Welcome to Backlash! Renee Young kicks off the kickoff show by welcoming us to the first SmackDown Live brand exclusive pay-per-view, and then we’re all ready to meet our panel of experts. Renee is looking cute, and Jerry Lawler’s shirt is stabbing me in the eyes.
Tom Phillips in the social media lounge telling us that he’s going to be interviewing Heath Slater and Rhyno a little later on.
We segue, not particularly neatly, from this discussion about the tag team championships to discussing the Intercontinental Championship. We start by flashing back to The Miz’s excellent mic work on Talking Smack where he yelled at Daniel Bryan, then forward onto his SmackDown Live promo where Dolph Ziggler interrupted to fight The Miz in street clothes for some reason. This led into Dolph getting a title shot, because Daniel Bryan is impressed by someone who wants to scrap in jeggings, I guess.
On the expert panel, Renee asks if this is really and truly Dolph Ziggler’s last chance at greatness. Booker T thinks it is, but that doesn’t mean that Ziggler is going to be able to capitalize. Jerry Lawler says some words that essentially amount to Dolph Ziggler sucks, and Lita thinks that Dolph is too deep into his own head to make this chance work for him. It’s unanimous: the panel thinks Miz is retaining.
Somewhere backstage, Daniel Bryan is talking to Apollo Crews, who I did not expect to see on this pay-per-view. Daniel encourages him to loosen up, and it’s a lovely moment, until Baron Corbin walks in to complain about having been left off the first SmackDown pay-per-view given that he got an official victory over Dean Ambrose a couple weeks ago on SmackDown. Daniel makes a match between them for later on the kickoff show.
We move from this into promos for Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt, which confuses me because I saw earlier today that Randy failed the ImPACT concussion test, and isn’t cleared to return to in-ring work since his beating from Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. That being said, I’ll happily watch recaps of Bray Wyatt’s promo work all day. Renee asks how anyone is supposed to beat Bray Wyatt – Lita feels that no one can get into Randy Orton’s head, while Lawler thinks that buzzards eat snakes or something like that. Booker pitches the RKO outta nowhere, so we’re split on who the expert panel thinks is going to take this one.
When we’re back from commercial, we talk about the Usos heel turn costing American Alpha their title shot due to Chad Gable’s kayfabe injury, giving the Usos and the Hype Bros a second chance. Lita thinks it’s a bit sad if either team becomes inaugural champs off a second chance, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
Slater and Rhyno in the social media lounge with Tom Phillips! The first question is simple and straightforward, what if they lose? But Slater doesn’t think that’s a real option because there’s so many things he’ll be missing out on if he loses – a SmackDown contract, an above ground pool, all those things he wanted. Second question, Slater assures us that his children have not helped him prepare because if you wrestle your children that is child abuse, and if they beat you, it is embarrassing. There’s a very awkward moment where they argue about the title “Beauty and the Man-Beast” and which one of them is the beauty, before we’re back to the preshow panel.
So what about the women’s division? Well, there’s six women signed to SmackDown, so we’re going to throw all of them in the ring together and make them fight until only one is left. Alexa Bliss is joining us on the panel, looking a little like a pastel coloured Harley Quinn. Jerry Lawler says that she’s amazing, and Lita cuts him off to tell Bliss that he just compliments all the women, and to ask Bliss if she actually has a strategy given that she’s walking in with the least in-ring experience of the division. Bliss is offended by the notion that she doesn’t have a plan, though she isn’t going to explain it on live TV.
Booker T predicts Nikki Bella, while Lawler is backing Bliss and Lita wants it to be Becky Lynch’s night. She doesn’t sound the most confident that it will be, but I understand that hope.
MATCH: Apollo Crews vs. Baron Corbin
I don’t think very much of either of these men if I’m honest, so I suppose it’s a good thing that they didn’t tell us this match was happening until tonight so I didn’t have time to think about how much I may not enjoy it.
