We knew that Jinder Mahal was not going to have a classic title match against AJ Styles at Clash of Champions, so we had to modify our hopes: a watchable match where Styles retained the WWE Championship.
Thankfully, that’s exactly what we got. Mahal got his offense in, was saved at one point by the Singh brothers, and hit the Khallas for a very close two count. But he was not to emerge victorious Sunday, with Styles locking in the Calf Crusher for a submission win.
The big “up” here is that this hopefully spells the end for Jinder in the world title scene. While he’s come a long way and would be a perfectly serviceable heel in the midcard, it’s safe to call the experiment with him as champion a flop and move on. AJ has become one of the most reliable wrestlers on the roster, and it would be great if he continues as champ for a while.