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History was made within the United Kingdom on Tuesday evening.
For these fortunate sufficient to be there to see it, the WWE Championship modified arms outdoors of North America for the primary time in its 54-year historical past in Manchester on SmackDown Live this week.
But AJ Styles’ win over Jinder Mahal wasn’t the one critical speaking level from Tuesday’s present, which did a superb job of constructing momentum as much as Survivor Series on November 19.
There have been winners and losers all throughout the evening, with Styles inevitably the largest winner.
Here’s a take a look at those that had a superb evening on Tuesday and who had one to overlook.
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It was removed from the spotlight of Becky Lynch’s profession in WWE, nevertheless it really was an all-round depressing evening in Manchester for James Ellsworth.
Not solely did he get overwhelmed in a fairly uneventful match towards Lynch, however afterwards, he was turned on by his solely ally in Carmella.
It means Miss Money within the Bank will seemingly head on with out him now. She will cope. But will Ellsworth?
His WWE profession appears to be at an fascinating deadlock. Signed initially by WWE a 12 months or so in the past after impressing as a jobber, it is arduous to think about what he does subsequent.
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Charlotte Flair did not even must step within the ring this week to make sure she had a optimistic present on SmackDown Live.
Although Natalya is at present slated to tackle Raw Women’s champion Alexa Bliss at Survivor Series, WWE has already proven it is not afraid to vary plans on the final minute.
So subsequent week, when Flair faces Natalya for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, it does not look a foregone conclusion that Natalya shall be squaring off towards Bliss.
Flair actually has all of the credentials to win that match and turn out to be champion, and the prospect of her towards Bliss is an intriguing one.
It may very well be too tempting for WWE to cross up on.
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Sadly for Rusev, it wasn’t Rusev Day on this week’s SmackDown Live. It was RKO Day.
The Bulgarian has been rising in confidence in latest weeks, and he actually appears to be getting extra over with followers on the blue model.
This felt like an amazing alternative for him to muscle his approach into the SmackDown Survivor Series group towards Randy Orton. Instead, he got here up painfully brief.
So what he does at Survivor Series appears unclear. Beyond that, there’s nonetheless the potential for Rusev to succeed on SmackDown.
However, he is now seemingly off the November 19 card. Not an amazing week for The Bulgarian Brute.
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It wasn’t only a good evening for The New Day in Manchester, it was a superb few days’ work.
Not content material with displaying up on Raw on Monday evening and laying down the gauntlet to Kurt Angle and his roster once more, they opened the present on Tuesday in nice type.
What’s extra, Kofi Kingston was victorious towards Sami Zayn within the evening’s opening bout, and subsequent week they are going to sq. off towards Zayn and his finest buddy, Kevin Owens.
It’s clear there’s nonetheless the potential for The New Day to be concerned at Survivor Series, even perhaps towards The Shield, given how they inadvertently price Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins the tag titles on Monday evening towards Sheamus and Cesaro.
And proper now, that might be a star-studded match befitting a trio on high of its sport.
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It could nicely have been one of the best match throughout his run with the WWE Championship, nevertheless it proved to be Jinder Mahal’s final as champion.
There’s nonetheless each risk Mahal might pinch the belt again subsequent week simply in time for Survivor Series. WWE had invested loads of time in constructing for Brock Lesnar vs. Mahal, not least with The Singh Brothers insulting Paul Heyman at each alternative.
But for now, if Mahal comes up brief subsequent week, it is arduous to know the place he goes subsequent.
His elevation to champion was a serious shock, and he does not match into the higher midcard as issues stand.
We must wait and see whether or not he can win again the WWE Championship earlier than Survivor Series. If he does not, this will likely nicely have been the tip of a mini period for Mahal.
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Though there may have undoubtedly been some rooting for Mahal, it felt like a preferred choice to place the WWE Championship again on AJ Styles.
He’s been one of many firm’s finest and largest imports of latest years, and he has justified the hype each step of the best way.
He’s now a two-time WWE champion, and if he will get over Mahal in an anticipated rematch subsequent week, he’ll face Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series.
With no disrespect to Mahal, that’s match feels extra worthy of headlining Survivor Series. Styles vs. Lesnar has pulling energy, whereas Mahal, who has solely lately hit the main-event scene, is maybe nonetheless too moist behind the ears to shut a present towards Brock.
As Styles identified after he gained the title on Tuesday evening, the final man to win the world title on SmackDown was none apart from Brock Lesnar. It shall be a improbable principal occasion between two guys whose paths have by no means collided if Styles can get by to Survivor Series with the title.