In just two weeks, numerous WWE superstars will put it all on the line for a main event shot at WrestleMania 35, but there is even bigger news right now. At the start of Monday Night Raw, Braun Strowman found himself in a fit of rage which led to him destroying Baron Corbin and a limo in the back parking lot. All of that destruction resulted in Vince McMahon removing Strowman from his WWE Universal Title Match against Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble.
Raw started off with Braun Strowman coming out to the ring to talk about his match at the Royal Rumble, but he was interrupted by Corbin. As recapped by the official website of WWE, Corbin began ripping on the monster and telling him that he let all the fans down, and it led to Strowman chasing him backstage.
Upon getting backstage, Strowman ran into a lot of superstars on the roster before Elias let him know that Corbin was hiding near a limo out back. Strowman headed out and began destroying the limo with a lead pipe by breaking a window, kicking the doors, and eventually ripping one of the doors off of the car.
Corbin ended up running away, which left Strowman turning around to see Vince McMahon. The monster didn’t seem to realize who the car belonged to: the WWE Chairman and CEO.
McMahon told Strowman that the damage he did to the limo was going to cost him dearly with a fine of $100,000. Strowman told the boss that the car wasn’t even worth that much and began getting flip with Vince, which didn’t sit well with the WWE leader.
Vince told Strowman that if he wanted to raise his voice and try to be some kind of bad guy, then, he would get treated like a bad guy. At that point, Vince said that his WWE Universal Title Match at the Royal Rumble was off and that he was being pulled from the fight with Brock Lesnar.
Of course, this angered the monster, which resulted in him flipping the limo over completely onto its roof.
WHAT THE?? After damaging @VinceMcMahon's limo and refusing to pay for the damages, @BraunStrowman has been thrown out of the #UniversalChampionship Match at #RoyalRumble! #Raw pic.twitter.com/5pCm8u9DL6— WWE (@WWE) January 15, 2019
Of course, this means there is an open spot for someone to face Brock Lesnar for Raw‘s main title at the Royal Rumble. At one point, there was a cut-away interview backstage as Ethan Carter III said he would be more than happy to face Lesnar.
Later on Raw, Vince McMahon headed down to the ring to address the situation, and it caused quite a stir. That led to McMahon announcing a Fatal 4-Way between John Cena, Drew McIntyre, Finn Balor, and Baron Corbin, with the winner getting the title shot against Lesnar.
Eyes on the prize for @DMcIntyreWWE as he'll meet @JohnCena @BaronCorbinWWE & @FinnBalor in a#Fatal4Way TONIGHT on #RAW...— WWE (@WWE) January 15, 2019
Winner goes to #RoyalRumble to challenge @BrockLesnar for the #UniversalChampionship! pic.twitter.com/EnyXnboQv0
It took a lot out of him, but @FinnBalor is IN tonight's #Fatal4Way against @JohnCena @DMcIntyreWWE & @BaronCorbinWWE to determine @BrockLesnar's #UniversalChampionship challenger at #RoyalRumble! #RAW pic.twitter.com/9o0urTbX6K— WWE (@WWE) January 15, 2019
UPDATE as of 11:15 p.m. ET
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While Braun Strowman was written out of the big match at the Royal Rumble due to the limo issue, that was just for storyline purposes. It is quite likely that he has not yet been cleared to wrestle after his elbow surgery, and WWE simply needed to change up plans. Vince McMahon stepped in and now, Monday Night Raw has a Fatal 4-Way scheduled to determine the new number one contender for the Universal Championship.