WWE News: AJ Styles Defended WWE Championship In A Dream Match On Smackdown Live
In a shocking turn of events, we received a dream match on Smackdown Live instead of Crown Jewel. AJ Styles kicked off the show from his hometown to reveal a bitter truth to Daniel Bryan. He clarified that last week he intentionally delivered the Pele Kick on him. This was enough to fire the leader of the YES nation. So they agreed to do the WWE Championship match right there on Smackdown Live.
Both men started the match in a quick note with Daniel Bryan gaining the upper hand. He even connected with some of the YES kicks but AJ Styles countered with a Dragon Screw. This hurt his knee which went worse after he delivered a suicidal dive on the floor. Thereafter, the WWE Champion took control of the match targeting those knees.
AJ Styles even dumped his opponent onto the announce table. But Bryan came back with some more YES kicks. Yet the hurt knee allowed the champ to hit the Phenomenal Forearm before he locked in the Calf Crusher. The bad knee forced the challenger to give up as he tapped out. After the match, Samoa Joe arrived on the scene attacking both the men. As per the confirmation, he will replace Daniel Bryan at the Crown Jewel title match.
The WWE Championship match from Smackdown was set between AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan at Crown Jewel. But the Jamal Khashoggi murder incident put an uncertainty over the entire show. WWE did confirm that the PPV will take place as per the schedule last week. But there were a couple of talents who were not willing to work at Crown Jewel.
We already reported that Daniel Bryan was one of those names. This put the title match at Crown Jewel in serious jeopardy. John Cena was the other name who refused to go to Saudi Arabia. So the creative team replaced him with Bobby Lashley on WWE Raw. We expected the same to happen on Smackdown, too.
WWE let us know that a confrontation was to take place between AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan. But the following comments were fishy on WWE.com,
“The tension between the two Superstars may reach new heights on SmackDown LIVE. Styles will confront his challenger tonight. After Styles and Bryan suffered two straight losses to The Usos after striking one another (seemingly by accident), will the champion and the challenger avoid coming to blows ahead of Friday’s title showdown?”
Even PWInsider.com confirmed the news that Daniel Bryan is not going to Saudi Arabia. So the news already broke out even before Smackdown went on air, last night. Expectations were that something could happen in this segment to cancel the title match at Crown Jewel. The exact same happened on Smackdown during the confrontation as we received an alternate match.
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