WWE made the following announcement regarding next week’s episode of SmackDown Live:
AJ Styles will challenge Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship this Tuesday on SmackDown LIVE from Manchester, England, in a bout that has major Survivor Series implications.
SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon made the announcement on Twitter Thursday afternoon, as a result of Mahal’s savage attack on Styles this past Tuesday.
— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) November 2, 2017
The Phenomenal One has made it clear for several weeks that Mahal and the WWE Title are in his sights, but The Modern Day Maharaja retaliated by saying that there is no worthy competition on SmackDown LIVE.
Mahal has instead been laser-focused on his upcoming Champion vs. Champion bout with Raw’s Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar. That slight has not sat well with Styles, who has physically gone after the WWE Champion on several occasions.
Instead of stepping into the ring with The Phenomenal One, Mahal sent his charges, The Singh Brothers, into battle with Styles to defend his honor. To send a message to The Modern Day Maharaja, Styles dispatched of both Samir and Sunil Singh in quick, brutal fashion.
However, after Styles’ victory over Samir this past Tuesday, Mahal blindsided The Phenomenal One, brutalizing him in a vicious attack at ringside before planting him into the canvas with the devastating Khallas.
Mahal has been set on proving that he is the “beastmaster” and the top champion in all of WWE, but his Survivor Series showdown with The Beast could be in jeopardy if Styles dethrones him.
What will happen in this monumental WWE Championship Match? Tune in to SmackDown LIVE this Tuesday at 8/7 C on USA Network to find out!
Speaking of SmackDown Live, this week’s episode, which featured Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in the main event, drew 2.12 million viewers. Below are the results from the show:
Shane McMahon announced himself as team captain of SmackDown LIVE
Bobby Roode def. Dolph Ziggler in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to qualify for Team SmackDown at Survivor Series
Baron Corbin def. Sin Cara via DQ
AJ Styles def. Samir Singh
Rusev def. Big E
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Kevin Owens to qualify for Team SmackDown at Survivor Series
Below are the top 10 moments from this week’s show: