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AJ Styles made a bigger impact upon coming to the SmackDown roster, last month. He was traded from Raw, suddenly in return for a future switch on behalf of Raw that is perhaps recently done. (Mustafa Ali was shifted to Monday Night Raw roster, quietly)
Meanwhile, AJ went on to defeat Daniel Bryan in the final match of the Intercontinental Championship tournament to hold the prestigious title for the very first time.
This happened in the main event of last week taking AJ Styles to the top level of the SmackDown food chain. Although he didn’t compete at WWE Backlash pay-per-view, he walked into the show with that usual heel arrogance to invite the entire SmackDown roster to witness his championship coronation, including the one he defeated for the title, Daniel Bryan. WWE.com has hyped the segment,
“It didn’t take long for AJ Styles to make a major impact on the blue brand, as he outlasted a loaded field to win the Intercontinental Championship Tournament. The Superstar is set for a championship presentation fit for a Phenomenal champion.
Will Styles force the SmackDown Superstars to bend the knee to their new champion? Or will his arrogance lead to an uprising among the ranks?”
A spoiler has been received on SmackDown which suggests that a debuting superstar will make an impact during AJ Styles’ championship celebration. Former NXT Tag Team Champion Matt Riddle will finally be appearing on the main roster debut on this week’s SmackDown. It seems like WWE has big plans for him, and he’s going to get a major introduction on SmackDown during this segment.
Fightful.com reported that Riddle’s intro will involve Intercontinental Champion AJ Styles in ‘some capacity.’ This may be done to plant seeds for a future program between them. He’ll then move into a feud with King Corbin.
“Matt Riddle is scheduled for a big intro to the SmackDown brand on this week’s show. This intro will somehow involve AJ Styles.
After that, Riddle is scheduled for a program with King Corbin. WWE has high hopes for Riddle, based on how his first day with the brand went,” said the source.
Riddle is unlikely to be the first opponent for AJ Styles, though for the Intercontinental Championship. It is rumored that the former IC Champion Sami Zayn is returning to the scene who is likely to reclaim his belt and challenge The Phenomenal One.