When Did WWE Make The Decision To Make AJ Styles WWE Champion?

The decision to make AJ Styles WWE Champion wasn’t made until the night before Backlash 2016.
The original plan was to have Dean Ambrose retain the title and hold onto it until late 2016, but higher ups decided now was the time to crown Styles champion and keep the momentum flowing after his win over John Cena at the SummerSlam PPV last month.

Styles is expected to defend his championship in a rematch against Ambrose at Smackdown’s next PPV, No Mercy, on October 9th.

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