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Quote AJ Styles comes out to the ring first to kick off the show. AJ gets in the ring as fans chant his name. He says he odds were stacked against him at Fastlane, but he stilled pulled though. AJ says he hasn't forgotten where he came from, and his road to WrestleMania was a tough one. He says his match with Nakamura is a dream match, and then Nakamura comes out to interrupt. Nakamura comes down to the ring and says he respects AJ, but he will knee him in the face and take his WWE Title at WrestleMania. Rusev and Aiden English come out to interrupt next, and we've got a match.

- AJ Styles vs. Rusev: Nakamura and English are both at ringside for this one, which is a non-title match. AJ starts working over Rusev's leg early on. Rusev starts firing up and hits a lariat on AJ. AJ gets up and fires back with a dropkick, then throws Rusev out to the floor and follows up with a suicide dive. Back in the ring, AJ continues the offense until Rusev hits a cheap shot to the eyes. Rusev follows up with a spinebuster for a two count. Rusev hits a backdrop then goes up to the top turnbuckle, but AJ fights away. AJ fires up but Rusev shuts him down with a kick to the head. Rusev goes for another kick, but AJ ducks and hits the Pele kick. AJ hits a backbreaker then looks for a Styles Clash, but can't execute it. Rusev drops AJ and goes for the Accolade, but AJ reverses it into the Calf Crusher. Aiden English hits the ring and attacks AJ for the disqualification.

Winner via DQ: AJ Styles

- After the match, Rusev and Aiden beat down AJ as Nakamura watches from ringside. Nakamura finally gets up and hits the ring. He drops Aiden first, then Rusev. Nakamura leaves as AJ is still recovering.

Styles was way more heelish of the two, and so it will be interesting to see if that continues in the build up.
 
If you want your babyface champion to be cheered, you don't put him in with Rusev, who is a guy who's going to split crowd reaction.
 
Then AJ showed no thanks for being saved from a beatdown.
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I'm confident they'll go in face vs face, as even a heel AJ Styles is actually a face, but they'll just build up the tension considerably in the same way as they did before Wrestlemania 12.
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Heheh WrestleKingdom 12. yah I agree. I don't see as it does anyone any good turning either of them heel. WWE needs to embrace face vs face matches, especially at huge PPV's. They NEED a pure wrestling match where the fans are going ballistic for both competitors and deafening the place with dueling chants.

"AJ Styles!"
"Nakamura!"
"AJ Styles!"
"Nakamura!"
"AJ Styles!"
"Nakamura!"

If this match gets a chant battle like that going, then whatever else happens this match is a success. That should be their goal with this match.

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I really still dont see what alot of others see in Nakamura

I dont think hes that good in the ring, at all - infact he probably wouldnt even be in my top 10 or 15, he cant cut a promo in English that makes any sense, he pulls far too many faces and he hasnt really stood out to me in anyway other than having a good entrance theme.

I'd like to see AJ retain but there are strong rumors that he is off to Raw after mania so can only realy see Nakamura winning the title.
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When you took your hiatus from TUP, we're you watching wrestling at all? I'm just curious, because you were obviously watching NXT a few months ago. But Nakamuras run in NXT was phenomenal. IMO the best run NXT has seen second only to that of Sami Zayn's in the men's division, and fourth behind Bayleys and Asuka's overall. His debut match WrestleMania weekend vs Sami Zayn was IMO the match of the year, and up there shoulder to shoulder with matches like Bret vs Perfect, and Owen vs Bulldog. They were the guys that prompted the chant of "Fight Forever!" because they didn't want the match to end.

The match between Nakamura and AJ Styles at WrestleKingdom is one I have yet to see, but apparently it was every bit as good or better depending on who you ask.

I also very much enjoyed Nakamura vs Balor in NXT. Samoa Joe was his biggest opponent, but honestly he was my least favorite of his opponents. They never really seemed to get the chemistry right.

I think maybe Nakamura might be better suited to be the big guy in the ring and isn't used to being the small one like with guys like Joe, Orton, Cena and others. Even so his match with Lesnar in Japan was pretty sweet, and I would have loved to have seen Nakamura choose Lesnar to face at Mania.

Any way you look at it Nakamura vs Styles is going to be good. Far better than the matches Nakamura has had until now on the main roster.

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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

When you took your hiatus from TUP, we're you watching wrestling at all? I'm just curious, because you were obviously watching NXT a few months ago. But Nakamuras run in NXT was phenomenal. IMO the best run NXT has seen second only to that of Sami Zayn's in the men's division, and fourth behind Bayleys and Asuka's overall.

Yes i watched alot of wrestling and whilst i agree his NXT run was good (nothing of his comes close to the Owens Zayn feud - albeit part of that feud being so good was that Zayn waited so long for the title)- he has done NOTHING and i mean absolutely ZERO since his call up to the main roster to make any non-NXT fan think hes a good wrestler.

The positive reactions he was once getting, which he does not get so much now, were down to his flashy entrance and his role as a babyface.

His run in NXT never gets mentioned now where as the likes of Zayn, Owens and Asukas are still heavily spoken about on normal WWE tv.

Their match outside of WWE may have been incredible and may have been 5 stars plus but that again means absolutely nothing to the traditional WWE fan.

Most WWE fans avoid Jap wrestling because its really not that good.

Yes, he won the Royal Rumble but it was by no means a spectacular performance, infact i think he was barely mentioned until the final 4 segment and still to this day the stand out performer was Finn Balor.

Wrestlers can not rely on what they have done outside of WWE in order to establish themselves as a top star within the company - look at AJ Styles - he was a stand out performer as soon as he entered and has stayed that way.

Even guys like Kenny Omega - who worked with him outside of WWE - are saying his run in WWE has been dreadful, to be honest most articles you read online are all about how disappointing he has been.

Its clear to everyone that given the rise in popularity of NJPW, WWE want to appeal more to that marlet - hence the sudden push of the 2 Japs from NXT - at least Asuka has gone someway to warrant it.
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I would agree to an extent. However my point was not that he was good there so should be loved here but rather that he was well produced elsewhere so there is no excuse for being poorly produced by WWE, who supposedly are so great in that department. Every single time a top star in NXT fails on the main roster it is an indictment of laziness and apathy on the part of the producers making the show.

Keep in mind if AJ Styles goes to Raw then that likely means Nakamura is winning.
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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:



Keep in mind if AJ Styles goes to Raw then that likely means Nakamura is winning.

i know - thats the sad thing - it will be like a Jack Swagger type reign where he was booked all wrong but won the title.

Hopefully if he becomes champ they let him loose in terms of off the reigns a bit like he was before WWE and during his time in NXT

he shouldnt cut any promos at all neither
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If both Asuka & Nakamura are on Smackdown as champions it would be great if both got paired with the same manager who could cut promos on their behalf. Paul Heyman would be great for these guys as it would freshen them both up a lot turning heel, for different reasons.

Also, seriously? We need a new manager that we can suggest be paired with people. What about Bubba Ray? If he's gonna be retired, and not wrestle anymore, why not hire him to be a manager?
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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

If both Asuka & Nakamura are on Smackdown as champions it would be great if both got paired with the same manager who could cut promos on their behalf. Paul Heyman would be great for these guys as it would freshen them both up a lot turning heel, for different reasons.

Also, seriously? We need a new manager that we can suggest be paired with people. What about Bubba Ray? If he's gonna be retired, and not wrestle anymore, why not hire him to be a manager?

Zelina Vega - she is unbelievable in that role 
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