Earlier this week WWE made one of the most shocking creative decisions of the year.
For the past several months Jinder Mahal has reigned as WWE Champion after pulling off an upset of his own by defeating Randy Orton for the strap. "The Modern Day Maharaja" has been running rampant on Tuesday nights, alongside the Singh Brothers, during his reign as the top man in the company.
Mahal had defended his title successfully against the likes of Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura several time, as well as successfully defending his title in an impromptu match against former Money In The Bank winner Baron Corbin.
After having downed nearly every worthy challenger on SmackDown Live, Mahal took to the microphone to challenge Universal Champion Brock Lesnar to a one-on-one match at Survivor Series, playing on to the pay-per-view's (PPV's) RAW vs. SmackDown Live theme.
Mahal's challenge was accepted, however, with weeks to go until the PPV AJ Styles decided to come out and challenge "The Modern Day Maharaja" for the WWE Title. This challenge was accepted and the pair locked horns in a one-on-one match for the title on SmackDown Live earlier this week.
The match was actually taped in Manchester, England several hours before its usual air time, so the result of the match was leaked out before it aired on TV. When it was all said and done, AJ Styles pulled off a huge shocker and defeated Mahal for the WWE Title and would then replace him in his match against Lesnar.
After the match Sports Illustrated's Justin Barraso reported that it was actually Paul Heyman who was a huge advocate for Styles to win the title on SmackDown:
"In a move that considerably shakes up this year’s Survivor Series, AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal in Manchester, England yesterday on SmackDown to become the new WWE champion.
Paul Heyman was one of the advocates pushing for Styles to defeat Mahal and face Brock Lesnar at the Survivor Series on Sunday, November 19 because the match would have far more intrigue."
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter saw this report and completely refuted it by calling it "not accurate at all":
"Wow, that's not accurate at all."
What are your thoughts on the rumor that started suggesting Paul Heyman pushed for AJ Styles to win the WWE Title on SmackDown Live? Do you think WWE made the right call in making Styles the WWE Champ once again? And how long do you expect "The Phenomenal One" to reign as WWE Champ? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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