Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles were scheduled to go head to head this Sunday at Survivor Series for the second time in a row in the classic Champion vs. Champion match. However, on the go-home edition of SmackDown Live, a heel Daniel Bryan captured the WWE Championship from Styles and is now set to face the 2-time Universal Champion.
The WWE Universe was sold on Lesnar vs. Styles, this time The Phenomenal One being reportedly the favorite to slay The Beast.
WWE generally does 50/50 booking so that nobody gets over in the long run and it was AJ to stand tall this year at Survivor Series. However, a sudden change of plans on part of Vince McMahon has now caused the match to be moved to a future date.
Dave Meltzer noted on the Wrestling Observer Radio: “There’s nobody to bring back from the past so if you’re going to put anyone with Lesnar I mean there’s not a lot of options really when you think about it. There’s Strowman but I was told it wasn’t going to be Strowman. There’s McIntyre, there’s AJ, Bryan — probably not again unless Bryan beats him and then they can do Bryan again.”
“They can always take somebody out of nowhere but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of options for that spot so AJ does seem pretty viable for it.”
As per social media speculations, Styles could win the Royal Rumble and challenge Brock for the Universal Championship, thus switching brands. Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock currently seems to be the new favorite to headline WrestleMania 35, but that’s a long way to go.
Lesnar is also reported to work more dates post-April 7, 2019, so his pending match against Styles could also take place next year after WrestleMania.