I’d call that a perk. WrestleMania 36 has come and gone and a lot of things took place at the show. Some of the events that went down were more interesting and/or better than others, but what mattered was the fact that WWE ran the event and made a big deal out of the final match of the night nights. However, things almost went in a different direction and that seems to be a good thing.
The big finale of this year’s WrestleMania saw Drew McIntyre defeat Brock Lesnar to become the new Universal Champion. It was a changing of the guard as McIntyre won his first WWE World Title, which fans had been clamoring for since McIntyre returned to the company in 2017. McIntyre came a long way to get here, but it turns out that the original plans were rather different.
According to Tom Colohue on the Dropkick DiSKussions podcast, WWE was originally planning for a match involving Lesnar and Cain Velasquez at WrestleMania 36. However, Velasquez was pulled from the match due to a knee injury with McIntyre being chosen instead. It is not clear what was originally planned for McIntyre, or if Velasquez was going to take the title from Lesnar.
It was quite the show. Check out the podcast, plus the three people involved:
Opinion: I could see this being the case and really, the result we wound up with was the best one. Velasquez doesn’t exactly have the best upside and it is great to see McIntyre getting the push that he has worked so hard for over all these years. That isn’t something you get to see every day and it was a great moment to see take place. Velasquez wasn’t exactly thrilling, but maybe he could have done something given a bit more time.
What did you think of the title change? Did WWE make the right call? Let us know in the comments below.
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