WWE has the ability to change plans at the last minute and Vince McMahon doesn’t have to give any additional reason either. They planned a big moment for Braun Strowman, but that was then taken away as quickly as it was written down.
2018’s WWE Crown Jewel Saudi Arabia saw Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman battle with the Universal Title on the line. The Beast Incarnate was the defending champion, but he wasn’t supposed to leave KSA with that title.
During the ‘Say Less With Kaz, Lowkey and Rosy’ podcast, former WWE writer Kazeem Famuyide revealed that Braun Strowman was supposed to win the Universal Title in Saudi Arabia. They had everything in line for it to happen and then plans changed during the RAW before they made the big overseas trip.
“There was one time where we all thought a match was going — this was — man, f*ck it, I’m not working there anymore. It was in Saudi (Crown Jewel 2018) and Braun was supposed to beat Brock. This is right after Roman announced he had cancer, right? So, Brock and Braun were supposed to fight for the world title and we had a whole Monday Night Raw written with Braun Strowman as champion and then sike, Brock Lesnar wins and then as soon as Brock wins, we all had to go back into the office, rewrite the whole show and I just thought it was some sh*t where it’s just like oh, they’re just kind of keeping us on the DL (down low), whatever but I didn’t know they could change like (that).”
Braun Strowman is one step closer to holding a top title in WWE again. At WrestleMania Backlash, Strowman will wrestle Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre in a triple threat match. We might not know if plans changed until later on, but it’s interesting to know that Braun Strowman’s WWE career was originally supposed to include that additional run on top.
Thanks to POST Wrestling for the quote