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Backstage News On AJ Styles Winning The WWE Title, Original Plan

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Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Regarding AJ Styles winning the WWE Title from Jinder Mahal on this week’s SmackDown, The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Styles vs. Mahal was originally scheduled for the December 17th Clash of Champions pay-per-view from Boston.

The Styles vs. Rusev match that had been planned for this week’s SmackDown was to have Styles win, making him the final member of the men’s Team SmackDown at Survivor Series.

Plans were changed and Styles won the title while free agent John Cena was announced as the final member of Team SmackDown. AJ will now face WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series but there’s no word yet on what Mahal will be doing.

Cena was set to be the special referee for Mahal vs. Lesnar and that decision was actually finalized late last week, after the Styles vs. Mahal match was announced for SmackDown.

There was speculation on Cena costing Mahal the match at Survivor Series, leading to a Cena vs. Mahal feud that could end with Cena winning the WWE Title again. WWE is not planning on doing Cena vs. Lesnar or Cena vs. Styles.

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