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Real Reason Behind AJ Styles Losing The WWE Championship

AJ Styles Survivor Series 2018

• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (November 18, 1991) – WWF Prime Time Wrestling

On this day in 1991, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Prime Time Wrestling’.

It featured pre-taped matches, studio interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Survivor Series 1991’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

– Ted DiBiase/I.R.S. vs. The Bushwhackers

– Virgil vs. Steve Dupree

– WWF Update

– El Matador Tito Santana vs. Hercules

– A Video Of The Repo Man Repossessing A Car At 3 In The Morning

– The Legion Of Doom vs. Barry Horowitz & Ben Jordan

– Survivor Series Report

– Promo By Jack Tunney About Reinstating Randy Savage

– The Rockers vs. The Beverly Brothers

– The Funeral Parlor With Paul Bearer: Hulk Hogan Is His Guest

– Bret Hart vs. Skinner

– Kerry Von Erich vs. Big Bully Busick

– Jake Roberts vs. Eric Freedom

– A Video Promo By Sgt. Slaughter Trying To Get His Country Back

• Real Reason Behind AJ Styles Losing The WWE Championship

As seen on last week’s episode of SmackDown Live, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles lost the WWE Championship in the main event to Daniel Bryan.

According to Dirty Sheets, Bryan defeating Styles to win the WWE Title and then turning heel was the finish that WWE officials had planned for WrestleMania 35.

Yes, Bryan & Styles were set to collide at WrestleMania 35 after picking up big wins over The Miz & Randy Orton (with Styles overcoming Miz and Bryan overcoming Orton).

However, plans began to change when Bryan refused to go to Saudi Arabia for WWE Crown Jewel. WWE officials tried to punish Bryan by taking him out of SmackDown’s WrestleMania 35 main event for the WWE Championship by changing plans from Styles vs. Bryan to Styles vs. Orton for the WWE Championship, with the storyline being Orton has taken out all the top babyfaces on SmackDown (Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, Daniel Bryan), except “The Phenomenal One”.

However, Bryan still ended up winning the WWE Championship last week out of nowhere and the originally planned WrestleMania 35 finish with the heel turn taking place.

Dirty Sheets noted that this decision was made because of Styles’ current situation with WWE.

Styles’ current contract is set to expire on December 31, 2018. WWE & Styles have been negotiating on a new contract for months now, but they still haven’t been able to reach a deal.

Styles is reportedly looking for a 3 year deal with reduced dates, while WWE is offering a 5 year full-time deal.

The negotiations have been going on for so long that WWE officials actually used some of Styles’ reasoning for a reduced schedule in feud with Samoa Joe, where Joe pointed out Styles isn’t at home much for his family (which is one of the main reason why Styles wants reduced dates on his new contract).

With Styles’ contract running out in less than 2 months and no new deal being signed yet, WWE officials decided to pull the trigger and take the WWE Title off Styles, thus leaving him without a match at tonight’s Survivor Series 2018 PPV (where he was scheduled to face Universal Champion Brock Lesnar prior to his loss to Bryan).

It’ll be interesting to see what decision Styles makes in the coming months, as he also has a big money offer from New Japan Pro Wrestling.

        
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