New Report Suggests “Complete Chaos” Backstage At Royal Rumble

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Whilst the 2022 Royal Rumble is now in the books, a new report has shed some light on to how things were running backstage on the night including a source within WWE describing it as “complete chaos”.

The fallout from the Royal Rumble has led to plenty being confirmed for the upcoming Elimination Chamber event on 19th February, however the fallout from the showpiece event seems like it will continue for a while yet.

A new report detailing some of the backstage happenings includes claims that there were last-minute changes to the show, and controversy around producers including Shane McMahon.

The report from Fightful Select notes that there were “tons of extras and backups” who were on hand if needed. The list included the likes of Apollo Crews, Shelton Benjamin, Aksana, and Jillian Hall. However, NXT talent were seemingly told up to three weeks in advance that they wouldn’t be part of the showpiece event.

Fightful also confirmed that Shane McMahon was heavily involved in the Men’s Royal Rumble match, and seemingly gained a lot of heat backstage for it. Even without the impact of Shane, one source claimed it to be “the most frustrating and stressful experience of their WWE careers.”

It would seem Shane was not the only McMahon having an influence, with Vince McMahon seemingly changing the order on a number of occasions leading to people entering the ring without knowing who they were meant to be ejecting from the contest.

The Women’s Royal Rumble match also received criticism in the report, which stated that Fit Finlay was brought in for the contest as a replacement for Tyson Kidd. One participant described it as a “mess,” while one talent went as far as to say it was “complete chaos.”

In a positive to come out of the event, Drew McIntyre’s return to action was kept “very quiet”, to the point some were not aware of his involvement until it was almost time for him to walk through the curtain. He will no doubt be insulated for a while as his neck injury still requires rehab.

In the end it was Brock Lesnar who won the Men’s Royal Rumble match and will now challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at ‘The Showcase Of The Immortals’, whilst the winner of the women’s contest Ronda Rousey will announce her decision on SmackDown.