The Fiend became Universal Champion at Crown Jewel at the end of October, and his first feud should have started the night after Bray Wyatt appeared on Miz TV. Sadly, the delay in Saudi Arabia meant that Wyatt couldn't be part of SmackDown so instead, he has now initiated a feud with Daniel Bryan.
According to a report by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, the original plan was for The Miz to face off against The Fiend at Survivor Series, but now the plan has changed and the Universal Championship will be defended against Daniel Bryan instead.
The original plan saw Bryan fighting NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong and United States Champion AJ Styles in a Triple Threat match, since he was supposed to have defeated Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship before next weekend's show. This obviously wasn't the case since Nakamura has already been added to the match.
“Daniel Bryan, I believe was going to be in the match with Roderick Strong and AJ [Styles], which would have been an absolutely incredible three-way. I just know that Nakamura was losing the title to someone. He was being programmed with Bryan. It could have been Ali [that he would have lost the title to]. When Bryan got moved into the Wyatt match, Nakamura is now not losing so that has changed. So they changed that booking. The rest of the card is largely announced," he said via WrestlingNews.
The current plan is for Daniel Bryan to be a guest on Miz TV tomorrow night on SmackDown where the Universal Championship match is likely to be officially announced.
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