Ladies and gentlemen, Jordan Huie of the Overtimer here, to give you the results and recaps of tonight’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw! The opening segment just came and as promised, the WWE Champion Brock Lesnar made a rare appearance to address who will be facing him at the WWE Royal Rumble. Suffice to say, it went into a very unexpected direction.
Paul Heyman explained that they had discussed who would be challenging him, discussed who would be worthy only to conclude that nobody was man enough to face him one-on-one. So ultimately they decided that everyone who wanted a piece of him could do so at the WWE Royal Rumble… and so they announced that Brock Lesnar will in fact be entering the match himself, and not only that, but he’ll be entering at #1!
You can see an excerpt of my recap of this segment below:
Heyman asked him who he thinks is worthy of stepping into the ring with the single greatest fighter in sports entertainment history and his answer was nobody, nobody on Raw, SmackDown or NXT. Warns people not to boo Brock Lesnar, not when he’s about to do something unprecedented. Teases Lesnar being in a dream match at the Royal Rumble.
Says every single solitary challenger that wants Lesnar in the Rumble can have him… because the official announcement is that his client Brock Lesnar will be entering the Royal Rumble match! Wow I didn’t expect this… Heyman even says that he’s entering the Rumble match first! Warns that anyone who enters the ring must face Lesnar, and while he’ll be entering first, he’ll be standing in the ring last! And then Heyman gives the line, that’s not just a prediction, that is a spoiler.
It’s interesting that they didn’t go into what this would actually mean. They didn’t specify that the WWE title would be on the line, as has been the case a couple of times in the past, though I’m sure many will assume this to be the case and they could well reveal that later.
But this could also be a means of setting up a title unification match at Mania if Lesnar did actually somehow be the ironman and win the whole thing. Still, I can’t help but think the most Paul Heyman way to book this (and Heyman has particular control over booking decisions that relate to Lesnar) would be to put the WWE title on the line and have Lesnar be immediately eliminated by whoever comes out at #2, thus leaving us with a guaranteed new champion and letting us wonder who it will be for the next hour or so. He loves scenarios like that.