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SmackDown Live: Daniel Bryan turned heel and he is the new WWE Champion

Daniel Bryan is the new WWE Champion and he will face Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series on Sunday. In the last minute of the match, Bryan turned heel when he hit Styles with a low blow when the referee wasn’t looking. Then he nailed him with the running knee and pinned him. He brutally attacked Styles after the match.

It all started with an in-ring confrontation at the start of this week’s WWE SmackDown Live. This happened after Paul Heyman appeared and mentioned Bryan’s name while calling AJ Styles the 2nd best in-ring performer in the world. Bryan attacked Styles and officials broke them up. A couple of minutes later, they showed Styles and Bryan being separated backstage. Shane McMahon jumped in and announced that Styles would defend his WWE Championship in the main event.

This is a developing story. We will post an update when we hear more on why Vince McMahon made the decision to take the title off Styles. One theory that was being floated around amongst the wrestlers backstage is that McMahon felt that Styles should not lose for the second year in a row to Lesnar.

Earlier in the show, Becky Lynch picked Charlotte Flair to be her replacement on Sunday.

Here is the updated card for Survivor Series:

Champion vs. Champion match
Brock Lesnar (Universal Champion) vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Champion)

Ronda Rousey (Raw Women’s Champion) vs. Charlotte Flair

Champion vs. Champion match
Seth Rollins (Intercontinental Champion) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (United States Champion)

Champion vs. Champion match
The AOP (Raw Tag Team Champions) vs. The Bar (SmackDown Tag Team Champions)

Men’s 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match
Team Raw (Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, and Bobby Lashley with captain Baron Corbin) vs. Team SmackDown (Captain The Miz, Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio, Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy)

Women’s 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match
Team Raw (Mickie James, Nia Jax, Tamina, Natalya, Ruby Riott with captain Alexa Bliss) vs. Team SmackDown (Asuka, Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, and Sonya Deville with captain Paige)

WWE Cruiserweight Champion
Buddy Murphy (Champion) vs. Mustafa Ali

Kickoff Show – Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination Match
Team Raw (Captains Chad Gable and Bobby Roode, Lucha House Party, The Revival, The Ascension, The B-Team) vs. Team SmackDown (The Usos, The New Day, The Colons, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, SAnitY)


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