You might have missed it, but at Survivor Series Tom Phillips announced that there will be a WWE Championship match on SmackDown Live this week.
Two weeks ago AJ Styles shocked the world and defeated Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship. His title win was one of many things that happened during the build to Survivor Series which drastically changed the card. The Maharajah was due to face Brock Lesnar in a champion-versus-champion match but The Phenomenal One naturally took his place after his title win.
For the most part, when a champion loses their title, they get a rematch shortly after to try and win the gold back. With Styles sights set firmly on The Beast Incarnate, former champion Jinder Mahal had to fall by the wayside for a couple of weeks. The Indian-Canadian Superstar has yet to have his rematch and attempt to become a two-time WWE Champion.
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Well, what flew under the radar on Sunday night was Tom Phillips on commentary announcing that Mahal had, in fact, invoked his rematch clause. SmackDown Live’s lead announcer revealed the news and that the title match would take place on this week’s SmackDown Live. So strap yourselves in as tonight on the blue brand, Mahal will face Styles for the WWE Championship.
At the time of typing this, it’s unclear as to what or who is next for the WWE Champion and his challenger following this match, but that may become a lot clearer after tonight. While Styles is a much more suitable WWE Champion than Mahal, it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that he could win the title back tonight. The switch may have only happened because the build for Mahal versus Lesnar was flat and WWE inserted The Phenomenal One into proceedings to boost interest.
Be sure to tune in to SmackDown Live tonight in order to find out whether the WWE Championship switches hands once again, plus for all the fallout from Survivor Series where Team Blue lost to Raw. With the return of Paige on Raw plus the crowning of a new Intercontinental Champion, SmackDown Live has a hard act to follow. Maybe they knew Raw’s plans on Sunday and booking a WWE Championship was a preemptive strike. It has AJ Styles so one thing is for certain, it will be a phenomenal match.
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