WWE Changed Plans For Both Royal Rumble Winners, Plans For WrestleMania

WWE Changed Plans For Both Royal Rumble Winners

Drew McIntyre won the men’s Royal Rumble match while Charlotte Flair won the women’s Rumble but those were not the original names planned to win at The Royal Rumble.

Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that McIntyre and Flair were not originally scheduled to win their respective Rumble matches. Original plans were for Roman Reigns to win the men’s Rumble, while Shayna Baszler was slated to win the women’s Rumble match.

“This has been confirmed. Shayna Baszler and Roman Reigns were scheduled to win the two Royal Rumbles and then as they were trying to decide what was going to happen for WrestleMania the decision was made to go with Charlotte Flair and Drew McIntyre.”

Meltzer noted that the decision to go with McIntyre and Flair was probably made around January 14th, as the smart money betting odds shifted from Baszler to Flair then.

The current plan is for McIntyre to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, while Reigns will challenge Bray Wyatt for the Universal Championship. Another big match scheduled for the event is Edge facing Randy Orton. Edge and Orton had joined forces during the men’s Rumble match, which eventually led to Edge eliminating Orton from the match.

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