For a few weeks, WWE officials pushed the Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal matchup as the ultimate clash of champions at WWE Survivor Series. Lesnar vs. Mahal was intriguing, but their rivalry lacked something to make the WWE Universe invest in the match. After some time, WWE officials decided it was better for AJ Styles to reclaim the WWE Championship and move on to battle Brock Lesnar at WWE Survivor Series.
There are several reasons why WWE officials made the decision to replace Jinder Mahal with AJ Styles for the match with The Beast Incarnate. It has been rumored that Mahal has been suffering from some nagging injuries, but Jinder himself has refuted those claims. There have been reports that Styles winning the WWE Title back was a direct response to low ratings for SmackDown Live. Over the past few days, several logical reasons have come to light, but someone backstage may have been the one to change WWE officials minds.