As we all saw on tape-delay, AJ Styles claimed the title off of Jinder Mahal last week on SmackDown. So what did our writers think about it?
It’s a love/hate reaction. I love the fact AJ Styles is once again the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, he deserves this accolade and is a one of the best main eventers on SmackDown LIVE today. However, I hate the fact that he won the title so soon before Survivor Series. I was enjoying the build up between The Beast and The Modern Day Maharaja and I actually couldn’t wait to see Jinder Mahal get the beatdown he deserved at the hands of Brock Lesnar.
But, the powers that be must know what they are doing and there probably is a pretty solid storyline heading into Survivor Series, so we will have to wait and see. Besides that, AJ Styles might end up giving Brock Lesnar more a run for his money, so to speak; so the main event match itself might be better with Styles in it.
I like it, because I really am starting to appreciate Styles more and more each time I see him wrestle. I can look at him and acknowledge that he is a worthy champion-something I had a hard time even considering about Jinder Mahal.
What I don’t like is the timing. I believe it’s happened a time or two before, but it’s not exactly a regular occurrence where you book a match, you heavily promote a match, and then with just one show left to go before a PPV, you change the match. Look, Lesnar and Styles will, no doubt, present an interesting match. But I think a lot of folks, myself included, were hoping we were going to see Mahal get clobbered by Lesnar. As bad as it could be to destroy one champion, I think a lot of fans were hoping for it.
It was certainly shocking as WWE looked ready to keep the belt on Jinder Mahal until at least the end of the year. Overall, I have nothing against AJ Styles being champion. He’s one of the most talented superstars to ever enter a WWE ring and he could easily carry the blue brand. The timing is interesting as Jinder issued the challenge to Brock Lesnar for Survivor Series and weeks away it was switched to Styles. Jinder vs. Lesnar didn’t seem special and I figured it was a great way to kill any momentum Jinder had. Now, I’m a little more invested in Sunday’s pay per view and we can always see Jinder get his rematch somewhere in the next several weeks. I would almost bet that Jinder might distract Styles and give the assist to Lesnar on Sunday.