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Backstage news on Vince McMahon’s plans for the Royal Rumble main event (contains spoilers)

As noted on Tuesday, while it has yet to be announced by WWE, the plan is for a Triple Threat Match at the Royal Rumble with Brock Lesnar defending against Braun Strowman and Kane.

The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter has some notes on Vince McMahon’s thought process before deciding on the Triple Threat Match. McMahon made the decision on the morning of Survivor Series to scrap Finn Balor as Lesnar’s next challenger, even though Paul Heyman put over Balor just days before on Monday Night Raw.

There was a big push for a one-on-one Lesnar vs. Strowman match but McMahon killed that idea because he felt that it was not the right time to beat Strowman again. For those of you that haven’t figured it out, it’s very unlikely that Lesnar will lose at the Rumble. By adding Kane to the match, it allows them to give Lesnar a clean win without hurting Strowman. Lesnar is still scheduled to defend the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34 so Lesnar can’t lose until that time.

McMahon can always change his mind but the decision to do a Triple Threat Match was made about two weeks ago. Lesnar is scheduled to be on Raw this coming Monday so, presumably, they will make some sort of announcement for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

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