The following incorporates main spoilers for the November 7 episode of Smackdown Live.
Fans in attendance on the Smackdown Live taping have been in a position to witness historical past on Tuesday in Manchester, England. Not solely was it historic, although, but it surely additionally modified what followers will see on the upcoming Survivor Series pay-per-view.
For the primary time ever, the WWE Championship has modified palms outdoors of North America. AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal in the primary occasion of the taping, turning into a two-time WWE Champion within the course of. The win dramatically modifications the match card on the upcoming Survivor Series pay-per-view, which was set to see Mahal face WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in a champion vs. champion match to headline the present.
With Styles now reigning as WWE World Champion, he’ll fill Mahal’s spot because the consultant of the blue model. The title change comes in the future after Cesaro and Sheamus defeated Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins on Raw to develop into WWE Raw Tag Team Champions. That group will now face the Usos in one other champion vs. champion match at Survivor Series.
While that is the primary time the WWE Championship has modified palms outdoors of North America, the corporate’s prime title has been switched on one other continent earlier than, albeit underneath a unique identify. On November 30, 1979, Antonio Inoki received the WWF Heavyweight Championship–renamed that 12 months from the WWWF Heavyweight Championship–after beating Bob Backlund at a dwell occasion in Tokyo, Japan.
Inoki vacated the championship per week later and Backlund regained it. In its official title historical past, WWE doesn’t acknowledge Inoki’s win. Instead, they view Backlund’s two reigns as one interrupted run as champion.
Previously, Styles held the WWE Championship for 140 days till shedding it to John Cena in January on the Royal Rumble. Survivor Series airs on the WWE Network on Sunday, November 19.