As famous, Braun Strowman was faraway from his scheduled title match against Lesnar at The Rumble on Monday’s RAW after an angle with Vince McMahon. The phase noticed Strowman trying to find Baron Corbin, who was hiding in a limousine. Not realizing it was McMahon’s limo, Strowman pulled a door off of the automobile. Vince appeared and fined Strowman $100,000. McMahon proceeded to take away him from the Lesnar match after Strowman argued with him. Strowman then dumped the limo over onto its aspect.
McMahon had been planning on Lesnar vs. Strowman on the Rumble since Crown Jewel, the place Lesnar defeated Strowman in a 5 minute squash match after Strowman took a belt shot from Baron Corbin before the match began. However, after that occasion, McMahon noticed that Strowman was cooling off and he did not need to beat him again. Strowman additionally received injured, which damage him and the construct to the Lesnar rematch. The plan was for Lesnar to go over Strowman at The Rumble as a result of the deliberate WrestleMania match is Lesnar against Seth Rollins. Instead of going with a foul end, McMahon determined to alter the match and get a brand new opponent for Lesnar.
According the Meltzer, WWE continued to promote Lesnar vs. Strowman to maneuver tickets, as a result of this year’s Rumble is taking place at a baseball stadium. It’s just like WWE promoting Alexa Bliss vs. Trish Stratus for final October’s Evolution pay-per-view, when that was by no means truly the plan. The match ended up being modified to Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Mickie James & Alicia Fox, though Bliss was scheduled to be in Fox’s spot, however needed to withdraw as a consequence of a respectable damage.
There weren’t a whole lot of decisions to work with Lesnar, so McMahon went with Balor. Lesnar’s matches with expertise like AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan have drawn reward, and Lesnar reportedly likes working with opponents like that. Balor, the first-ever Universal Champion, was actually scheduled to face Lesnar ultimately year’s Royal Rumble, nonetheless that plan was nixed as a consequence of McMahon feeling that Balor was not over sufficient. Meltzer famous that Lesnar needs to work with Balor, and wished to do the match with him ultimately year’s occasion.
As for Strowman, he has not been cleared but and it is not identified if he might be cleared by the Rumble.
Balor has been eager to face Lesnar for awhile, and has typically named Lesnar and The Undertaker as his two dream opponents. During an interview with Metro Sport in October of 2017, Balor mentioned why he felt a match between himself and Lesnar could be probably the most attention-grabbing for fans.
“For me as a fan rising up I cherished David vs Goliath model matches,” Balor stated. “Right now, there’s a whole lot of attention-grabbing matches that could occur in WWE proper now, however for me personally I feel that Finn Balor vs. Brock Lesnar is probably the most attention-grabbing match from a fan’s perspective that may occur proper now. It’s one thing that has by no means occurred before, with utterly completely different kinds in and out of the ring. This could be a very huge spectacle.”