Monday Night Raw saw a shocking turn of events with Jason Jordan getting injured by Bray Wyatt and subsequently replaced by Triple H at Survivor Series.
So now, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman and Finn Balor will try to conquer Team SmackDown, and it’s anybody’s guess why WWE decided to switch Jordan out at the last minute.
PWInsider.com reported that WWE decided to go with the change over the weekend, but we await word (if it’ll ever come) on why The Game replaced Angle’s son just days before the match. For now, we can only speculate. So here are five theories as to why Triple H replaced Jason Jordan on Team Raw.
5. Triple H Called For It
The COO of WWE also happens to be the son-in-law of Vince McMahon, so Triple H obviously has a huge advantage of getting what he wants. Though he’s always been a team player, it’s possible Triple H felt the urge to put himself in the match at the last minute. Because, well, why not?
Triple H competed at house shows in South America and Europe, so he may have decided it was a good time to suit up at Survivor Series. If he called for it, there was no way Vince and the writing team would reject it.
4. Vince McMahon
It is not news when you hear reports about Vince McMahon reversing booking decisions at the last minute. It was his call to have Brock Lesnar end The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak at the last minute. It was also Vince’s decision to have Charlotte defeat Sasha Banks in the main event of last year’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
Vince still has the final call on all matches and their endings. For all we know, he could have decided to put his son-in-law on Team Raw over Jason Jordan. When in doubt, just assume Vince had something to do with it.
3. Setting Up Triple H vs. Kurt Angle at WrestleMania
Ever since Kurt Angle returned to the WWE as GM as Raw, many rumors have mentioned him and Triple H facing off at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans. It would be a a huge money-maker given how they were two of the top superstars in The Attitude Era.
Well, this is the ideal way to do it. Angle is obviously going to choose his son over Triple H and can use this Survivor Series booking as a way to rekindle his rivalry with The Cerebral Assassin.
Regardless of what happens on Survivor Series, there’s now a clear path for WWE to build up Angle vs. Triple H. The GM of Raw vs. the Chief Operating Officer of WWE. The possibilities of where to go in storyline are endless.
2. Jason Jordan’s Lack of Star Power
Jason Jordan moved to the main roster after starring at NXT. Despite having his storyline father attempting to get him over with the crowd, Jordan has failed to apply himself to the fans despite strong in-ring skills.
He’s not very good on the mic, and the fans are simply giving him the Roman Reigns treatment: Booing him as a top-notch heel while cheering for his opponents. It’s clear WWE has to shake up things with Jordan.
When you have a 5-on-5 tag team match that includes one Hall of Famer, four future ones and four of the top young superstars in WWE, Jordan doesn’t quite fit in. He hasn’t proved himself the way guys like Strowman and Nakamura have.
So the WWE could have decided to play it safe and just go with Triple H. He’s an icon to the industry and has a great past in working with guys like Shane O’Mac and John Cena. It makes way more sense to have him replace Jordan in a star-studded 5-on-5 match. No?
1. Jason Jordan Heel Turn
Last Week, Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio reported that WWE was considering having Jason Jordan turn on Team Raw and cost them the match. Though he’s not in the match, Jordan could easily interfere and lend Team SmackDown a helping hand.
With Jordan struggling to get over as a babyface, WWE may decide to give him a heel turn. He could feud with his own father which would make for a good storyline.
But my point is, it’s most likely that Jordan will pull the ultimate heel turn and betray his father and brand in this one. It doesn’t make sense to continue with Angle simply feeling remorseful for what he did to his son. He’s going to have to pay a price, so we should really expect Jordan to turn heel more than anything else.
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