Dave Meltzer reported on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that the original plan was Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor for the Universal Championship to take place at the Royal Rumble. However, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has changed his mind.
Meltzer noted that the official change was made by Vince on Monday morning as he decided that Balor “isn’t over enough” for a match against Brock.
The plans for Lesnar at the Royal Rumble are now up in the air. Meltzer notes that Brock vs. Braun Strowman likely won’t be the match because they don’t want to have Strowman suffer a second loss to Lesnar.