AJ won the Independence Day Battle Royal on Tuesday’s Smackdown Live, and that was supposed to grant AJ a title shot at the Battleground pay-per-view event. It would seem that match will probably still happen, just now it’ll be Kevin Owens’ rematch.
AJ Styles had this to say after winning the championship:
Smith’s Sentiment: I really wish WWE would show some of these events on the Network, be it live or filmed and shown on a delay. Not every house show obviously, but certain ones like MSG cross-brand events or certain over-seas shows could be a cool little extra for the Network. Nothing that would need to be hyped up or built towards, just a house show randomly shown on the Network.
As for the title change, I dig it. It’s always nice to make things a little unpredictable, and making the live events seem like they matter is always a nice touch.