The more things change. There are a lot of people involved in the Survivor Series card, with one of the highest number of wrestlers participating in a good many years. That may sound like a good thing but at the same time it can cause some problems with getting everyone onto the show. It isn’t helped when you have NXT invading to make the card even bigger, but that is how this show works. One of the bigger ideas of the show is putting champions together in triple threat matches, but one of them was almost rather different.
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, the previously announced triple threat match between United States Champion AJ Styles, Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong was originally going to be changed. At some point before the match took place at Survivor Series, Daniel Bryan would have defeated Nakamura to become the new champion. Instead, Bryan has been given a shot at Universal Champion Bray Wyatt. There is no word on why the original plans were changed.
What we have is quite good. Check out all three in action:
Opinion: I’m not sure if I would say this is for the better or worse, though having three heels in one match is going to be a little tricky. That could go south in a hurry but WWE has had worse ideas before. Bryan winning the title from Nakamura would have made sense but I can understand why he is being moved up to face Wyatt instead. There isn’t much of a future in Wyatt facing the Miz as was previously rumored so this makes things a little bit better.
How do you see the match going? Should the lineup have been changed? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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