Next Challenger for AJ Styles’ US Title, Sami Zayn Moving to Raw?
There has been a lot of stories lately about a rumored match between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens. WWE has been wanting to do that match for a while now, and the belief is that it will finally be taking place at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, and again at Survivor Series in a traditional elimination match. It was going to be taking place at SummerSlam before the company decided to have Owens face AJ Styles for the United States Championship with McMahon as the special guest referee. Since Styles and Owens have been in a feud for a while now, some have wondered who will be challenging for the US title if Owens moves onto a different feud. We now know the next challenger for the United States Championship.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has revealed that the AJ Styles and Kevin Owens feud is definitely finished. The plan now is to have Baron Corbin challenge for the title instead. Having Corbin as the special guest referee in Styles’ match this past week was the setup to the eventual feud. It is also currently rumored that the feud is expected to carry on throughout the remainder of the year. Baron Corbin has lost his spot in line as a world title contender over numerous reports of backstage heat. Having a feud with Styles could help rebuild the company’s faith in Corbin as a top guy, but we’ll find out later on this year.
The Superstar Shakeup rumors have died down a bit in recent weeks, especially since John Cena, Bobby Roode, and Shelton Benjamin have all shown up on new shows without mention of a Superstar Shakeup. Despite this, a new advertisement on the website for the Staples Center (the site of Raw’s No Mercy pay-per-view) is listing Sami Zayn as a wrestler who will be appearing on the show. Sami Zayn was moved to Smackdown during the previous Superstar Shakeup which took place earlier this year. He has not been involved in very much, making a move to Raw seem like a possibility. No word on if a Superstar Shakeup is still being planned, but Zayn is definitely being advertised for No Mercy.