Reportedly Set To Compete In The 2022 Elimination Chamber

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A new report confirms that Shane McMahon was originally part of the 2022 Elimination Chamber match before he was pulled after the fallout following the Royal Rumble.

The Shane McMahon situation became the biggest story in the wrestling world following his surprise appearance in the men’s Royal Rumble match. Reports suggested many backstage – including Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton – were unhappy with McMahon’s actions which led Vince McMahon sending his son home and WWE seemingly letting him go.

Now speaking on Sunday Night’s Main Event Dave Meltzer has reported that Shane McMahon was meant to be a part of the Elimination Chamber match before losing his spot to Austin Theory. This came after potential plans for a WrestleMania showdown were shelved when Vince McMahon pulled Seth Rollins from the Rumble match:

“Vince, he invited him to produce the Royal Rumble this year, like he did last year but Shane was in it this year and it just turned into a big hassle and ticked a lot of the wrestlers off and at the end of the day, Vince sent him home and he’s done.”

“So he was going to be in WrestleMania against Seth Rollins. He was going to be in the Chamber match. Austin Theory took his spot in the Chamber match. I don’t think he was going to win the Chamber match. I don’t want to say he wasn’t because I don’t know for sure.”

“I think the idea was [Shane and Seth] were going to start a feud in the Royal Rumble. They were going to continue it in the Chamber match and build to a big blowoff at WrestleMania, and Vince pulled Seth from the Rumble. So Shane got really mad because that was his program and then that’s where everything escalated from that point.”

With Shane seemingly done for the time being with WWE, plans for Seth Rollins heading into WrestleMania appear to be up in the air. Meltzer noted that original plans dating back to Day 1 would have seen Rollins head on to The Grandest Stage Of Them All as WWE Champion:

“The Seth thing is weird, because, you know, you got to remember originally, Seth was going to be champion at Mania…and that got switched when Reigns got COVID and they put the title on Brock, you know, so Seth has gotten screwed twice now..he’s getting paid the same amount either way.”

h/t WrestlingNews.co