In a stunning turn of events at the 2024 Men's Royal Rumble, newcomer Bron Breakker left an indelible mark, storming the ring as the 20th entrant. In a whirlwind five-minute performance, Breakker showcased his prowess by eliminating top contenders including Jimmy Uso, Finn Balor, Ivar, and in a move that caught fans off-guard, the returning giant Omos, before being ousted by Dominik Mysterio.
Insider Dave Meltzer, on the latest episode of "Wrestling Observer Radio," shed light on the behind-the-scenes decisions that led to Breakker's memorable performance. Originally designed for Brock Lesnar, the sequence of events Breakker executed was meticulously planned for the former WWE Champion.
"Bron Breakker stepped into the shoes originally meant for Brock Lesnar," Meltzer explained. "From his entry timing to the eliminations, and even his own exit, Breakker's role was a mirror image of what was scripted for Lesnar."
Lesnar's Return Derailed
Lesnar's anticipated comeback at the Royal Rumble was sidelined due to a lawsuit against Vince McMahon, spearheaded by Janel Grant.
The lawsuit, which did not directly name Lesnar, hinted at a former UFC Heavyweight Champion renegotiating a WWE contract in 2021, leading many to speculate Lesnar's involvement. With Lesnar's unexpected departure creating a void, WWE was thrust into a challenging position to scout for an athlete who could step into the colossal shoes left behind and ensure the high-octane energy of the event remained undiminished.
Enter Breakker, a powerhouse in his own right, who, despite not being in the original lineup for the Royal Rumble, quickly became the center of attention as the company's top choice. His raw power, agility, and charisma made him a standout contender, promising to bring a fresh yet equally intense dynamic to the ring.
The narrative continuity was maintained with Dominik Mysterio eliminating Breakker, setting the stage for a potential high-stakes clash between Mysterio and the would-be entrant, Lesnar. This strategic maneuver not only preserved the storyline but also catapulted Breakker into the spotlight, marking a pivotal moment in his burgeoning career.