While many felt that the Jinder Mahal project did not prove to be a good one both in the interim and in the long run, there are some who feel that him being WWE Champion was worth the try. Since winning the WWE Championship in May, Mahal successfully defended the title in feuds against Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura. Mahal would lose the title after a short feud with AJ Styles on SmackDown Live, ending his reign of six months.
While Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles looks much better on paper and sounds like more of a marquee match to many, former WWE writer Vince Russo was not happy with the decision to take the title of of Mahal.
“I don’t understand for the life of me why you would put the belt on somebody for six months, and then take it off of them without really rising their stock, making them the main-eventers that they should have been, and probably now letting them stumble back into the sea of mediocrity.”
There are theories of why Mahal lost the title. A couple of them include him failing a wellness policy and being hurt. As we previously reported, Mahal went to Instagram to deny these rumors.
To @ajstylesp1, you were the better man for one night. Six months I held the #WWEChampionship, defended it countless times, all over the world. I will one day raise the title again. To my haters and wrestling "insiders", this was NOT an experiment, I am NOT injured, I have NOT violated the wellness policy. So keep throwing shade my way , it only motivates me.
Unless Mahal wins the title back on the upcoming SmackDown Live, he is currently not scheduled to compete at Survivor Series. The option of him joining Team SmackDown Live is non-existent, as WWE announced that John Cena will fill that final spot.
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