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    Posted: 31/October/2018 at 13:55
Quote WWE Champion AJ Styles comes out to the ring to kick off tonight's show. AJ steps in the ring and gets on the mic, and he immediately calls out his Crown Jewel opponent Daniel Bryan. AJ says he has something to get off his chest, and he wants to say it to AJ's face. Bryan comes out and gets in the ring. AJ says he feels the need to apologize for last week, and Bryan accepts the apology, but he says he doesn't see AJ as a friend anymore. Bryan says all he sees is the WWE Championship, and that Title has a lot of meaning to him. AJ says the reason he's apologizing is because the Pele kick he said was an accident last week, was on purpose. Bryan says he's not shocked. Bryan says he's not liar, and when he says he wants to hit AJ on purpose right now, he's telling the truth. AJ says we don't have to wait until Crown Jewel, because AJ will defend his Title right here and now in the ATL. AJ and Bryan look like they're about to get into it, but then Shane McMahon comes out to interrupt. Shane says usually a match like this wouldn't happen on TV, but since this is SmackDown and Shane's back, he's going to make it happen. Shane says AJ and Bryan's Crown Jewel match for the WWE Title is going to happen right here and now, and that's up next. Shane heads to the back as AJ and Bryan come nose to nose.

- AJ Styles (c) vs. Daniel Bryan: AJ's WWE Title is on the line in this one. The opening bell sounds and AJ and Daniel have some tests of strength early on. They trade slaps to the face, then Bryan backs AJ into the corner. Bryan starts working over AJ's right shoulder. AJ fights back with elbows to the face and chops to the chest. They brawl out to ringside and Bryan starts selling a knee injury on the floor. Back in the ring, Bryan lays in some kicks in the corner and then throws the Champion down to the mat. Bryan throws a kick, but AJ catches it and takes Bryan down to the mat with authority. AJ starts working over Bryan's knee now. AJ connects with some kicks in the corner and Bryan looks to be in trouble. AJ goes for the moonsault into a reverse DDT, but Bryan blocks it and hits some knees to the face. Bryan looks for the running knee to the face, but AJ shuts him down with a dropkick. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Bryan drops AJ on the top rope. Bryan takes AJ up to the very top rope for a back suplex, but AJ reverses it in mid-air and lands on top of Bryan. Bryan comes back and applies the Yes Lock, but AJ reaches the ropes to break it. AJ sends Bryan over the ropes out to ringside, and Bryan is still his knee on the floor. AJ picks up Bryan and slams him knee-first into the announce table. AJ misses a shot and Bryan pushes AJ into the ring steps. Back int he ring, Bryan hits the running knee strike in the corner, but Bryan is moving slow due to the knee injury. Bryan goes up top and looks for a Frankensteiner, but AJ stops him mid-move. It looks like AJ is going to go for the Styles Clash, but Bryan turns it around and hits the Frankensteiner after all. Bryan follows up with kicks until AJ blocks one and hits a dragon screw into the ropes. AJ looks for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Bryan dodges it and hits a version of a Michinoku Driver. Bryan follows up with the Yes Lock and AJ puts up a struggle. AJ picks up Bryan hits a version of the Styles Clash, and then he applies the Calf Crusher on Bryan's bad knee. Bryan taps out and AJ wins.

Winner & still WWE Champion: AJ Styles

Should have already been a thread. Their match on Smackdown has a claim to be named best TV match of the year.
 
It found a great way to write out Bryan for Saudi Arabia, but leaves it open for a rematch between them very soon.
 
Seeing such a popular top tier babyface tapping to another was a shocker.
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How does it leave it open for a rematch very soon? Bryan lost clean. He shouldn't be in the WWE title picture again anytime soon. 

It seems pretty obvious that this average at best match was going to end with Bryan losing for backing out on his obligations. AJ Styles is going to remain WWE Champion for a damned long time more at this point. At least he's a good champion.

This feud should have been more and it should have ended with Bryan as WWE Champion, but Bryan shot himself in the foot. It's nice he has his principals and all, but the rest of the WWE is still going to Saudi Arabia to complete their contractual obligations and Bryan is the only full time star that reneged on his duty. He's lucky he wasn't just swept under the rug.

I expect him to be jobbing soon.


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Few fueds end after one match. Especially over the main title when they haven't met on PPV.

