WWE’s Original Men’s Royal Rumble Winner
The Men’s Royal Rumble Matches was full of big entrants, with Drew McIntyre walking out the victor. Of the final four superstars, only McIntyre had not won a Rumble. That changed as he took out Roman Reigns to punch-in his WrestleMania 36 ticket.
Apparently, McIntyre winning was not a guarantee. On the Wrestling Observer Radio, Meltzer stated that Aleister Black was in the running for a blockbuster win.
“Aleister Black was in the running for the Lesnar match,” said Meltzer. “The decision was made to go with McIntyre, and it’s probably the right decision considering it’s probably early for Aleister Black. But, he was absolutely in the running for that decision.”
— Pablo Romero-Estevez (@PabloFnPersona) January 27, 2020
— Cenation – WWE Guy (@CenationMarian) January 27, 2020
THERE WAS A CHANCE ALEISTER BLACK WAS GONNA WIN THE ROYAL RUMBLE?!! pic.twitter.com/AYrSGesyOg
— ??????? (@melissax1125) January 28, 2020
McIntyre looked strong in the Rumble, with his performance solidifying that he is main event ready. After WWE Champion Brock Lesnar tossed out half of the participants, McIntyre was able to send him over the top rope. From there, McIntyre was able to clean house and came off strong in the process.
NXT Star Has Heat
During Rumble weekend, Brock Lesnar approached Riddle. It sounded like less of a confrontation and more of Lesnar putting the NXT star in his place.
“Yeah, he isn’t in the forefront and there’s a reason why he was in and out so quick [in the Royal Rumble]. It was more than just getting heat for Baron Corbin which is what the outcome was, but the idea was that yeah, whatever it is. I’m not there I can’t speak for his attitude. I can only speak about his performance. His performance is really good.”
The Brock thing annoyed me. We get it. He’s a “beast”. No need to give him that kinda showing at other talent’s expense. And don’t get me started on Baron Corbin eliminating Matt Riddle pic.twitter.com/di3ygqSz1n
— Amy (@Amelia_mcJ) January 28, 2020
Meltzer continued how WWE still sees potential in Riddle. Also, there is the factor that they do not want him joining All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
In the past, Riddle has butted heads with UFC’s Dana White. Then, last year, Riddle and Goldberg had issues.
Man, I’d watch a reality show where the premise is Vince McMahon teaches Matt Riddle about life.
— Bruce Mitchell (@mitchellpwtorch) January 28, 2020
If Matt Riddle really wanted to get Brock’s attention he’d take out an ad in BACKWOODSMAN MAGAZINE pic.twitter.com/e1Vl6hIeCe
— Alberto’s Mouse (@adrsmouse) January 28, 2020
I just described Matt Riddle as “what happens if you give a Labrador some weed and grant his wish to be a man” #RoyalRumble
— kate spiced latte ☕️ (@makeitloud) January 27, 2020