Whether you read the spoilers or not, SmackDown was truly shocking. We kept hearing about Jinder Mahal possibly holding the WWE Championship until WrestleMania and he was already booked to face Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series in a few weeks. Then AJ Styles came along and flipped everything by capturing the gold. Going forward, here’s who Jinder should face.
It wasn’t shown on TV, but Jinder Mahal took out his frustration by tossing one of the Singh Brothers into the barricade. It was tough to tell which one as the video was from a camera phone and many rows away. If it wasn’t for the Singh Brothers, Jinder would never be champion for this long. We’ve only seen the team work as heels since joining the main roster and now they have the chance to be faces. Jinder will soundly defeat them, yet they are given the chance to work with a former WWE Champion and perhaps refocus their attention towards the tag team division. [Image: Photo via WWE.com] Looking at Team SmackDown for Survivor Series, there is always the possibility that someone could be switched out last minute. If that does happen, my money would be on Bobby Roode or John Cena. I would say Roode because he’s still working on becoming a main roster champion, which is something Cena accomplished almost 15 years ago. With the Survivor Series card changing every week, don’t be surprised if Jinder Mahal attacks Roode backstage; leaving Shane McMahon with no time to find a replacement. Roode vs. Jinder could be beneficial to both wrestlers as they try to stay towards the top of the SmackDown roster. [Image: Photo via WWE.com] A year ago, people only remembered Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal as being part of the jobber stable 3MB. I don’t think anyone thought in 2017 that McIntyre and Mahal would be the top champions of their respective brands. With Adam Cole looking like the next candidate to be the NXT Championship, McIntyre could be heading back to the main roster and he could easily start a program with Jinder. Have Jinder cut one of his promos and then McIntyre appears; causing the two to argue who has become the biggest success since the group disbanded. Might not be the best feud, but it gets McIntyre back on the main roster. [Image: Photo via WWE.com] Like most champions, they have a clause in their contract about getting a rematch. For months, Jinder held the top prize on SmackDown and he deserves another shot at Styles. With Survivor Series nearing, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jinder distracts Styles at the pay per view and Brock Lesnar capitalizes for the win. That would lead to Jinder getting a rematch on SmackDown or waiting a few more weeks for the next SmackDown exclusive pay per view. Since the title change already happened on free TV, do it the same way again. The biggest perk of SmackDown now being live is the surprise factor, though WWE didn’t have that option this week. [Image: Photo via WWE.com] We learned earlier today that John Cena will be the fifth and final participant of Team SmackDown. Heading into Survivor Series, the plan was for Cena to referee Jinder Mahal vs. Brock Lesnar; with a poster even leaking last week. Something clearly happened over the last seven days as the Survivor Series card has drastically changed. Maybe Jinder will complain how he has no Survivor Series match, yet Cena gets booked despite not being on TV for over a month. I still think WWE will go ahead and book Jinder vs. Cena; it just won’t involve the title and that’s probably for the best. When Cena gets title reign number 17, it should be against someone who is a surefire candidate for the Hall of Fame. [Image: Photo via WWE.com]