The main event of WWE’s Day 1 pay-per-view saw Brock Lesnar be added to a previously announced four-way for the WWE Championship between then-WWE Champion Big E, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Bobby Lashley.
Lesnar went on to pin Big E to capture his sixth WWE Championship title, and is now set to defend the title against Bobby Lashley at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
Lashley recently spoke on WWE After the Bell, where he revealed that after he heard that Lesnar was added to the match, he pitched to be removed from it.
“The first thing I said was, I said, ‘get me out of the match.’ I said, ‘it’s a fatal 4-way, me and MVP can do something beforehand, get me out of the match’. Initially, people were like, ‘what? Are you scared of him?’ No, I’m not scared of him, it’s a match where exactly what happened, happened. He beats somebody else and got the title. So essentially he can say he beat me, Seth, Big E & Kevin right? I mean, the match is five people and I was like, ‘that’s not the way this is going down, get me out of the match’. And they were like, ‘nah, nah, you got to stay in the match,’ and I was like, ‘alright’.”
Lashley continued on, revealed that a lot of people were not happy about Lesnar’s addition to the match, but said he had to make the interactions he had with Lesnar in the match count.
“There was kind of a lot of people that were like, not happy about it, but I looked it as, ‘at first, get me out of the match, but if I’m staying in the match, then interactions we have with Brock, I have to make a statement.”
Lesnar capturing the WWE Championship was the first title change of 2022 in WWE, with more happening in the first two weeks of the year. To see a list of all championship changes in WWE for 2022, click here.
transcription via Wrestling Inc.