Looks like WWE is dedicated to making big headlines during their trip to the United Kingdom. A day after the Raw Tag Team Championship unexpectedly changed hands in the main event of Monday’s Raw, we have a new WWE Champion on Smackdown Live.
In a result that changes the landscape of Survivor Series — and the upcoming India tour — AJ Styles defeated WWE Champion Jinder Mahal to become the brand new (and phenomenal) WWE Champion. Here’s a clip of the finish, which you should be hastily clicking to watch already:
This is Styles’ second run with the company’s top title. The first came in September of last year, when he defeated Dean Ambrose for the WWE Championship at Backlash. Styles eventually lost the championship to John Cena at 2017’s Royal Rumble, setting up the dark ages of Bray Wyatt to Randy Orton to Jinder Mahal.
No word yet on whether Jinder Mahal will still challenge Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, but if we end up getting Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles instead, I think we can all agree that it’s a major upgrade. Styles has really excelled as a last minute replacement opponent this month, hasn’t he?
In a final funny note, this is how WWE’s app reads: “Tune in to Smackdown Live to see how this impacts Survivor Series.” I guess no matter what, Styles is bound for glory.