By David Joseph
AJ Styles beat John Cena clean at SummerSlam. Since he’s beaten John Cena he has been confidently calling himself “the face that runs the place.” Of course that is just AJ being cocky to draw heat, but make no mistake about it: he is officially the face that is running the place. Today he is our new WWE world champion. That is right, the former face of TNA is a made man in WWE and has already locked up a Hall of Fame spot.
Ambrose and AJ Styles left everything inside of the ring. The match was physical, dramatic, and just plain fun to watch. Eventually Styles low blows Ambrose and hits the Styles clash for the victory. This is great for multiple reasons. For one the dirty win will help AJ Styles maintain heat. Fans are smart. They know how good AJ Styles is in the ring. He is pound for pound the best in ring wrestler in the WWE. So by him taking the easy way out it just shows how sinister of a villain he really is. Secondly the ending of the match left the door open for a rematch with Dean Ambrose. I believe the best is yet to come between these two. Lastly fans might moan at the idea but this leaves the door open for AJ Styles to eventually have a title match against John Cena. Their paths will cross again at some point and it’ll have to be for something greater on the line like the WWE title.
Let’s get to other notable things from the special event. Corbin and Apollo Crews maximized their minutes by killing it on the pre-show. It was just the pre-show but the match was really good. The Usos as bad guys is refreshing. They had my vote to carry the SmackDown tag titles but Rhyno and Slater won. I get why WWE gave them the titles. Slater needed some type of payoff and Backlash needed a feel good story. Personally I would have preferred them not in the tournament but I don’t see them holding the titles long anyways.
Becky Lynch was the right choice to be the first SmackDown women’s champion. The title needed instant credibility and she provides that. Naomi and Carmella have future Women’s Champion written all over them.
How about the "A lister” Miz? Miz SHOWED up last night. He was the one who stood out. Dolph was Dolph, we know what we’re going to get from him. However, Miz looked great mocking Daniel Bryan every chance he got during the match. They seem to be emphasizing Miz’s Talking Smack promo and that Bryan can’t compete anymore. This must mean that door might slightly be open for a Daniel Bryan return.
Orton legitimately wasn’t able to compete so we had Kane and Bray Wyatt in a No Holds Barred match. Bray always has above average matches no matter who he is facing which is a good thing. Orton costing him the match tells me that those guys will be tied up with each other for awhile. Ultimately Bray Wyatt needs to go over Orton. Hopefully Kane can move onto Baron Corbin. Side Note: how about Greg Hamilton? He sure was born to do ring announcing. The way he projects his voice makes every Superstar feel like a huge deal.
All in all SmackDown Live is on a good path. Every champion on their roster is over and playing their role to perfection. As Jericho would say, drink it in, man.
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