I actually do kinda agree with you to an extent. They weren't working towards AJ winning the title overseas at all. You're also 100% right that they just wanted it off Jinder. Yet AJ was still the guy who they turned to when wanting to hit the eject button on their failed experiment.
Right, but if Rollins was on SmackDown and AJ was on Raw, it would've been him. You see what I mean? AJ was the guy they turned to because he was the guy that was there that could pull it off at that moment.
Depending on which versions of events you believe, Lesnar refused to face Jinder, saw no value in it. Was happy to work AJ. Of course it would have been a different match had Lesnar went into it being the only champion, but thats shudda wudda cudda talk. AJ Styles went into that match and was treated as Lesnar almost equal. We were talking about booking, right? AJ Styles dragging a match out of the part timer world champion was how they booked it, right? They BOOKED that match to make them looks like equals, yeah? Brock didn't wanna squash Jinder, but was happy to WRESTLE AJ? Thats booking mate, they booked him as the most credible threat to Lesnar since Goldberg. Say what you want, but thats some strong booking right there.
Actually, the most credible threat to Lesnar is Braun, since literally every time Braun and Brock fight each other, Brock is crushed under something, or Powerslammed through a table, etc. But yes, AJ Styles was booked better than most people against Brock, in fact, I'll say he was booked better against Brock than Seth was, BUT, the circumstances of the matches were so different, because it was heel Seth compared to babyface AJ, so right there, AJ is automatically benefiting from being a babyface, then you have the fact that Brock had to kill Seth because his next match was The Undertaker, and when Brock is facing Undertaker, the prior opponent is going to look bad, and then you have the champion vs champion thing, which yeah, you can make an argument that it doesn't matter if he was the SmackDown champion or not, I really think it does. I really, honestly believe if he were not the champion, that match isn't as competitive as it was. And, to be honest, I didn't think it was THAT competitive, even with the added offense that AJ got from being the champion. The first 5 minutes of the match, AJ didn't get ONE piece of offense, not even a punch. Most of the match was still Brock throwing him around to the best of my recollection, with some good hope spots for AJ peppered in to the throwing around. I'm certainly not misremembering the first part of the match, because it struck me very hard how weak AJ looked in the beginning.
Raw's a different beast you say, you're right. Currently Seth cant challenge for the world title you say, why? Because they ain't booking it that way? Several people being out injured should push him higher up the card shouldn't it? But no it's not the case, as the guys who got injured was first his tag team partner, then his replacement tag team partner. He was booked to have a tag team feud, his partner got injured, he was still booked to have a tag team feud.
Yeah, but the tag team stuff is booked as one of the most important things on the show. The storyline with Jordan and The Bar got a LOT of focus. And considering how he was booked on Monday, it has made him appear higher on the card. After the gauntlet match on Monday, he looked like a world beater.
Aj Styles is in a phenomenally (no pun intended) better position then Seth is right now. I also believe that he will fare a little bit better on Raw then Seth has. Seth will also most likely slot into the top role of SD effortlessly.
I wouldn't say he is. Yeah, he's the champion, but nobody is talking about SmackDown right now. You see the photos taken from SmackDown tapings I assume, they're 80% empty. Obviously once this program with Nakamura kicks off, he should get hotter, but right now, SmackDown is just spinning its wheels waiting to get there.
Whether he fares better than Seth on Raw is all dependent on how the draft shakes out. If Braun stays on Raw, which I'd say the odds are high that he does, then good luck to him, he'll be in the same position Seth is, which is not what you seem to be happy with.
I actually really enjoy the work of both guys tremendously, but in terms of card position and how they've been booked, it's not even close. AJ is miles ahead.
Not really. I'd rather be the #3 guy on Raw than the #1 guy on SmackDown. You're just saying he's booked better because he's the champion. The feuds he's in aren't hot, nobody cares about them even if they care about him. Until he faces Nakamura, he's in a holding pattern.