Braun Strowman Was Originally Planned To Defeat Brock Lesnar In 2018
Braun Strowman was originally scheduled to win the WWE Universal Championship at the 2018 Crown Jewel pay-per-view.
During the latest episode of “Say Less With Kaz, Lowke and Rosy’ podcast, former WWE writer Kazeem Famuyide stated Braun Strowman was supposed to defeat Brock Lesnar for the vacated Universal Championship at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.
The creative team mapped out Monday Night RAW to include Strowman as champion, but due to Lesnar winning the match, the show had to be rewritten.
“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].”
Brock Lesnar held the title until Wrestlemania 35, suffering a loss to Seth Rollins. Braun Strowman eventually became WWE Universal Champion after defeating Goldberg at Wrestlemania 36.