- Collar and elbow tie-up to start us off, with Corbin pushing Crews back into the turnbuckle before they lock up a second time. Corbin throws him away again.
- Corbin looking like he’s got the upper hand, but Crews kips up while Corbin is facing the other way and knocks him down with a dropkick.
- Crews goes for a springboard offense, and Corbin knocks him out of the ring from midair with a strike.
- When we’re back from commercial, Crews is back in the ring but Corbin takes him down with a shoulder block. A roundhouse kick and a superkick in succession knock Corbin off-balance, and a leaping lariat gets Crews the upper hand.
- Stinger splash from Crews, but Corbin unleashing a series of strikes as he takes Crews to the mat. Crowd chanting “let’s go Crews!”.
- A nearfall following a lariat from Corbin, but once both men are back on their feet, Crews takes Corbin down with a dropkick and it takes to a count of 6 for them to both get to their feet.
- Corbin kicks out of the standing moonsault, then hits a modified STO on Crews, who still manages to kick out but looks in bad shape.
- Olympic slam from Crews for a two-count, then a spinout powerbomb from Corbin for another nearfall.
- Crews out of the ring, and Corbin tries to go after him, but ends up going shoulder first into the steel steps. Crews capitalizes with a Samoan drop, then throws Corbin back into the ring and up on the turnbuckle.
- Corbin manages to hit End of Days, for a successful pinfall.
Baron Corbin celebrates in the ring, but doesn’t get a whole lot of screen time as we almost immediately cut back to the preshow panel.
For some reason, earlier today Renee Young interviewed Jagger Eaton of Jagger Eaton’s Mega Life and apparently I’m a real adult now because I have no idea what’s happening or why I am supposed to know who this person is.
But with only a few minutes left of the preshow, we need to talk about the WWE World Championship. Has the win over John Cena gone to AJ’s head? Booker doesn’t think so, as it’s apparent that AJ had a plan. Meanwhile, Lawler tells us that Dean is responsible for bringing the championship to SmackDown after beating RAW’s Seth Rollins at Battleground. Now, I’m a little confused, because I have some faint memory of that being a triple threat? But I must be imagining it.
We end the kickoff show with a video package of the two competitors for the championship – Dean who has been cockily holding his title and joking around, and AJ who went from beating John Cena to telling everyone about how he beat up John Cena. Remember, AJ stood tall in the ring over Dean Ambrose in their last face-off, so that’s the moment we end our video package on.
The pay-per-view starts on a video that is basically a close-up of every booked Superstar’s face, except photoshopped to have pale blue eyes. I’m talking about this because I don’t know how to express my frustration with the fact that the first SmackDown exclusive pay-per-view starts with a Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan segment. So much for ‘it’s about the wrestlers, not about us’, right?
Shane thanks the WWE universe for supporting SmackDown, for increasing SmackDown’s viewership and for making so many SmackDown-themed hashtags trend. Also, there are a lot of Superstars on SmackDown who would never have gotten opportunities without the brand extension. Wouldn’t it be cool if we saw some of those Superstars on this PPV instead of a lengthy segment with Shane and Daniel? They pat themselves on the back a little bit more about what a great PPV this is going to be, before they introduce the first match.
MATCH: Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Carmella vs. Nikki Bella – Six Pack Elimination SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
Opening and closing the entrances with the two women they expect will get the biggest pop – Nikki and Becky – is a wise move, and I can’t argue with it at all. Naomi’s gear looks amazing, and Nikki bears a faint resemblance to an American flag.
- Natalya appears to have forgotten what kind of match this is as she opens by throwing Nikki over the top rope.
- Various events transpire that leave Becky and Naomi alone in the ring together, and Becky hits a pair of arm drags followed by an attempt at the Dis-Arm-Her, but Naomi fights out and ends up sending Becky out of the ring.
