When you’re Brock Lesnar, if you want the World Title changed so that you can wrestle your preferred opponent, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
For decades across pretty much every wrestling company that has ever existed the bigger the star the more say they have backstage. Not only that, for better or for worse, the promotor will do whatever they can to make sure their biggest money maker is happy.
At WWE Backlash in 2017 Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton to win the WWE Championship. The shock win paved the way for one of the more unlikely World Title reigns in WWE history. Mahal held the gold all of the way until November where he was pinned by AJ Styles on a special edition of SmackDown in Manchester, England. The switch came shortly before the WWE Champion was meant to square off against Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series.
Brock Lesnar Pushed WWE Into World Title Switch
At the time it was reported that Lesnar had played a part in the title switch as he wanted to face AJ Styles at Survivor Series. Speaking on his podcast, Oh You Didn’t Know, Road Dogg revealed that Lesnar thought he could have a better match with Styles, so the change was made.
“So, you know, there was a lot of talk then about Brock not wanting to work with Jinder. And I would argue, and I would argue this honestly, this isn’t me making it up, that Brock more wanted to work with AJ, than he didn’t want to work with Jinder. And I just thought Brock saw something in AJ that he could have a really good match with and he didn’t know if he could have that kind of match that quality of match with Jinder.
I don’t think anybody in the sound of my voice can argue with that. And I think if you go back and watch that match between AJ and and and Brock, I think the right decision was made, like I don’t know how great a match Brock and Jinder would have had. I know it would have been good. Like Brock doesn’t have a bad one. You know what I mean? It may be quick, but he also works great against a smaller opponent, like an underdog that can fight from underneath.
I’ll never forget the match with him and Daniel Bryan and me being legitimately concerned, same with AJ, for their health in this match. You know what I mean? Like watching the match, as a writer of the show who wrote this into the show, I’m still watching with bated breath because they’re great at what they do, and Brock looks like he’s killing these guys.
You know what I mean? And they turn it into a match, a competitive match. And look, I think, again, looking back, they say hindsight is 2020, I think the right decision was made.”
Brock Lesnar was most recently in action at WWE Crown Jewel where he was defeated by Bobby Lashley. At time of writing it is unclear when and where The Beast will return.
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