In the bustling world of professional wrestling, 2022 was a year that saw Matt Riddle’s star ascend to great heights, leaving many to believe that he was destined for the main event scene. Amidst the fervent speculation surrounding his potential rise, Riddle made a bold assertion, claiming that he was originally slated to emerge victorious in the 2022 Royal Rumble match, only for Brock Lesnar to disrupt those plans. However, recent developments have called Riddle’s assertion into question.

Matt Riddle recently disclosed that WWE had harbored intentions of having him triumph in the 2022 Royal Rumble match. However, a twist of fate unfolded as Brock Lesnar took matters into his own hands, charting a different course, and no one within the organization dared to challenge him.

To refresh your memory, in the midst of the 2022 Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar swiftly eliminated Matt Riddle and, despite losing the WWE Title earlier in the evening, emerged triumphant.

Riddle reflected on the incident during a virtual signing with Signed By Superstars, saying, “I believe – you know, it’s sports-entertainment – that I was told at one point, yeah, I was gonna win the (Royal) Rumble and everything else, and then what was it? Bobby Lashley beat Brock Lesnar because somebody came in and hit him with the belt or what have you. Then Brock came in, didn’t wanna do business with everybody, said he was winning, and then he won, and then none of the producers… nobody stood up to him, and they let him do it. I didn’t either, I didn’t either. I’m like, f*ck man, I’m just here.”


In an attempt to gain clarity on this intriguing matter, Ringside News sought the insights of a tenured member of the WWE Creative team. Their response firmly debunked Matt Riddle’s claims, stating that there was never any intention for Riddle to emerge as the Royal Rumble victor.

“Riddle was never planned to win the Rumble.”

With this revelation, the wrestling community can now hopefully put this rumor to rest once and for all. As for Matt Riddle, he continues to chart his course in the world of professional wrestling, with fans eagerly anticipating his upcoming ventures in MLW and beyond. Nevertheless, fans hope that Riddle refrains from making unfounded claims in the future.

What are your thoughts on the revelation that Matt Riddle was not originally planned to win the 2022 Royal Rumble, contrary to his earlier claim? Let us know in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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