A new report has claimed that the original plan for WWE Day 1 would have seen Brock Lesnar walk out with Roman Reigns’ Universal Championship.
Brock Lesnar was initially set to face Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at Day 1 on New Year’s Day. However, ‘The Tribal Chief’ tested positive for COVID-19 in the hours before the show so was unable to compete.
This led to WWE making the decision to add ‘The Beast Incarnate’ to the Fatal Four-Way match for Big E’s WWE Championship, which also included Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, and Bobby Lashley.
In the end, ‘The Conqueror’ lived up to his nickname, landing a devastating F5 on Big E and pinning him to become the new WWE Champion.
In a new report, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has revealed that had Brock Lesnar faced Roman Reigns at the event as originally planned, ‘The Head of the Table’ would have lost his title.
“The plan for Day 1 was that Seth was gonna be the WWE Champion coming off of the show and Lesnar was gonna be the Universal Champion coming off of the show. So Lesnar is now the Champion. Seth was going to defend the title on one of the WrestleMania nights and then Lesnar and Roman were gonna be for the other title on the other WrestleMania night.”
Reigns returned to TV on the SmackDown following Day 1, where it was announced that his former teammate in The Shield, Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins, would be his challenger for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble. Meanwhile, Brock Lesnar will also defend his title at the event against ‘The All Mighty’ Bobby Lashley.