The Universal Title Match at Royal Rumble has changed!
Tonight just before Monday Night RAW went on the air, reports surfaced that we would be seeing an angle that would change a top match at Royal Rumble on January 27th.
According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, there have been in plans in place for one of the main event matches to be changed for some time, however there were no specifics given at the time. Interestingly enough, Meltzer would speculate that once other outlets got the story, they would report that the change would be because of an injury, but that’s not the case.
Since then, other outlets have indeed issued reports, one from Ringside News stating that their sources have said Braun Strowman will not be cleared in time for Royal Rumble for his scheduled match for the Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar. On top of that, WrestleVotes would also report hearing the same:
Is the Royal Rumble poster missing anything? Hearing the Lesnar / Strowman matchup may indeed be changed tonight. Braun is still not 100%.
And yet, people were yelling at us that he was “definitely” wrestling at TLC. pic.twitter.com/DWyn0ovO9M
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) January 15, 2019
RAW kicked off this evening with Mr. McMahon stepping out of his limo in the parking lot before we would go inside the arena where the aforementioned ‘Monster Among Men’ would head to the ring. Braun would discuss his upcoming shot at ‘The Beast Incarnate’, but Baron Corbin would come out and get under Strowman’s skin, leading to a chase out to the parking lot. It’s here that Braun would find Corbin hiding in Mr. McMahon’s limo, busting out a window and ripping a door off to try and get at him.
Unfortunately for Braun, Baron would escape and ‘The Monster Among Men’ would turn to see an irate WWE Chairman. Initially, Mr. McMahon would levy a $100,000 fine on Strowman, but when Braun would raise his voice Vince would take away his Universal Title opportunity.
At this time, no reason for why the change is taking place or who could challenge Brock at the Royal Rumble has been confirmed. Follow along with Mitchell’s Live RAW Report and possibly find out tonight!