Matt Riddle clarifies comments he made about Brock Lesnar and the 2022 WWE Royal Rumble

It was previously reported that plans for the 2022 men’s WWE Royal Rumble match were changed “literally 20 times” prior to the event. It was also reported that Matt Riddle was initially going to win the match but plans were changed to have Brock Lesnar win.

During an appearance on Kurt Angle’s podcast, Riddle clarified comments he made about Lesnar “changing” plans

“I wouldn’t say if it wasn’t for Brock Lesnar [preventing him from winning the match], right, listen, doesn’t write the script. Anybody that’s been in the back knows people can be very influential. And I’m not gonna say I was guaranteed to win because anybody that’s wrestled in WWE [knows] nothing’s guaranteed. I had a United States Title that was supposed to keep [that] I lost it, me and Randy [Orton], we’re supposed to turn on each other. We didn’t. A lot of things are told to you and don’t happen, and other things happen. But yes, at one point, I was told it was a possibility that (inaudible) the Rumble and that I was gonna do a triangle to Brock and this and that. And when Brock came in the back, and Brock is Brock, there’s no I have no hard feelings. He just did the job to Bobby. He goes, ‘Hey, you guys got to do business for me. I did this good business for Bobby, and we do good business for me.’ And we’re like, ‘All right, [what are] you’re gonna do,’ and everybody was like, ‘Okay,’ and that’s what we did. We sat in, and we did our jobs.” (quote courtesy of