WWE Smackdown preview: The lineup tonight's show (no match result spoilers)


AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal to capture the WWE Championship at SmackDown LIVE in Manchester, U.K., WWE.com can confirm.

Styles and Mahal have also main evented the SmackDown brand house shows in non-title matches on their European tour up until now, with Styles winning all of those.

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Tonight's show marked the first time ever that the WWE Championship has changed hands outside of North America. Cara was held off Monday's live event in Portugal but as seen in his latest tweet below, he looks like he may be back in action at Wednesday's live event in Leeds. So two title matches are now confirmed for Smackdown next week. This is definitely a better match than Lesnar and Mahal would have been, and fans are bound to be more interested in AJ facing Lesnar.

Jinder Mahal was champion for about six months, or 139 days, defeating Randy Orton at Backlash on May 21st in a surprise.

This comes right as another match has changed for Survivor Series, as The Bar regained the Raw tag team titles yesterday, putting them in the spot against the Usos in a champions vs. champions match.

That would be an unforgettable dream match as Styles is one of wrestling's biggest names and Lesnar is one of the most unsafe fighters in the world. What this does to the Survivor Series plans is unknown at this time.

New champion crowned at SmackDown LIVE in United Kingdom.