At Survivor Series, it seems that Jinder Mahal will be taking on Brock Lesnar, but what inspired WWE to stage this champion vs champion match?
This past week on SmackDown Live we were promised a blockbuster announcement from Jinder Mahal. The Modern Day Maharajah appeared on TV for the first time since his successful title defense at Hell In A Cell to issue a Survivor Series challenge. There were rumors about what that challenge was going to entail, but fans probably didn't want to believe those rumors.
It turns out, the hearsay was true. The WWE Champion issued a challenge to Raw's Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar. Pending The Beast's response on Raw this coming Monday, he and Mahal will go one on one at Survivor Series next month. It would seem that beating Shinsuke Nakamura at Hell In A Cell with (almost) no help has gone to The Maharajah's head.
Why has WWE chosen Survivor Series to have a champion versus champion match, though? According to The Wrestling Observer, it's simply to give Lesnar something to do. Apparently, The Beast is penciled in to defend his Universal Championship against Finn Balor at the Royal Rumble and they couldn't simply keep him off of TV all the way up until then. The Observer also believes that WWE doesn't consider this a big match, which doesn't bode well for Mahal. If this is true, he will likely not fair too well against Lesnar.
Not only does WWE need something for Brock to do, but they also need a way to elongate Mahal's WWE Championship reign. AJ Styles interrupted Mahal's Survivor Series announcement on Tuesday night, so it would seem The Phenomenal One is next in line for a WWE Championship shot, but they don't want him taking that title from Mahal quite yet. Fully expect a new WWE Champion to be crowned at the first SmackDown Live pay-per-view after Survivor Series though, especially after Mahal's stock plummets following his beatdown from Lesnar.
The news that WWE is planning a Brock Lesnar vs Jinder Mahal match came somewhat out of the blue this time last week, now here we are with it all but booked in the diary. While the match itself will likely not be a five-star epic, how the build unfolds and the match itself goes down will be absolutely fascinating.