- Carmella and Nikki make their way in and face off, but Natalya and Alexa hit them both from behind, then Natalya drags Carmella out of the ring leaving Alexa to get a near-fall on Nikki.
- Nikki and Alexa brawl, until Natalya interferes again, hitting a basement dropkick on Alexa, then Becky is back in to take on both women, hitting a forearm on Alexa in the corner.
- As Natalya tries to interfere, Naomi comes in with a headscissors takedown into a full nelson bomb on Natalya.
- Alexa and then Carmella try to take Naomi down, and as Carmella showboats, Nikki takes her down for a series of strikes.
- Carmella locks in Code of Silence, but Nikki stands up, lifting Carmella with her and hitting an Alabama Slam.
- Nikki poses Carmella on the turnbuckle, setting up for a superplex, then Natalya slips in to powerbomb both women.
- Alexa and Carmella fighting in the ring, then Alexa throws Carmella out and Becky comes in to attack Alexa.
- Alexa’s assault on Becky comes at the price of one of her pigtails, and then both women are out of the ring. Nikki sets up for a suicide dive, but Carmella jumps in her way to stop her.
- Naomi throws Carmella and Nikki out of the ring, then hits a springboard crossbody landing on most of the women in the match.
- Natalya and Alexa back in the ring and Natalya sets up in powerbomb position when Naomi comes in with a neckbreaker, and eliminates Alexa from the match!
- Headscissors from Naomi to Natalya over the ropes to send her out of the ring, and then Nikki comes in from behind to attempt to eliminate Naomi.
- Natalya locks in the Sharpshooter on Naomi, who taps out almost immediately.
- On the outside, Carmella throws Becky into the steel steps, then makes her way into the ring, and for a moment it looks like she and Natalya are going to team up on Nikki, but Natalya turns on Carmella.
- Nikki hits a backbreaker on Natalya, eliminating her, then Carmella gets a swift rollup on Nikki for a three-count – Nikki kicks out a second too late, and is incensed, slapping Carmella before leaving the ring.
- Becky back in the ring as she and Carmella are the final two, and the crowd chanting “let’s go Becky!” as Carmella screams about the fact that Nikki hit her after being eliminated.
- Becky with a series of suplexes on Carmella, but she rebounds into a kick from Carmella. Carmella looks really confused for a moment as Becky lays on the mat, but as she goes for a cover, Becky transitions into the Dis-Arm-Her, and Carmella taps!
Becky Lynch is the first SmackDown Women’s Champion! She looks so thrilled as she thanks the WWE Universe for being behind her this whole time, and hoists her title proudly. Fifteen minutes for a 6 person elimination match isn’t exactly thrilling me, but I love that Becky won!
The Miz is backstage, complaining that Jagger Eaton took his dressing room, but Eaton tries to smooth things over by saying that he’d love to have Miz on his show. Well, you know. If they can’t get John Cena. Miz is mortally offended by this, obviously.
Backstage elsewhere, Bray Wyatt is kicking a downed Randy Orton and laughing. A referee comes out to check on Randy, who is clutching his leg and may not be able to compete tonight.
MATCH: The Usos vs. The Hype Bros
The Usos make their way out to the ring, and there’s been a big change! They’re no longer wearing facepaint, or their colourful shirts – it’s black tights and white hoodies tonight. The Hype Bros meet them there, and we get into it.
- Mojo Rawley and Jey Uso start in the ring together, and Mojo starts us off with a back body drop, and Jey rolls out of the ring.
- As he comes back in, both men make the tag, and Ryder and Jimmy face off. Ryder sets up for the Broski Boot, but Jey pulls Jimmy out of the ring.
- Ryder hits a missile dropkick off the apron, then Mojo comes in and takes them both down with a shoulder block.
- Ryder telegraphs a back body drop, but Jimmy scouts it and tags in Jey. Jey and Ryder brawl on the outside, before Jey throws Ryder back into the ring and tags in Jimmy as he hits a pendulum backbreaker.
