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WWE Hall of Famer Edge thinks he knows the real reason AJ Styles won the WWE title

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The wrestling world collectively rejoiced when AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal for the WWE title in Manchester, England, last week.

Not many WWE fans were enamoured with Mahal's five-month reign at the top of the SmackDown Live brand and the prospect of the Modern Day Maharaja taking on Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series wasn't pushing the needle either.

However, Styles finally dethroned Mahal during the European tour and is now set to face the Beast Incarnate on November 19.

With Lesnar's advocate, Paul Heyman, already cutting a promo in response to Mahal, it seemed that a Mahal/Lesnar programme was all systems go.

So what changed the WWE's mind?

Edge is a legend in the WWE. Although he had to retire in 2011 due to neck problems, the Rated-R superstar had a magnificent career that saw him win Money in the Bank, the Royal Rumble, the King of the Ring and an 11-time world champion.

The WWE Hall of Famer now has a podcast with his longtime tag team partner Christian - they were seven-time champions, for the record - called the Pod of Awesomeness and Edge gave some interesting insight into Styles' title win.

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“I think there’s probably a few factors that go in," Edge said. "I think USA was debuting a new TV series after, and while some of you may scoff and say WWE wouldn’t change their business for that, yes they would. Shooter was debuting, and they stacked the 900th episode of SmackDown.

"That’s why I was there, that’s why Taker was there. They’ll do those things because they’re on the USA Network, and USA asked for a favor, so they’ll do them a favor.”

In truth, there's every chance that Edge is right. The WWE is known to change their plans if they believe it can springboard their brand onto bigger things and appease their sponsors.

The fact that it created history as the first time the WWE title has been won outside of North America only added to the spectacle.

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