The late decision to have Jinder Mahal drop the WWE Championship to AJ Styles on Smackdown Live has a lot of people scratching their heads. On one hand, Styles vs. Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series will be a better match but the question is why they would take the title off Mahal with less than 2 weeks until the pay-per-view?
It’s not clear why Vince McMahon changed his mind but it could be related to the sluggish Survivor Series ticket sales. As of this writing, they have yet to sell out all tickets in Houston for the pay-per-view, although there aren’t many tickets left. Everyone figured that Mahal would be the champion during next month’s tour of India. WWE may have decided to change course because, as revealed in their latest financial report, they realized that Mahal has not helped their business in India.
The media coverage in India has increased since Mahal’s push started so that could save his push, at least for the foreseeable future. I should note that there was an advertisement out in India a couple of weeks ago and it listed Mahal as a 2-time WWE Champion so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they will put the title back on him on an episode of Smackdown Live after Survivor Series.
The rumor within WWE last week was that Mahal would defend the title at WrestleMania against John Cena and that is why Cena was booked to be the special referee for Mahal vs. Lesnar with the idea being that Cena would cause Mahal to lose and that would be the start of their storyline.
For those of you that have asked about a possible injury or wellness violation, Jinder Mahal addressed those rumors. Click here to read what he said.
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