WWE changed to matches at Survivor Series earlier this week due to injuries and title changes, but the changes definitely caught many fans by surprise.
First, WWE changed Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey vs SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch to Rousey vs Charlotte Flair due to an injury to The Man following the blue brand's invasion of the red brand on Monday Night.
The other match which WWE changed was between Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and former WWE Champion AJ Styles, as Styles lost the title to Daniel Bryan on Tuesday night. Lesnar will now face Bryan instead.
During an appearance on his Talk Is Jericho podcast, via Wrestling Inc, Chris Jericho explained why he thinks WWE and Vince McMahon decided to have Lesnar vs Bryan at Survivor Series, instead of Lesnar vs Styles.
Y2J believes Vince changed the match because he lost what should have been the main event of Survivor Series between Rousey and Lynch.
He said: “I think Vince wanted a buzz going into Survivor Series because he lost his main event which was Ronda vs. Becky.
“Stuff happens. If you see the punch that she took, oh my gosh! It didn’t look like a potato, it looked like a legitimate delivered punch to the face. But whatever, we’ll hold off for judgment on that.
“I think that once [Vince] lost his main event, because I do think Survivor Series would have main evented with Rousey vs. Becky, he needed a buzz. I want buzz-worthy. I will change the title because to him AJ and Bryan are the same.
"They’re both great workers. They’re both the same size. They’re both going to get eaten alive by Brock depending what mood Brock is in if he even wants to have a match or whatever. Because sometimes Brock will just show up and say, ‘we’ll just talk about it in the ring.’
"That’s what happened with Ambrose at WrestleMania. They didn’t even go over anything. So I think that’s why they did it.”
It's interesting that Jericho has this point of view on the situation, as reports by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter have suggested that the WWE title change on SmackDown this week was decided before it was discovered that Lynch wouldn't be able to perform at Survivor Series.
Therefore, it's worth considering that Vince may have always planned to have Lesnar vs Bryan at the show, similar to how he changed Lesnar's match at last year's Survivor Series from against Jinder Mahal, to against The Phenomenal One.
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