WWE Survivor Series simply acquired a shot of adrenaline on the high of the cardboard. AJ Styles’ Tuesday evening win over Jinder Mahal means he’ll substitute The Maharaja as Brock Lesnar’s opponent in a brand-against-brand battle.
The Phenomenal One vs. The Beast Incarnate guarantees to be a thriller.
The collision of SmackDown and Raw’s high titleholders shall be a David-versus-Goliath story with heavy doses of athleticism and energy. WWE’s most compelling in-ring performer will meet its largest marquee attraction. It’s squared circle Christmas come early.
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It seemed for weeks as if Mahal vs. Lesnar was set for the Nov. 19 pay-per-view.
But Styles battled The Maharaja for the WWE Championship on the most recent SmackDown. And to the delight of screaming followers in Manchester, England, he dethroned the champ.
Now Survivor Series’ predominant occasion goes from shrug-worthy to one thing particular.
Despite the prospect of the WWE champ dealing with the common titleholder, Mahal vs. Lesnar did not really feel mbadive. The former’s underwhelming reign and common ring expertise had lots to do with that. Now in walks Styles along with his dizzying offense and out of the blue it appears to be like like we’re set to see Lesnar’s finest match since 2013 in opposition to CM Punk.
Even earlier than Paul Heyman has had an opportunity to promote it as expertly as he’s well-known for doing, this badembly feels momentous. Vaughn Johnson of Philly.com commented on the size of it:
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As for the in-ring motion, Styles’ pace and agility will marry nicely with Lesnar’s battering-ram type. It will make for a fantastic juxtaposition and a violent symphony the place every second differs vastly.
WWE hasn’t let Lesnar off the leash within the ring of late. The common champ’s final a number of matches have been in opposition to mbadive hosses: Goldberg, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman. This has resulted briefly matches akin to 2 rams smashing their horns collectively for however a couple of minutes.
AJ Styles shall be a a lot totally different opponent for Brock Lesnar than males like Goldberg.Credit: WWE.com
The format of Lesnar vs. Styles will not look something like that. Because of the scale distinction between the 2 males and the truth that The Phenomenal One must out-quick and outsmart his foe, their conflict is bound to extra carefully resemble Lesnar vs. Punk from 2013.
Plus, Styles has made a profession out of bringing out the perfect in his foe.
We simply noticed that with Mahal on Tuesday. After months of so-so showings, The Maharaja lastly got here by way of along with his opus. It’s no coincidence that Styles was on the alternative facet of the ring from him.
The Phenomenal One has been traditionally good.
WhatCulture’s Michael Hamflett wrote: “Styles has become a modern day Bret Hart. An artist that has chosen a 20×20 canvas to grace with his work.”
That artistry has led to spectacular star rankings from Dave Meltzer within the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t the Internet Wrestling Database). Not counting the 2016 Royal Rumble, the place he was within the occasion’s trademark Battle Royal, 12 of Styles’ 20 PPV matches have earned 4 stars or greater.
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He was part of an prompt traditional with John Cena. He was Roman Reigns’ opponent for The Big Dog’s absolute best. And he even elevated the previous enhancement expertise, James Ellsworth.
Styles will subsequent get to work his magic with Lesnar.
Lesnar needs to be psyched about buying and selling out Mahal for WWE’s No. 1 in-ring performer. The Beast Incarnate shall be pushed in one of many quickest matches he is been part of. And Styles is bound to promote the hell out of his German suplexes.
Survivor Series will finish with a contemporary matchup of top-tier skills, a warrior and monster crafting one thing totally different, one thing memorable, one thing nice.