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AJ Styles beat Jinder Mahal to develop into the brand new WWE champion on Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live, presumably establishing a Survivor Series match that has the wrestling world buzzing.
Styles’ victory was introduced on WWE.com, as Tuesday’s SmackDown was taped within the United Kingdom.
It was introduced in current weeks that Survivor Series would host a champion versus champion match with WWE champion Mahal taking up Universal champion Brock Lesnar.
While that kind of bout would usually be an enormous moneymaker for WWE, the apathy towards Mahal and his listless title reign meant the match was considerably overshadowed by different bouts on the cardboard, together with the conventional five-on-five Survivor Series elimination matches.
There was much more intrigue finally 12 months’s Survivor Series when Lesnar confronted Goldberg, and WWE had an opportunity to generate professional pleasure Tuesday on SmackDown.
By having Styles defeat Mahal to set the stage for the Phenomenal One versus The Beast at Survivor Series, WWE did exactly that.
After weeks of Mahal and the Singh Brothers taunting and attacking Styles, SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon gave the Phenomenal One a shot on the WWE Championship lower than two weeks earlier than the pay-per-view.
While there wasn’t a substantial amount of perception that Styles would win as a result of the truth that the construct towards the Lesnar versus Mahal had already begun, the potential for a Lesnar versus Styles match was sufficient to create real curiosity surrounding Tuesday’s match.
There is a comparatively brief record of true dream matches remaining for the Beast Incarnate, however Styles is undoubtedly on it.
Among these in WWE who’ve by no means confronted Lesnar earlier than, Styles is among the largest names, and it’s a digital badure that he’ll placed on an awesome match with the Universal champ as a result of his penchant for meshing nicely with basically everybody he steps contained in the squared circle with.
Mahal could also be a greater and extra real looking opponent for Lesnar from a physique perspective, however the Modern Day Maharaja lacks the in-ring chops wanted to hold with The Conquerer.
Even although it could be unimaginable to consider that Styles may beat Lesnar in an actual struggle, it’s simple to inform a David versus Goliath story that can create an electrical sufficient ambiance to permit the WWE Universe to look previous that.
One instance of such a scenario involving Lesnar is his SummerSlam 2013 match towards CM Punk.
Despite giving up almost 70 lbs. to Lesnar, Punk pushed him to the restrict in a No Disqualification match that stands up as one of many biggest matches in SummerSlam historical past.
Styles may placed on an identical efficiency, and it’ll go a great distance towards making Survivor Series the spectacle it ought to be.
WWE’s major purpose with Mahal as champion was clearly to make headway within the Indian market and put together for the upcoming tour in India, but it surely got here on the expense of the remainder of its worldwide viewers.
Rather than persevering with down a street that clearly wasn’t working, WWE’s decision-makers did the precise factor by giving Styles the title and setting the stage for a Survivor Series match that would develop into the stuff of legends.
Lesnar versus Styles is a match that fairly probably may go down in WWE historical past as an all-time nice, and the mere proven fact that it’s now on the desk means Survivor Series has an opportunity to be the very best pay-per-view of 2017.
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