Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins battled in the opening match of the 2022 Royal Rumble event. This match ended in controversy and fans were livid. That was not the original plan at all.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer stated that Seth Rollins was originally scripted to lose straight-up to Roman Reigns. The DQ finish was added when Vince McMahon decided to include that chair shot beat down at the end of the match.
“The Seth match with Roman was changed several times, too. Essentially the original finish was that Roman Reigns was gonna beat Seth Rollins and I don’t know what was going to happen from there, but the who gist of the Rumble show was that Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar is the big match of the year and everything at the Rumble was to accentuate that as the big match of the year, so both had to look really, really strong.”
“Vince changed the finish was made to do all those chair shots at the end Vince thought that was too much to do Seth Rollins to destroy him like that which also led to the idea of — Shane was really pushing for Rollins in the Rumble, but when he did that beatdown the feeling was it would be really stupid for him to take that terrible beating and go into the Rumble.”
Ringside News was first to exclusively report that Seth Rollins was planned for the Royal Rumble match during a brief period of time. Thankfully, logic prevailed in that instance. Shane McMahon also has a tremendous amount of heat on him thanks to how he handled booking the 2022 Men’s Royal Rumble match.
Now creative plans for Shane McMahon have been changed for the Elimination Chamber event and it is unclear what will happen with his WrestleMania match. As Ringside News exclusively reported, Shane McMahon vs Bobby Lashley was discussed for WrestleMania, but that idea was dropped after WWE Day 1.
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