A new report has shed more light on the recent rumour that former Raw Tag Team Champion Riddle was originally meant to win the men’s Royal Rumble.
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.
A report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider 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 the third time. As it turned out, Riddle entered the match at number 20 before being eliminated by eventual winner Lesnar.
Now a new report from Fightful Select has suggested that the rumours of Riddle coming out on top may have been greatly exaggerated. The report says that “top talent and longtime names” within WWE have denied Riddle was ever considered to win the match, with Lesnar said to have been picked as the winner some two weeks before.
Riddle was reportedly never told he was going to win the Rumble match while an unnamed source said they had heard the name of a potential other winner but it was not Riddle.
The Original Bro will however be a part of the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship to be held in Saudi Arabia. He will enter the demonic structure with Brock Lesnar, Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins, Austin Theory, AJ Styles, and WWE Champion Bobby Lashley.