AJ Styles shocked the world by returning to the mountaintop and becoming WWE Champion for the second time by taking down Jinder Mahal during an edge-of-your-seat title bout in the U.K. several weeks ago on SmackDown LIVE. And Jinder wants his title back.
As The Phenomenal One headed into a Champion vs. Champion clash with Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, Mahal promised to exercise his rematch clause once The Beast was finished with Styles. Lesnar did indeed overcome Styles at WWE's fall classic — though it was a closer fight than Jinder probably expected — and The Modern Day Maharaja was quick to rub it in the champion's face on the first SmackDown LIVE after the dream match went down.
Styles was all for having their title match then and there, but Mahal decided instead to bide his time and wait until WWE Clash of Champions for the championship bout. The WWE Universe might have considered it unwise for Mahal to afford Styles the extra time to rest and prepare, but as everyone knows, The Modern Day Maharaja has upended conventional wisdom before