Erick Redbeard (Erick Rowan) has revealed the original plan for his ‘caged beast’ storyline that began in November 2019.
After moving to Raw in the 2019 WWE Draft, Redbeard began to carry a cage with a covering, and would get protective when anyone would try to look inside the cage.
The storyline abruptly ended when Drew McIntyre crushed what had been revealed to be a spider in the cage, in March 2020.
Speaking on the Wrestle Buddy podcast , Redbeard revealed that Seth Rollins was originally slated to kill the beast.
Criticising the storyline, Redbeard said:
“Originally, it (caged beast story) was supposed to lead to a feud with Seth (Rollins), involving the death of a rat accidentally which intrigued me as a character because you get the big guy who has to deal with this grief and then come to terms with this grief.
“Yeah (Seth was supposed to ‘kill it’) and why would you not wanna feud with Seth in something that could have meant something? But then obviously, he went from babyface to heel maybe like two weeks after the fact so then that whole thing got dropped and then they just didn’t know what was in the cage.
“They kept giving me TV time which you can’t get mad with TV time. You know, but how many people can you squash and not continue to tell the story. So, you know, to me it just got old and repetitive and you thought it’d make every squash match a little different and tell a little bit more story of the cage but you know, sometimes I wasn’t allowed to.
Redbeard was released from his WWE contract in April 2020. The former Wyatt Family member has made several appearances for AEW since, most recently teaming with PAC & Penta Oscuro against the House of Black during the Revolution pay-per-view pre-show.
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