Big E became WWE Champion on last night's episode of Raw, successfully cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Bobby Lashley after his opponent's victory over Randy Orton - but WWE originally had something else in mind for the New Day man's cash-in.
Per The Mat Men Pro Wrestling Podcast's Andrew Zarian, WWE intended on having E cash-in during the 2021 Draft episode of Raw.
Zarian reported the following minutes after Raw had gone off the air:-
This was supposed to happen during the original draft date for raw.
Glad to see they stuck with the plan. #wwerawAdvertisement— Andrew Zarian (@AndrewZarian) September 14, 2021
WWE formally announced the 2021 Draft's dates during last night's show. The annual roster reshuffle will commence on the 1 October episode of SmackDown and continue on Raw's 4 October show, as originally reported by Zarian back in July.
E cashing-in on Lashley rather than Universal Champion Roman Reigns was an interesting move, given how he has spent the past few months tormenting the latter's manager, Paul Heyman, with the threat of activating his guaranteed title shot. Nonetheless, E is now a main roster World Champion for the first time in his 12-year WWE career and enjoyed an earned celebration with stablemates Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods as Raw concluded.