Jinder Mahal dethroned -- another pleasant surprise or a setup for disappointment?
In a year in which we have seen several dream matches come to us as surprises, here's another one.
Jinder Mahal has been dethroned from the WWE Championship and I am as happy as every other WWE fan. Mahal's reign was nothing short of a shame. Although he successfully defended his championship from some of the most accomplished in-ring performers in the world including Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura, he was booked poorly.
He almost never defended his championship without any outside influence. Again, what do you expect, from the same man who was a jobber against almost everyone in the locker room a few months ago? He only started gaining momentum just before WrestleMania 33 and his unreal physique change. Almost everyone in the pro-wrestling universe had to take some time to even digest that Mahal has indeed defeated Orton to win the championship. This seemed impossible even after involving outside help.
There were people who supported Mahal's crowning as the champion simply because of Orton's stale championship run. However, Mahal was a champion that we never truly accepted.
Speaking of champions not accepted by the WWE Universe, there has been a trend in the WWE, the trend of the wrong guy becoming the champion -- not the second, or the third best, but the wrong guy. It came to a bit of a halt after AJ Styles became the champion of this edition of SmackDown Live but the WWE universe still remains unsure.
Giving the championship to someone who does not deserve will automatically turn the Superstar into a heel. The WWE Champion Jinder Mahal (who thankfully has been dethroned), the cruiserweight champion Enzo Amore prove it. Also, you can look at the United States Champion Baron Corbin who got more than 2/3rd of the WWE Universe against him. It was not because he is the perfect heel, but because he is not the right choice.
How can I even forget Brock Lesnar? Well, he does not get the booed that much because people know how good he is. The only problem the fans have against him is that he is a part-timer and does not defend his championships as often as he should.
Well, never mind, what happened, happened. Let's look at what lies ahead. I hope the main event is a match that people would love to watch. Almost a dream match. This year has seen many of these dream encounters despite some of them not being on pay-per-view, but on a weekly episode of RAW or SmackDown Live! Shinsuke Nakamura vs John Cena, Shinsuke Nakamura vs Randy Orton, Styles vs Orton and of course, Finn Balor v/s AJ Styles.
While on paper this might be a dream match, it might turn out to be an absolute dud. Just like Orton v/s, Lesnar in SummerSlam 2016 was, even when the buildup to the match was exciting and Orton was booked as a force to reckon with. Its all up to the WWE, now that they even have a week to build up the match, and not one, but two episodes as Survivor Series is a brand-neutral pay-per-view.
As of now, what we have is indeed exciting. We have Lesnar vs Styles, champion vs champion. Styles is definitely not the favourite, in fact, the match could even turn out to be a squash, considering the rumours which state that Styles was even given the championship is because the WWE did not want him to look weak before their tour of India.
All we can do is hope, right? Hope that we aren't disappointed again. Let's see what is in store for us as we move ahead.