WWE fans were pretty surprised on the whole when it was revealed on Monday night that Braun Strowman was to be taken out of his Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble against Brock Lesnar.
Initially when the match was made, fans were confused as Strowman has faced the Beast Incarnate multiple times with no success.
But it turned to excitement by the end of the night as the inaugural title winner Finn Balor will face Lesnar for the first-time-ever at Chase Field for a chance to reclaim the belt he never lost.
Reports surfaced after Raw that Strowman had not been cleared to work a match against someone like Lesnar after undergoing elbow surgery nearly two months ago.
Of course the Monster Among Men was seen 'lifting Vince McMahon's limo' on Raw, it was obviously gimmicked and didn't require much physical work.
There was also the apparent reason that WWE officials didn't want him to lose to Lesnar again just a few months after the mauling he received at Crown Jewel.
With all being considered, Strowman gave a pretty surprising response when asked about being taken out of the match at the upcoming event considering how big of a match and stage it would have been.
“It’s a pretty hard pill to swallow right here right now, but at the same time I’m going to use it for fuel to the fire to continue to push the monster train along," Strowman told the Asbury Park Press, per Cageside Seats.
"Nothing’s going to stop me from reaching the top of this mountain.”
What isn't surprising though is that there will be a 'Plan B' for the event when it comes to Strowman, and it's almost-certain that he will end up in the Royal Rumble match by the time we get to next Sunday.
“I’m going to do my best to get into the 30-man Royal Rumble [match]," Strowman explained.
"Right now I know I’m not in the good graces with the boss right now with destroying his limo and stuff like that. So I might have to go in there the old fashioned way, how Braun Strowman has always got what he wanted, and do a little heavy persuading.”
Seth Rollins was a clear favourite to win the match weeks ago, but with Strowman's inclusion in the match being inevitable, odds have widened and the options for WrestleMania have opened up.