A new report has offered an update on speculation that Riddle was originally scheduled to win the men’s Royal Rumble match instead of Brock Lesnar.
While the men’s Royal Rumble match served up one surprise winner, a new report has suggested that it almost threw up an even more shocking winner.
After losing the WWE Championship earlier in the night, Brock Lesnar earned a measure of recompense as he entered and then won the Royal Rumble match. In the process he guaranteed himself a World Title opportunity at WrestleMania 38, and potentially the perfect opportunity to get back at the men who cost him the WWE Championship, Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman.
However, it was later suggested that things were almost very different. A report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider, claimed that former Raw Tag Team Champion Riddle was originally scheduled to win the match.
Johnson stated 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.
Despite this, a new report has claimed that the star was never in real contention for the big win. Fightful Select have noted that “top talent and long-time 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.
In addition, Riddle was never told he was winning the match, although an unnamed source said they had been told of a winner other than Lesnar, but this wasn’t Riddle.
On the latest episode of Monday Night Raw, the Original Bro won his way into a WWE Championship match inside Elimination Chamber. With victory over Otis, Riddle booked himself a shot at champion Bobby Lashley alongside Brock Lesnar, Seth Freakin’ Rollins, AJ Styles and Austin Theory.