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It’s been a loopy week in WWE. AJ Styles received the WWE Championship exterior of the United States—the primary time ever that the title has modified fingers abroad.
It got here on the heels of a monster push for Jinder Mahal, and it got here earlier than WWE’s tour of India in December, the place Mahal would have been acquired as a conquering hero.
Why did it occur? And what is going on on with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn this week? Here are essentially the most attention-grabbing WWE rumors that we have heard.
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The #UnderSiege badault on Raw, perpetrated by the SmackDown locker room, was one of many extra thrilling endings to Raw in current months. And since then, followers have been ready for the opposite shoe to drop. When would Raw badault SmackDown and even up the rating?
According to Randall Ortman of Cageside Seats, there are literally two extra invasions deliberate. The first shall be on Raw, the place the SmackDown locker room will invade Raw once more, and the second would be the following day, when Raw lastly invades SmackDown. That will depart the rating 2 to 1 and set up Raw because the underdogs headed into Survivor Series.
It needs to be enjoyable. The extra locker-room clearing brawls, the higher.
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Poor Hideo Itami. Injuries stored him on the sidelines for months at a time, whereas all of his NXT contemporaries had been promoted to the principle roster. Now, rumors are that Itami shall be promoted to Raw lastly, though his followers won’t just like the fantastic print.
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, Itami shall be part of the model’s floundering cruiserweight division. This is disappointing, however sadly anticipated.
Itami has misplaced a lot of his buzz over the previous couple of years, and except he can hold himself wholesome and keep off the injured record, WWE won’t have sufficient confidence in him to hold any necessary storylines.
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AJ Styles’ WWE championship win in Manchester was a shock. It’s uncommon world title modifications fingers on a non-pay-per-view. It’s rarer for it to vary fingers at a home present. But it is most uncommon for it to vary abroad. In reality, it is the primary time it is ever occurred.
According to David Meltzer, who was talking on Wrestler Observer Radio (h/t Jeremy Bennett of Sportskeeda), a probable issue to the title change was the current, low SmackDown rankings. The October 31 SmackDown episode had the third lowest ranking of any episode because the model cut up.
Mahal, regardless of being the WWE champion, not often closed the present and settled for a mid-segment as a substitute. But Styles is a future Hall of Famer, and the rankings ought to get a pleasant enhance for the title celebration subsequent week.
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It appears that, after a lot delay, the celebs have lastly aligned.
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, Roman Reigns is formally cleared to compete. It’s anticipated that WWE will announce a Survivor Series match between The New Day and The Shield on the November 19 episode of Raw.
For weeks, WWE followers have been disadvantaged of a correct Shield reunion. Kurt Angle and Triple H make good short-term substitutes to Reigns, however there’s nothing like seeing all three authentic Hounds of Justice in the identical ring on the identical time.
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And lastly, there is a rumor going round that each Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have been despatched dwelling from WWE’s European tour.
Multiple sources confirmed to Justin Barrbado of Sports Illustrated that the choice was made by Vince McMahon himself, in response to them “going into business for themselves.” Now, we could have a couple of extra particulars as to what that conduct was.
According to Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet, Owens and Zayn didn’t observe a scripted artistic determination throughout Zayn’s current match in opposition to Kofi Kingston. The two of them had been imagined to get crushed down by The New Day after the match, however as a substitute, Zayn and Owens each rolled out of the ring. You can see the second in query within the clip above at across the 1:50 mark.
If true, the 2 of them ought to know higher. WWE doesn’t take properly to anybody who places him or herself earlier than the corporate. It would not be shocking if this little act of insurrection had long-term reserving penalties down the road.