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Smackdown Ratings Drop Influenced Survivor Series Card Changes

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 11/09/17


A new report says that last week’s Smackdown ratings drop was a factor in the dramatic changes to Survivor Series’ card. PWInsider reports that Vince McMahon decided to shake up the card after Smackdown took a hit in the ratings for the Halloween episode.

Those changes included AJ Styles’ WWE Championship win over Jinder Mahal, which now has Styles facing Brock Lesnar at the PPV, and John Cena being added to Team Smackdown. Cena was originally scheduled to be the special guest referee for Mahal vs. Lesnar. A lukewarm response to the Mahal vs. Lesnar match was also a big factor.

Survivor Series takes place on November 19th in Houston, Texas and airs live on WWE Network.