This past week on SmackDown Live, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal made his big announcement for Survivor Series, confirming the recent rumors surrounding his next feud in the process. At the same time as well, his next title challenger revealed himself.
On this week's episode of SmackDown, The Modern Day Maharaja challenge Universal Champion Brock Lesnar to a non-title, Champion vs Champion match at Survivor Series next month. The Beast is expected to accept the challenge next week on Monday Night RAW.
During his announcement, however, AJ Styles came down to the ring after Mahal revealed that the reason why he has issued a challenge to Lesnar is because he claims to have beaten every worthy opponent on SmackDown Live, a statement which The Phenomenal One disagrees with.
Styles then attacked Mahal and The Singh Brothers, which pretty much confirms him to be the next title challenger for The Modern Day Maharaja, whether that's before or after his match with Lesnar takes place at Survivor Series.
The Phenomenal One claims Mahal has never beaten him, which isn't true as the WWE Champion has beaten him in a match earlier this year in May in the days before the Backlash pay-per-view took place. Even Michael Cole said Mahal had never beaten Styles on commentary during the show.
However, he did get his own back in a dark match after SmackDown went off the air last night. Styles managed to pin the WWE Champion clean in the match despite The Singh Brothers being at ringside, the first time Mahal has been pinned cleanly since the start of August.
This could be a strong indication that The Phenomenal One could be the one that brings down and ends The Modern Day Maharaja's WWE title reign after over 149 days when they face each other at some point later this year, most likely at the SmackDown Live exclusive pay-per-view Clash of Champions in December.
Styles definitely deserves to have the WWE Championship around his waist more than Mahal, so WWE fans will be excited to see that he's back in the main event title picture after a couple of months away from it.