Everyone was on-board the hype train for AJ Styles vs Brock Lesnar 2 at Survivor Series before Vince McMahon decided to put the WWE Title on Daniel Bryan and send him beast-hunting instead.
McMahon’s decision enraged a lot of confused fans who wanted to see Styles go against Lesnar once again. However, Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE might have a legitimate reason for making this decision.
Meltzer noted that McMahon might have done this to avoid Lesnar going over Styles two years in a row. Bryan’s inclusion could allow Lesnar to go over him easily and it would also imply that he’d have beaten Styles too.
However, he went on to add that even though this is probably what the feeling was backstage but there’s always a chance of Bryan going over in which case this reason wouldn’t be true.