From the response of the WWE Universe via social media, many were much more in favor of AJ Styles being a replacement to face Brock Lesnar in the champion vs. champion match at Survivor Series instead of Jinder Mahal. The popular opinion is that Styles would be better in the ring against Lesnar than Mahal, as well as the level of star power Styles has obtained throughout his career, which makes for a better box office attraction.
However, not everyone was in favor of the decision to switch from Mahal to Styles. Namely, Booker T.
On a recent episode of Heated Conversations, Booker T explained why he does not like the Lesnar vs. Styles match, and why he prefers Mahal in that spot.
“As far as AJ Styles [vs.] Brock Lesnar; I don’t like that matchup. I don’t like that matchup. You know, Brock Lesnar is a beast. We know AJ Styles, they don’t call him the Phenomenal One for nothing… the guy is actually that good. But to step up to Brock Lesnar’s level, it’s almost like a middleweight going up against a heavyweight. A heavyweight that can move like a middleweight. So, that’s why I don’t like the balance of that one right there.”
“I think Jinder Mahal has had a great run. I think Jinder Mahal has brought legitimacy to the championship. I think with Jinder Mahal as champion, people look at the WWE Championship now as, you know, we gotta get the title off this guy. It’s almost like that Iron Sheik when he had it back in the day, and Hogan had to get it off of him. Drop the big leg drop, bring America the title back home. I like this dynamic. It’s almost like when Sgt. Slaughter had his heel run. People hated him. I love it. This is professional wrestling, what he’s doing… Jinder Mahal has done a great job, and I think he’s been a great champion.”
Booker T does not know whether Mahal will be a midcarder, go into obscurity, or become champion again, but he think it is a great idea for Mahal to win the title either before or at WWE’s tour to Mumbai, India on December 9. As of now, he is scheduled to compete against Triple H on that day.
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