The stage is set – perhaps. Right now, the main champion vs. champion match scheduled for Survivor Series will be Universal Champion Brock Lesnar competing against WWE Champion AJ Styles. This is barring any shakeup in the WWE Championship scene between now and November 19. The match all started when former champion Jinder Mahal challenged Lesnar at Survivor Series, claiming that he is better than the Beast. Lesnar and Heyman responded the following Raw, and the match was made official.
The match between Styles and Mahal has been brewing for weeks, being the major feud on SmackDown Live. While WWE heavily promoted the tour of India in early December, which seemed as if the belt would still be on Mahal when the time comes, there was a clear change in path after Styles won the title.
During the recent E&C Pod of Awesomeness podcast, Edge believes that this decision to make Styles the champion was “hot-shotted.” He explained his belief on this being due to the partnership between WWE and USA.
“I think there’s probably a few factors that go in. I think USA was debuting a new TV series after, and while some of you may scoff and say WWE wouldn’t change their business for that, yes they would. Shooter was debuting, and they stacked the 900th episode of SmackDown. That’s why I was there, that’s why Taker was there. They’ll do those things because they’re on the USA Network, and USA asked for a favor, so they’ll do them a favor.”
He went on to jokingly say, “nobody’s gonna change the channel after AJ Styles hit the Phenomenal Forearm, brother!”
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