Bryan was never going to win the title. He's got a lighter schedule with his new contract and E will want someone who's at every house show.

Nothing average about that match. It's the best TV match of the year and maybe even best match period including PPVs.

Fast paced, no botches, great length, crowd into it and a clean and clear finish. The live crowd were lucky to be treated to a classic.
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It wasn't even the best match this week. Becky vs Charlotte was way better.

Few feuds end after one match, true, but here we are seeing the continuation of Joe vs Styles, so Bryan was just a blip on the radar, kind of like when you'd see Hulk Hogan or Bret Hart defend their titles on TV against guys like Virgil or the 1,2,3 Kid and then move on to the PPV event where they'd face someone like Randy Savage, or Shawn Michaels. There's Bryan, proving to be a great enhancement talent for AJ Styles, the champion and putting him over strong. He COULD have been WWE Champion, as he is every bit as popular if not even moreso than Styles, but again, he shot himself in the foot.


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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

It wasn't even the best match this week. Becky vs Charlotte was way better.

Few feuds end after one match, true, but here we are seeing the continuation of Joe vs Styles, so Bryan was just a blip on the radar, kind of like when you'd see Hulk Hogan or Bret Hart defend their titles on TV against guys like Virgil or the 1,2,3 Kid and then move on to the PPV event where they'd face someone like Randy Savage, or Shawn Michaels. There's Bryan, proving to be a great enhancement talent for AJ Styles, the champion and putting him over strong. He COULD have been WWE Champion, as he is every bit as popular if not even moreso than Styles, but again, he shot himself in the foot.



Becky and Charlotte had botches, the benefit of weapons and still wasn't as good as this. Too slow paced too.

It's nothing like what you described. It would be like AJ Styles fueding with someone like Tye Dillinger.

If Bryan had gone to Saudi Arabia he would have still lost. Styles has a much tougher house show schedule so can defend the title more.
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You can nitpick all you want but Becky & Charlotte had better spots, better pacing, told a better story, and had a better finish than AJ vs Bryan. I've seen that same match from those two a million times, and it wasn't the best from either of them, plus it was interrupted by commercials, which ruins immersion and takes you out of it.

You don't know that Bryan would have lost. Do you honestly think Vince was happy to oblige Bryan saying he wasn't going to show up to an event? Look what he did to Ricky Steamboat just for wanting time off to be with his newborn child after WM3. WWE is facing terrible press and plummeting stock prices for this show, and now 2 of their biggest names say they won't even work the event?

Vince has been far pettier than this.
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Quick thing; this was never planned as a feud. It was always a one time big draw match that Daniel Bryan was going to lose clean.

A lot of people are going to read what happens next as Bryan being de-pushed. In reality, he was never really pushed at all. WWE don't trust Daniel Bryan to stay clear of injury and as such they are unwilling to put the top title on him at this time. That may change (a year of full time work is a long time) but for now, Bryan's role is not that of WWE title contender. Whether long term this choice affects his booking remains to be seen but given that Bryan isn't considered that big a deal by WWE management I doubt it will deviate his course whatsoever.
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I’m with Rico on this, John Cena has the luxury of being a special attraction in WWE now, he can more or less do what he wants without consequence and besides his lack of presence didn’t hurt the card much while Bryan on the other hand was in one of the top billed matches.

Anyone in WWE is entitled to have principles and a opinion but they are also paid very well to do a job, I would say that Bryan could have made his feelings known but refusing to work the show is taking it a step too far and I wouldn’t blame WWE if there was some blowback from this, after all a performer lower down the card would possibly have been fired for such a move.

I can believe that WWE are reluctant to put Bryan into a prominent position as there is a question mark over his ability to remain healthy, but he is pretty much full time as far as tv is concerned at least, even if this was a one off match it was considered a dream match by many and as such Bryan has hurt the event by refusing to participate.



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Oh, also, Styles vs Joe was supposed to be finished by now. The only reason Styles vs Joe is continuing is because Bryan backed out. Joe is supposed to be taking time out to recover from injury but they needed somebody for Styles to face.
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Hopefully filling in for this match will help counteract the loss in 'reliability' in the eyes of Vince et all from his latest injury. Joe deserves to be in the main event, if only for his injuries I think he likely would have held the title by now.
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