Former WWE writer Kazeem Famuyide has revealed that the original plans were for Braun Strowman to beat Brock Lesnar for the vacant Universal Championship at the 2018 Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.
After Roman Reigns was forced to vacate the title due to the return of his Leukaemia, Strowman and Lesnar fought for the Championship in November 2018, with Lesnar winning the title.
However, Famuyide has revealed that the creative team had been told that Strowman would be winning his first Universal Championship in the match and had written the following Monday Night Raw with that in mind, and were forced to head back into the office to rewrite the show after Crown Jewel.
Speaking on the 'Say Less With Kaz, Lowkey and Rosy’ podcast, he said: "There was one time where we all thought a match was going — this was — man, f*ck it, I’m not working there anymore. It was in Saudi [Crown Jewel 2018] and Braun [Strowman] was supposed to beat Brock [Lesnar]. This is right after Roman [Reigns] announced he had cancer, right?
"So, Brock and Braun was supposed to fight for the world title and we had a whole Monday Night Raw written with Braun Strowman as champion and then sike, Brock Lesnar wins and then as soon as Brock wins, we all had to go back into the office, rewrite the whole show and I just thought it was some sh*t where it’s just like oh, they’re just kind of keeping us on the D.L. [down low], whatever but I didn’t know they could change like [that]."
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