WWE Wisely Ends The Push Of Jinder Mahal To Set Up AJ Styles Vs. Brock Lesnar Dream Match
November 8, 2017 - WWE
WWE SmackDown had a ideal eventuality to pierce a many prestigious pretension from Jinder Mahal to AJ Styles.
And a blue formula took full advantage of it.
Styles degraded Mahal to recapture a WWE Championship on this week’s part of SmackDown, finale what was a tedious pretension power for Mahal that critics contend have placed him among “WWE’s misfortune universe champs ever.” Now, WWE is relocating brazen with Styles vs. Brock Lesnar as a categorical eventuality of Survivor Series, a dream compare that, if Twitter polls are any indication, a immeasurable infancy of fans would most cite over a once designed Mahal/Lesnar categorical event.
Styles was a long shot to unseat Mahal since reports indicated that Mahal was, like it or not, going to reason that WWE Championship all a approach to WrestleMania 34 next April. But a preference to transition a belt from Mahal to Styles was positively a intelligent one, and that’s not indispensably a hit on “The Modern Day Maharaja.” Although he might be an normal performer both in a ring and on a microphone, a Nov 7th book of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that Mahal’s pretension reign, notwithstanding all a critique it had received, didn’t have possibly a disastrous or certain outcome on WWE’s business.
Rather, this is about WWE not wanting to skip a golden eventuality of putting a WWE Championship on SmackDown’s biggest star and environment adult a legitimate dream compare in a process. Mahal usually happened to be in a way.
With many of WWE’s tip stars, such as Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Braun Strowman, on Raw, Styles is clearly “the man” on a blue brand, and after losing a WWE pretension scarcely a year ago during The Royal Rumble, a time was right to put it behind on him. After all, there are copiousness of reasons to trust that Styles should be a concentration of SmackDown and that Styles vs. Lesnar is a most bigger compare than Styles vs. Mahal could ever be.
After his recognition peaked final year, Styles has turn a biggest star on a blue brand. “The Phenomenal One” hold a WWE Championship for a final 4 months of 2016, and by a finish of a year, he was substantially a No. 3 sell seller in a company, formed on Google Shopping hunt information (h/t Fightful). Indications that Styles is and was an chosen sell inciter seem to be upheld by reports of his merchandise fast offered out mixed times and a fact that he is a “Featured Superstar” on WWEShop.com, that is believed to be formula word for “best sellers.”
Along a way, Styles seemed to rise into a clever ratings pull as well. By a finish of Q4 2016, when Styles had hold a WWE pretension for 4 months, SmackDown’s TV ratings had increased by 17% over a march of a year, and there’s small doubt that Styles’ good requisitioned WWE pretension power played a large purpose in that jump. Fast brazen to 2017, and YouTube viewership information hints that Styles is substantially one of WWE’s biggest draws, maybe usually behind Randy Orton as distant as SmackDown’s stars are concerned.