As noted on Monday, there was a very small group of people who knew about Brock Lesnar’s surprise appearance at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view.
The wrestlers were not told that Lesnar would be there. Initial reports suggested that Ali did not know that Lesnar was coming out but that is incorrect.
Dave Meltzer provided more details on Lesnar’s appearance in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Basically, he was kept away from everyone until it was time for him to go to the ring. In order to keep the plans for Lesnar from leaking out online, some people backstage were told that Ali would be winning the match. Earlier in the week, the plan was for Drew McIntyre to win the match so that would indicate that the decision to bring in Lesnar was made a week or so before the pay-per-view. The week prior on Raw, they had Sami Zayn win Braun Strowman’s spot in the match because they needed to do the angle at MITB where Zayn would be attacked backstage to leave a spot open for Lesnar.
The wrestlers in the match were told that Ali was not winning and he would end up on top of the ladder at the end of the match and an eighth wrestler would run out to knock him off before grabbing the briefcase. Aside from Ali, the wrestlers in the match were not told that it would be Lesnar. Ali was told just before the match started and he was told to keep it quiet.
The finish was scripted to get fans upset because the story is that all of the wrestlers in the match beat up their bodies only to have Lesnar win without taking a bump.
On Monday Night Raw, Paul Heyman will announce when Lesnar will cash-in his briefcase. It is widely believed that he will face Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship at Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia.
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