Even before the title change happened at the last Friday Night’s MSG Live show, the match between AJ Styles and Kevin Owens was made official for the Battleground PPV. Last week, Styles won a battle royal in order to become the number one contender for the United States Championship. So, it was quite obvious that the title match would go down at the brand-exclusive PPV in the fourth week of July.
However, the scenario got changed drastically after AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens for the championship at the MSG live show to become the new US Champion. With that happening, it was supposed that the match card for Battleground will be updated to a certain extent. It will now become the current champion AJ Styles defending against Kevin Owens on July 23rd.
But, as per the recent reports, the match has been removed from the PPV card. Dave Meltzer from Wrestling Observer Newsletter gave us updates that the scheduled match between these two bitter rivals is no more part of the show, as per the recent advertisements.
So, it will be interesting to see who is going to be Styles’ opponent going into the Battleground PPV. Although this is not an official announcement from WWE, we can definitely rely on the veteran journalist. Further ongoing on this matter will be addressed on the upcoming episode of Smackdown Live, tonight.
Meltzer also noted that Kevin Owens is dealing with some injuries for quite a while and hence might be needed to take some time off. This was the sole reason behind the abrupt title change at the MSG Live show. So, the former “face of America” might not be available for the next PPV in line, as well. The details around Owens taking a hiatus will be addressed on the blue brand, as well.
However, despite all of these reports, Kevin Owens was seen in action on this past Saturday Night’s live event, as well. Styles defended the US title, successfully in a triple threat match for the title against Owens and Baron Corbin. This points out that even if The Prizefighter is injured, his concussions are not major.
Plus, Owens has removed his profile picture and the cover picture from his Twitter account and kept it black, on Twitter. It is an indication that he is not yet out of the storyline. The clear indication around it will only be available when Smackdown goes on air.