CEO of WWE Vince McMahon reportedly did not want to see Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles in the traditional Champion vs. Champion match (Universal Champion vs. SmackDown Live Champion) at this year’s Survivor Series.
Roman Reigns announced his shocking Leukemia diagnosis two weeks ago on Monday Night RAW and relinquished the WWE Universal Championship to go home and fight against the horrific disease.
Prior to Crown Jewel, Reigns was already slated to retain the Universal Championship to embark on his lengthy title reign but plans changed as The Big Dog took a hiatus to focus on his health. However, Vince reportedly did not want to see Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles at this year’s Survivor Series.
According to WrestleVotes, McMahon didn’t want Reigns to clash against Styles at Survivor Series and would thus reject the traditional RAW vs. SmackDown theme for the PPV. Instead, there were other brand-specific plans for the show. It’s still unclear why McMahon felt that way.
Some thoughts / insight as to Survivor Series. Easier to get it all in one tweet, reason for the notepad image. pic.twitter.com/kSanNNQ4v4
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) November 4, 2018
Survivor Series will now witness Universal Champion Brock Lesnar go 1-on-1 with SmackDown Live Champion AJ Styles for the second time in a row. Lesnar won the vacant title against Braun Strowman in a squash match at Crown Jewel.
Lesnar is on his second Universal Championship reign while Styles has held the WWE Champion for over a year.
Last year Styles lost to Lesnar in one of the finest matches that took place at the event. This year fans expect to see Styles win the bout as WWE generally does 50/50 booking so that no Superstar is put over in the long run.
The IWC firmly believes that Reigns vs. Styles would have been an ideal booking but that’s not possible at the moment due to Reigns’ current Leukemia treatment.
Click here to read the potential ending for Lesnar vs. Styles at Survivor Series.