According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, Brock Lesnar was not the original planned winner of the 2022 men’s WWE Royal Rumble match. Johnson noted that it was actually Matt Riddle who was initially going to win the match.
Johnson wrote the following…
“Plans were changed over the course of the week a ton of times with the final decision to have Brock Lesnar enter and win as a surprise. At one point, there was a pitch for Randy Orton to win as well, but Riddle was the frontrunner until the switch to Brock was made.”
It was previously reported that plans for the 2022 men’s WWE Royal Rumble match were changed “literally 20 times” prior to the event.
Riddle and Orton posed for fans after the Rumble PLE went off the air.
— Christine (@ShiningPolaris) January 30, 2022