According to reports by Dave Meltzer, the reason that Cedric Alexander was defeated by AJ Styles at Clash of Champions and on RAW, was because Vince McMahon made the call. Alexander suffered two defeats against Styles, and on both occasions he was soundly beaten with Styles proving to be on another level completely.
This is what Dave Meltzer had to say about the matter.
“I was told last night that Vince McMahon wanted to bury him. I don’t know why, why would you want to do that? Maybe they are going to set him up for something else. I don’t know. I don’t see a good sign for him right now.”Dave Meltzer