- Snap suplex from Jimmy to Ryder for a nearfall.
- Jimmy goes for a kick but Ryder catches his foot; Jimmy hits a spinning roundhouse kick then tags in Jey for a running hip attack into the corner on Ryder.
- Jey locking in a rear chin lock on Ryder; Ryder powers to a vertical base and tries to fight out with strikes, and eventually hits a hangman’s neckbreaker.
- Both men down and Jey manages to tag in Jimmy, who flies across the ring and knocks Mojo off the apron before Ryder can make the tag.
- Double-team assault on Ryder behind the ref’s back as he is distracted with Ryder, then Jey tags back in and Ryder manages to knock both Usos out of the ring as he scrambles to tag in Mojo Rawley.
- Stinger splash from Rawley to Jey Uso, and he tags in Ryder to set up for the Hype Ryder, but Jimmy interferes to knock Mojo away.
- Ryder hits a hurricanrana on Jey, then a Broski Boot, but Jey makes a tag to Jimmy who locks in an arm-trap half-Boston, and Ryder taps out.
The Usos celebrate their victory, and we cut away to talk to Slater and Rhyno about how they feel about this. Slater says he’s ridiculously confident, then confides in Rhyno that his stomach is flip-flopping and this means so much to him, before Rhyno gently reminds him that they’re still filming and Slater confidently claims that he just totally swerved them.
MATCH: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz – Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler makes his way out to the ring, but it’s not all smooth. The Miz is backstage with Daniel Bryan, telling him that SmackDown needs an Intercontinental Champion and so he wants to renegotiate his contract. Miz eventually makes his entrance after he hears his music hit, and he tells Daniel that it is time for Daniel to watch Miz do what Daniel can’t anymore.
- Double-leg takedown from Ziggler into several strikes, and Miz rolls out of the ring and looks for a moment like he might just stay there before he climbs back in.
- Dolph bridges into a cover on Miz, then as Miz kicks out, transitions into a cradle, from which Miz also kicks out.
- Miz grabs the ropes as Dolph grabs for him again, and he kicks Dolph as the referee creates separation.
- Dolph ducks a clothesline, then hits a pair of dropkicks and goes for the superkick, but Miz has scouted it and rolls out of the ring.
- Miz catapults Dolph into the bottom rope, then drags him to a kneeling position over the middle rope with his knee on his back. The referee creates separation and Miz goes for an unsuccessful cover.
- Bow and arrow stretch over Miz’s shins, and Dolph is eventually able to fight out and transitions into a cover attempt however Miz kicks out.
- Dolph Ziggler catapulted over the top rope, and takes a wrecking ball dropkick as he tries to climb back into the ring.
- Miz throws Ziggler back into the ring for an attempted cover, then locks in a rear chin lock.
- Ziggler gets to a vertical base and fights out, but as he goes for a splash in the corner, Miz moves out of the way and Ziggler hits the turnbuckle rather messily instead.
- Miz attempts a modified surfboard stretch on Ziggler, but Ziggler is able to fight enough that Miz can’t position him properly.
- A series of corner dropkicks from Miz, and he starts a sarcastic yes chant.
- Miz up on the turnbuckle for a double axe handle on Ziggler, then attempts to go for the Skull-Crushing Finale, but Ziggler fights out and takes Miz down with a dropkick.
- Ziggler off the ropes with a series of clotheslines, then a splash into a swinging neckbreaker, followed by a spinebuster and an elbow drop. Even after all that, however, Miz able to kick out.
- Miz goes after Ziggler in the corner, but goes shoulder-first into the ring post. He still manages to hit Ziggler with a sitout powerbomb, however.
- Ziggler with the Famouser, however Miz kicks out.
- Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag, however Miz blocks it; Ziggler instead locks in a sleeper hold and Miz drops to his knees, however makes a rope break.
