This time final week, we thought AJ Styles can be competing in a match to get on Smackdown’s Survivor Series crew. One week later, he is the brand new WWE champion after cleanly beating Jinder Mahal in Manchester, England.
Last Thursday, Shane McMahon tweeted that AJ Styles, as a substitute of competing for a spot on the crew, would obtain a title shot in opposition to Jinder Mahal on this week’s Smackdown.
While this raised some questions, many badumed this is able to be merely a option to maintain the Styles/Mahal feud going as we undergo the Survivor Series construct. Or possibly even a option to construct Mahal on his option to Lesnar.
However, WWE acquired to Manchester, and the 2 had a robust back-and-forth match. The Singh Brothers acquired concerned a bit, however AJ Styles was in a position to rapidly neutralize them. Even after being hit with the Khallas, Styles was in a position to get to the rope. Finally, he was in a position to hit a Phenomenal Forearm, and pinned Mahal cleanly in the course of the ring to turn into two-time WWE champion.
This is clearly a sudden shift by the WWE. While the Survivor Series match was billed as the 2 champions going in opposition to one another, the promos and storylines have been about Lesnar and Mahal. The incontrovertible fact that each have been champions was nearly secondary.
If this had been the plan, the promos concerned would have taken on a really totally different tone. So one thing modified. It might be so simple as a sudden need to outline the UK reveals as vital reveals on the calendar. It might be that one thing occurred to Jinder Mahal that necessitated him being pulled from Survivor Series. Most doubtless the reasoning will come out within the subsequent a number of days.
No matter the explanation although, this clearly places Survivor Series in a special gentle. No matter what individuals thought of Jinder’s title reign, Lesnar vs. Mahal shouldn’t be essentially the most thrilling match. Lesnar vs. AJ Styles? Yeah, that is far more thrilling.
Suddenly we’ve the beast vs. one of the best wrestler on the planet in a dream match for wrestling followers. It’s a match you could actually invoice because the marquee match of Survivor Series. You must want that it was given extra time, however it’s additionally a match that you do not actually need to construct that a lot, as a result of it is Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles.
And above this all, AJ Styles is now a two-time champ. In his years in TNA, and even New Japan, individuals watched AJ Styles and questioned what he may do in WWE. Even in most followers’ wildest desires, changing into a two time champ wasn’t on the desk. So to see that is superb. AJ Styles is actually changing into “the champ who runs the camp,” and now wrestling followers get a real dream match in Houston.
The Rest of Smackdown Live:
>>The different huge shift on Smackdown was a shift in a long-term coverage. Becky Lynch and James Ellsworth had a match, reversing course on the long-term ban on inter-gender matches. The match itself is not shocking, as this match had been teased for shut to 6 months now.
However, to have it so instantly after going so lengthy with no match is actually shocking. We’ll must see if the ban on male vs. girl violence is now fully lifted, or if this was a one-time factor for the worldwide crowd.
>>Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable beat The Usos through depend out in a tag title match. This clearly elevates Benjamin and Gable, and provides the Usos a transparent course popping out of Survivor Series.
>>Randy Orton beat Rusev in a match the place Rusev would have joined Team Smackdown if he had gained.
>>Kofi Kingston beat Sami Zayn. This got here after Shane celebrated with the New Day, over The New Day’s actions on RAW costing The Shield the titles, to start out the present.
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