On SmackDown Live this past week a huge spanner was thrown in the works when it comes to Survivor Series. For the first time in the company’s history, the WWE Championship changed hands outside of North America. On Tuesday night, SmackDown Live aired from Manchester, England and the show’s main event pitted AJ Styles against Jinder Mahal for his WWE Title. The Phenomenal One managed to shock the world and win the match, making him a two time WWE Champion. As mentioned, that changes the main event for Survivor Series in a week and a half’s time. Mahal was prepping to face Raw’s World Champion, Brock Lesnar. Now that Styles is WWE Champion that honor will go to him. So, what should we expect from that match now it has been changed, and for that matter what will happen during the rest of AJ Styles’ second run with WWE’s most coveted prize? We’ve taken a look at Styles’ win and planned out how we’d like to see his championship reign play out. Enjoy!
For starters, we now have a Survivor Series main event to look forward to. It took WWE a while to realize it but Jinder Mahal vs Brock Lesnar is not a match that anybody wanted to see. The Beast Incarnate against AJ Styles, however, that’s a dream match in anybody’s book. While the anticipation for the bout and the actual match itself will now be much, much better, don’t expect the outcome to be any different. Lesnar was going to beat Mahal and Brock will still be picking up a win on Nov 19, 2017, even though the match is now against Styles. The Phenomenal One can have a great match with a broomstick though, so rest assured Styles will not leave Houston next weekend looking weak.
Once the not so small matter of Lesnar versus Styles is done and out of the way, Jinder is going to come looking for his rematch, and rightly so. The Modern Day Maharajah held the WWE Championship for six months and like any other former champion, he’s owed a rematch. Rest assured, he will get that rematch but don’t panic, he won’t be winning that WWE Title back anytime soon. Six months with the belt has unquestionably raised Mahal’s stock, but fully expect to see him sink to an upper mid-card level once his rematch is done and out of the way sometime in December.
That will thankfully leave AJ Styles heading into the new year and WrestleMania season with the WWE Championship around his waist. The best wrestler on the brand should have the championship, and AJ Styles is the best wrestler on SmackDown Live. Now, the more hardcore fans among you will likely be clamoring to see our new WWE Champion defend his title against Shinsuke Nakamura. You will likely also think that match is one worthy of WrestleMania. Well, WWE probably doesn’t agree with you, although they do see that as a big match. That’s why it will take place at the 2018 Royal Rumble. It will be an early leader for match of the year, but sadly it will still not be The King Of Strong Style’s crowning moment.
That begs the question, who will Styles defend his title against at WrestleMania 34? There aren’t many names on SmackDown Live big enough to fill that slot, except one. John Cena. It won’t be the most popular choice with a lot of fans, but it’s probably the right one. Despite Styles only being a WWE Superstar for a little over two years by the time WrestleMania comes around, he and Cena have an awful lot of history. They’ve had a series of matches together, and every time they compete it has been a guaranteed hit. Cena vs. Styles is a match worthy of WrestleMania, yet we still haven’t seen it on The Grandest Stage of Them All. That will all change come WrestleMania 34.
Above all else, there’s an easy build for Cena versus Styles at WrestleMania 34. Big Match John is currently stranded on 16 World Title reigns. That means he is level for the most ever with the one and only Ric Flair. What better way and better place to win that record-breaking championship than at The Showcase of the Immortals against arguably one of John’s greatest ever opponents? It would be pretty incredible plus, you can bet your house on the match being the best one of the night. There’s no way Cena and Styles wouldn’t bring absolutely everything for a match of that magnitude.
If all of the above happens, it may seem like Styles’ second run with the WWE Championship will be a short one, but in actual fact, WrestleMania 34 is still almost five months away. That would mean Styles’ reign would almost be as long as Mahal’s, and just look at how long that felt. Cena’s teary farewell following his loss to Roman Reigns at No Mercy suggests that any matches he has from here on in will be few and far between. That means if he is going to break The Nature Boy’s record, it needs to happen soon. It’s something so big that it can only happen at WrestleMania, and if Cena has a say in who he gets to do it against chances are he will hand pick AJ Styles.
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