Many people were looking forward to AJ Styles v. Rusev, myself included. The two men have never had a one-on-one match before. Unfortunately, that dream match is being saved for another time.
In a shocking shocker of a shock, Shane McMahon announced that Jinder would defend his WWE Championship against AJ Styles next week. There are many rumors, of course. Some are suggesting a wellness violation. Others say Jinder’s hurt. Some even say that Brock Lesnar is refusing to face the Modern Day Maharajah. Of course, we have no clue yet what is and isn’t true. We just have to accept the facts that we have. And right now all the facts are seemingly pointing to AJ defeating Jinder Mahal and becoming a two-time WWE Champion.
Let’s assume Styles wins. What are the possible pros and cons of this situation? Let’s try and find out.
One of the rumors being thrown around consistently is that Jinder is working hurt. He denied this to ESPN, but various people have claimed he’s wearing that weird muscle tape during dark matches and events. You know the tape Cesaro wears? Yeah, people are saying that’s what Jinder’s got.
Everyone knows that working through an injury is potentially dangerous. They just pile up and pile up, and bam. Suddenly, your leg is broken, or you have nerve damage, or you have a slipped disk. These things accumulate. It happens to a lot of people.
On one hand, if this is true, then you have to feel kind of bad for Jinder. He was given the ball and he ran with it. He really is working hard with what he’s been given. If he had to give up his spot prematurely, it must hurt a little bit. Jinder knows where he once was on the card. Lord only knows if and when Jinder is going to become a champion ever again.
If the supposed injury requires him dropping the title, then he needs to rest. He can allow his body to heal, take some time off with his family, and maybe even come back better. He can come back refreshed.
Both AJ Styles and Brock Lesnar are undeniable super athletes. They’re nigh untouchable. They are two of the best wrestlers in the WWE right now and they’ve never faced each other. Think about that for a moment.
While many would be pessimistic about such a big money match-up, Brock is capable of having good matches when he likes his opponent. Think Samoa Joe. Think Goldberg. Sure, Orton and Ambrose have failed to have good matches with Brock “Beast ‘Conqueror’ Incarnate” Lesnar, Styles seems like the kind of guy Brock would have a good match with.
I think the most effective way to book the match would be to book it like Punk v. Lesnar. Yes, Punk was smaller, but he was faster and more cunning than Lesnar. He used the weapons as an equalizer. While the Survivor Series match may just be a normal singles match, it should at least be competitive. No Suplex City. Or at least keep it to a minimum (Suplex Village? Suplex Town? Suplex Shack in the Middle of Nowhere?)
Brock and AJ are two of the most talented performers in the WWE today. This is a true dream match. Hopefully they can pull the best out of each other at Survivor Series. Brock’s had a pretty good 2017 (minus the Strowman match). Styles’s 2017 hasn’t been too shabby either. He’s just had three dream matches in the span of a month (Balor, Singh, Singh). Let’s add a fourth one to that list.