A new report claims that Seth Rollins was originally going to capture Big E’s WWE Championship at Day 1 before Brock Lesnar was added to the match.
In the run-up of WWE Day 1, it had been announced that Brock Lesnar would be taking on Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship, while Big E, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, and Bobby Lashley would clash in a Fatal Four-Way over the WWE Championship.
However, just hours before the show began, Roman Reigns announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19. This meant that not only would he not be able to compete at the event, but that Brock Lesnar was left without an opponent. WWE’s solution to this was to add Brock Lesnar to the WWE Championship match, a bout he would go on to win.
It has now been reported that Big E was always going to lose his title at Day 1. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, via Sports Illustrated, noted that, originally, it would have been Seth Rollins leaving the event as champion.
“The original plan to build for WrestleMania, whatever it was, changed greatly when Lesnar pinned Big E to win the WWE title to end Saturday’s show. The original scripted plan for the show was for Big E to lose the championship, but to Seth Rollins, who had tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and the champion instead lost his title to Lesnar as the result of another positive test.”
While Lesnar has only just become the WWE Champion, his first challenger has already been revealed.
On the January 3rd edition of Raw, Brock Lesnar was once again joined with his advocate, Paul Heyman. Lesnar mocked Roman Reigns by telling the audience to “acknowledge him” before Heyman ran down the pros and cons of his potential challengers, and took a shot at Reigns himself.
Later in the night, Bobby Lashley defeated Seth Rollins, Big E and Kevin Owens to earn a shot at Lesnar at the Royal Rumble. This will be the first time Lashley and Lesnar will meet one-on-one and is something of a dream match for many fans.