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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dukezilla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17/March/2018 at 00:23
Some bad news coming in, with AJ Styles potentially being injured. It definitely is something that could leave this match in jeopardy, but it all depends on how bad this injury turns out to be. The word from MSG is the refs threw up the X and he was limping while helped to the back.

https://twitter.com/kimberlasskick/status/974793755072106497/photo/1

I personally hope it's nothing serious.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17/March/2018 at 03:22
Shiiiiit. That's not cool. Yah I hope things turn out ok.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Fletch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17/March/2018 at 10:41
Hopefully just a minor injury.

Me and HH are on the same page here, I’ve never been impressed with Nakamura, even in NXT sure he had some good matches but I preferred watching guys like Owens and Neville, as Heel said Owens vs Zayn in NXT was far better than Zayn vs Nakamura.

On the main roster Nakamura has been extremely disappointing, his match with Rusev at Fastlane was probably the first time since his match with Cena that I’ve enjoyed a Nakamura match, perhaps his big push at present has injected some life into him, something needs to.

His flashy entrance is fairly cool I guess but his weird dance moves and facial expressions all look a bit retarded in honesty. His promos are just horrible largely due to his lack of English.

AJ and Nakamura have to deliver a classic match at Wrestlemania, anything less will be deemed a failure and will just do further damage to Nakamura’s reputation. If he cannot produce a great match with someone of AJ’s calibre then as far as I’m concerned it will prove he cannot work the WWE style successfully.

Also as #Heel said whatever Nakamura has achieved in Japan means nothing to me as I’m a WWE fan, he may have produced five star classics in Japan but I’ve never seen them or likely to watch them so I’m only interested in what he can do under the WWE banner.
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Quote  An ongoing injury issue limited AJ Styles to a fleeting role in WWE's Madison Square Garden show this weekend.

According to PWInsider, the reigning WWE Champion was originally scheduled to compete in tag team action. Instead, he appeared in a non-wrestling capacity, saving Shinsuke Nakamura from a beat-down by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, who had kayfabe "injured" AJ before the opening bell.

The website is reporting that company doctors will examine him backstage at tonight's episode of Raw. The nature of the issue has not yet been disclosed, although KO and Zayn were said to have targeted his knee during their ambush.

With less than three weeks go until WrestleMania, any issue that requires a lengthy recovery period would obviously throw a huge spanner in WWE plans. The Phenomenal One is set to compete against the aforementioned Shinsuke Nakamura in one of the event's marquee matches, a meeting fans have been clamouring to see for years.

Even if he does get the all-clear, there will of course be concerns that his getting hurt so close to the show could see him take to the ring at less than 100%. As we saw last year with Seth Rollins, this may keep him from reaching the standards of which he is typically expected.

This really would be a huge spanner in the works if AJ is either unable to compete or has to perform when he is not 100%. He is the one person that makes this match watchable to me and to many others this is a dream match that could potentially be ruined.

If he was to be injured, i wonder how they would approach it - i wonder if they would have him drop the title in the build up to mania or if they will have a really short match (not quite the Kane v Chavo 11 second epic or the Sheamus Bryan 18 second marathon but something close to a few minutes with Nakamura getting either a squash or help from KO and Zayn) 


Edit: By the way i've just watched the video of Sheamus v Bryan at WrestleMania 28 and i think that Aj Lee was at her hottest at this point - wow



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It's AJ Styles; he won't miss Wrestlemania. Even if his leg was hanging off Psycho Sid style he's still going for that springboard 450. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote #Heel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21/March/2018 at 18:46
The more i see of this and the way AJ spoke to Nakamura backstage, part of me is thinking that at Mania Styles will retain and then Asuka will beat Charlotte.

However, knowing WWE logic, Charlotte will beat Asuka because shes losing to Natalya etc on TV weeks before the big event (plus the Flair name probably comes with demands to end her streak)

Nakamura is being booked super strong going in to Mania and Charlotte being booked not so strong so its making me wonder if we will infact see both SD titles change hands.

On the leaked image i posted a while back they were confident that AJ was going to Raw and Charlotte was staying put so who knows
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote canadianglen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21/March/2018 at 19:34
Agree AJ will go under any circumstance except company physically keeping him out of the ring. Previous main event between them, WK 10, gives solid indication they can sell. Match choreography may be altered, but that's all I see, result (whatever it is) will not change.
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Quote WWE champion AJ Styles, who is battling an unspecified injury and has missed several house shows the last two weeks, was back in action last night in Trenton, NJ. Competing in a multi-person match, Styles won the match but reportedly only worked the last two or three minutes.
 
Not a lot of minutes, but a very positive sign that he will be alright for Wrestlemania.
 
They wouldn't risk him at a house show if they had any doubt to think it would ruin their Smackdown main event.
 
I wouldn't have him wrestle on TV until Wrestlemania to build anticipation and to rest his injury. I would do the same with Nakamura too.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28/March/2018 at 18:47
I gotta say I liked how this storyline ended this week on Smackdown. Having Nakamura go so far as to deliver the knee to AJ Styles and then pull up short just to show Styles that he could have hit him if he had wanted to was good storytelling IMO. Better than actually hitting him with it. 

I know this feud has it's detractors, but I for one am very much looking forward to this match, and IMO is the legit main event of the show, and it'll be just about the first time since, perhaps Hitman vs HBK in an iron man match that WrestleMania's WWE championship match is also the best looking WRESTLING match on the card.

If you were to remove The Miz from Balor vs Rollins, and Balor vs Rollins is a legit contender for the best looking wrestling match on the card. Likewise if you remove Kevin Owens & Shane McMahon from their respective match, then Sami Zayn vs Daniel Bryan is an even better looking wrestling match than Nakamura vs AJ Styles. But as it is, there isn't a single match on the card that is likely to give us a better clinic of what technical wrestling is supposed to be than the WWE Championship match, and I give high marks to WWE for sticking to that.

That said, Asuka vs Charlotte may still steal the show as best pure wrestling match of the night.

As far as the spectacle and most talked about match of the night is concerned, I'm going with either Rousey & Angle vs the Authority, or Reigns vs Lesnar, or even Cena Taker. 
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I think all of the matches on the card are looking good in some capacity.

Asuka v Charlotte could be something epic but im also looking forward to the IC title match and also the Tag Team match ... not to mention Brock v Reigns simply based on the storyline.

Nakamura v Styles could be fantastic but its just something that im not that interested in seeing - im still nowhere near sold on Nakamura - i think he's bland, repetetive and hes not even that good in the ring.

I can't see it but i really hope Styles retains and Nakamura goes back to Japan.

Maybe a heel turn could work for Nakamura, i dont know but hes one the least interesting on the current SD roster
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