For fans who are aching for the WWE to remove Jinder Mahal as the WWE Title holder and from the main event scene, we have some less-than-stellar news for you—he's slated for a champion vs champion match against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. Mahal isn't going anywhere. In fact, if a behind-the-scenes report by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is accurate, Mahal is going to be showing up in a prime spot on a prime WWE pay-per-view against a very big name opponent.
Meltzer is reporting that neither the Universal Title, nor the WWE Championship will be defended at Survivor Series, but both title holders — Brock Lesnar and Jinder Mahal — will square-off, against each other in the Survivor Series main event.
Again, if this is true, it is an interesting choice by the WWE. Mahal is hated by the WWE Universe. Most of the time that would be a good thing when playing the heel character, but the fans hate Mahal, not because he's hateable, but because fans don't think he deserves to be where he is. He's done a masterful job of redefining his WWE career, but he's not necessarily a believable champion and he's been taking away title runs from challengers like Shinsuke Nakamura.
Meanwhile, Lesnar just came off a huge victory over Braun Strowman at No Mercy and the WWE Universe is still not completely sold that was the right choice. Lesnar is part-time but marquee talent who's always on the cusp of leaving WWE for the MMA world, leaving many fans to believe Strowman should be holding the title at this moment in time.
It's rare that the WWE would choose not to have its company's two biggest titles on the line at a pay-per-view of such magnitude. But, this is the show where matches are unorthodox and teams take the stage versus individuals.
Survivor Series is set for Nov. 19, 2017, from Houston, Texas. It won't be long before the WWE starts showing signs on regular weekly programming about where they're taking this idea.