On Thursday, WWE announced a major change to their SmackDown Live show next week.
Originally, AJ Styles was supposed to go one-on-one with Rusev with the winner earning the final spot in Team SmackDown for their traditional Survivor Series match against Team RAW at the Survivor Series pay-per-view on November 19.
However, those plans have since changed, as Shane McMahon announced on Thursday that The Phenomenal One will now have a WWE Championship match against Jinder Mahal instead after what happened on this week's edition of SmackDown Live.
The SmackDown Live commissioner said in a tweet that because of The Modern Day Maharaja's attack on Styles on this week's show, he will now have to defend his WWE title against The Phenomenal One on next week's show.
Styles and Mahal faced each other in a non-title match in Dublin last night, and the outcome of that match could be a sign of what's to come next Tuesday night.
In the finish of the match, as you can see in the video below, The Phenomenal One managed to connect his finisher, The Phenomenal Forearm, on The Modern Day Maharaja and pin him in the middle of the ring for the three count to get the win.
This is the second time in the space of a month that Styles has managed to pin the WWE Champion cleanly, as he also won a match against Mahal during a dark match after SmackDown went off the air on October 17.
This, alongside his other clean win, 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 when the two face each other next week on SmackDown Live.
Styles definitely deserves to have the WWE title around his waist more than Mahal, so WWE fans will love it if he is able to pin the WWE Champion in the middle of the ring next week. Previous meetings between the two in dark matches and house shows indicate there's a real chance it could happen.
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