In this year's edition of the Royal Rumble, which aired between Saturday night and yesterday morning (Italian time), WWE wanted to stage several surprises for its fans, from a sensational change of title, arrived when Bobby Lashley defeated Brock Lesnar for the match valid for the WWE Championship (thanks to the interference of Roman Reigns), to the victory of both royal fights, with the same Lesnar and the returning Ronda Rousey who in fact had the better of the remaining 29 opponents.
Apparently, however, there would have been a lot of heat in the backstage of the Rumble, when Vince McMahon's eldest son, Shane McMahon, who also entered the men's Royal Rumble, took care of the booking of the match, with the son of the Chairman who apparently wanted to focus much of the match on his presence, going to quarrel with numerous professionals, who instead wanted to give more space to other fighters, instead overshadowed by Shane himself.
According to what was reported by the journalists of the well-known overseas site Ringside News, Shane McMahon himself would have effectively ousted Jamie Noble from the booking of the male Rumble, taking total control of the thing, placing himself among the final men of the dispute, having more following and more importance in terms of booking of great characters such as Big E or Kevin Owens.
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Once they learned of Shane's plans, many insiders would have risen against the son of the WWE patron, going to argue loudly with him. According to some internal sources, the quarrels would have continued throughout the day on Saturday, until the airing of the event, in which in the end Shane McMahon participated as he had decided, entering as one of the last contenders and staying until the end.
Apparently, after such events, Shane would have pulled the heat of the whole WWE crew on him, with his remaining in the last four final athletes, along with Brock Lesnar, Drew McIntyre and Bad Bunny, who was the straw that has overflowed the camel's back.
He interrupted an in-ring segment featuring Vince and Stephanie McMahon and went on to face The Undertaker in a losing Hell in a Cell effort with control of Monday Night RAW at stake. Shane then took on the role of SmackDown commissioner following the brand split, where he would feud with the likes of Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and The Miz, before being dubbed "the greatest wrestler in the world" in Saudi Arabia, to the ire of fans.