On this week’s editions of both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live, we saw a pair of shocking and major changes to Sunday’s Survivor Series card. It all started with Triple H announcing himself as the final member of Team Raw, following an “injury” to Jason Jordan (after he was attacked by Bray Wyatt).
We also saw Charlotte defeat Natalya to win her first WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship. Charlotte was greeted and congratulated by her father, Ric Flair, who made his first appearance on WWE programming in nearly a year.
According to PWInsider.com (subscription required), WWE decided to make the two changes over the weekend, though details aren’t clear. It was originally reported by Andrew Ravens of eWrestlingNews.com that the plan was for Charlotte to become champion at Starrcade – six days after Survivor Series.
This week’s Raw crowd also gave a strong theory as to why WWE replaced Jason Jordan with Triple H. Despite portraying a babyface character, Jordan has been booed and rejected by most crowds in front of him. Fans were thanking Bray Wyatt and cheering when he injured Jordan following their match.
So it’s possible the creative team didn’t see Jordan worthy of a spot since the fans don’t seem interested in seeing him compete. It only makes sense to have a legend in Triple H fill in for him.
There have been a handful of changes to the Survivor Series card in the past 10 days. It was only last week where A.J. Styles became WWE Champion and earned the right to face Brock Lesnar, instead of Jinder Mahal. And this Monday, The New Day accepted The Shield’s offer to square off on Sunday.
It’s currently unknown as to why the writers only finalized the Survivor Series card just days before the show. But as long as the event lives up to the hype, we won’t be complaining.
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