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Why the WWE Royal Rumble 2024 Main Event was CHANGED

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In a surprising turn of events, the WWE Royal Rumble 2024 main event underwent a significant change, leading to a fatal four-way match for the unified WWE Universal title.

Initially slated as a showdown between Roman Reigns and Randy Orton, the event now features Reigns defending his title against Orton, LA Knight, and AJ Styles.

This shift in plans has sparked considerable discussion among fans and analysts alike.

WWE Royal Rumble 2024 Main Event Original Plan: Reigns vs. Orton

The original plan for the Royal Rumble 2024 was a highly anticipated match between Roman Reigns and Randy Orton.

This matchup promised to be a highlight for the event, given the stature and fan following of both wrestlers. However, behind-the-scenes decisions led to a change in this plan.

Strategic Shift to a Fatal Four-Way

According to Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez of F4WOnline.com, the decision to move to a fatal four-way match was strategic.

The rationale behind this shift was multifaceted. Firstly, there was a reluctance to have Randy Orton lose to Roman Reigns so early, considering the potential future storyline and revenue opportunities a prolonged rivalry between the two could offer.

Secondly, LA Knight, having recently suffered a defeat at Crown Jewel, and AJ Styles, not being positioned strongly enough, were considered as additional competitors who could add unpredictability and excitement to the match.

FAQs

  • Why was the WWE Royal Rumble 2024 main event changed? The main event was changed to a fatal four-way to avoid an early defeat for Randy Orton against Roman Reigns and to add unpredictability to the match.
  • Who are the participants in the new main event? Roman Reigns will defend his title against Randy Orton, LA Knight, and AJ Styles.
  • What was the original plan for the event? The original plan was a match between Roman Reigns and Randy Orton.
  • How does this change affect future WWE storylines? This change preserves the potential for a Reigns vs. Orton rivalry and enhances the profiles of AJ Styles and LA Knight.
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