- Miz stays by the ropes for a moment talking to his wife, then goes back after Ziggler; Ziggler however hits a DDT on an oncoming Miz, and Miz kicks out at two.
- Ziggler signals for the superkick, however weakly, and Miz blocks it and transitions into the Figure Four leglock.
- Ziggler weakly struggles for a rope break, and eventually gets there, and Miz drags him from the ropes working his knee then hits a running knee. As he goes for the Figure Four, Ziggler kicks him away then gets to his feet and hits a superkick.
- Miz gets his foot on the ropes during the cover, then rolls out of the ring and onto the ramp, but Ziggler drags him back in.
- Maryse sprays something in Ziggler’s eyes, and Miz hits the Skull-Crushing Finale for a successful pinfall.
Miz and Maryse embrace in the ring excitedly, then make their way up the ramp hoisting Miz’s Intercontinental Title. Commentary tries to tell us how Miz had to resort to his wife helping him, but that was an amazing match so I find it hard to begrudge him that.
MATCH: Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
Bray Wyatt makes his way to the ring, and it is announced that Randy Orton cannot compete due to injury, however Bray Wyatt insists upon an official ten count to solidify his victory via forfeit. His music hits again as he poses on the turnbuckle, before the announcer clarifies that Bray will be facing someone in a no holds barred match tonight.
MATCH: Bray Wyatt vs. Kane – No Holds Barred
Kane’s music and pyro hit as Bray climbs back into the ring.
- Kane sends Bray out of the ring, then clotheslines him on the outside, followed by an uppercut before throwing him into the timekeeper’s area and clearing the Spanish announce table.
- Bray has the bell, however, which he strikes Kane with, before he grabs a chair. Kane intercepts with a strike, throwing Bray back into the ring.
- Bray with a big boot to Kane, but as Bray rebounds off the ropes, he meets a big boot coming the other way and rolls out of the ring.
- Bray has the chair again, which he hits Kane with in the knee, before climbing back into the ring for a corner clothesline.
- More brutality with the chair, and he turns to the crowd and screams that he is a god, before he turns back to Kane with the chair some more. Kane kicks out of the cover.
- Bray stomps Kane a few times, but Kane back on his feet with a DDT to Bray onto the steel chair.
- Kane goes for the chokeslam, but Bray fights out, then sends Kane over the top rope. As Bray follows him, Kane sets up for another chokeslam, but Bray gouges at his eyes and clotheslines him.
- Bray starts to clear a second announce table, before he lays Kane on the Spanish announce table, then stands on the announce table and poses like Randy Orton before destroying the table, and Kane, with a running senton.
- Bray throws Kane back into the ring, then sets up for Sister Abigail, but Kane reverses into a chokeslam. Bray kicks out at two.
- Kane sets up the chair for a second chokeslam, but Bray hits an uranagi on Kane onto the chair instead.
- Before anything else can happen, however, Randy Orton slowly makes his way down to the ring, hitting an RKO on Bray as both Kane and Bray get to their feet.
- Kane hits a chokeslam on Bray to round things out, and gets a successful pinfall.
Backstage somewhere, AJ Styles is swaggering about with his John Cena armband, before taking aside a couple of wrestlers for a nice chat. He understands the indie life, how they’re probably living in their car because they can’t afford a hotel room, and they’ll be failures, but at least they get to say that they met AJ Styles on the night he became champion. I don’t know who those guys are, or why they’re hanging around at Backlash, but why the hell not, right?
MATCH: The Usos vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno
The Usos make their way down first, and we are reminded that they’ve changed their image quite substantially, just in case we forgot since their match earlier tonight. Beauty and the Manbeast follow to a huge pop.
- Jimmy and Slater start in the ring together, Slater taking Jimmy down with a clothesline before Jey tags in. Slater grabs a hold of Jey, and drags him to the corner to tag in Rhyno.
- Rhyno with a shoulder block to take Jey down, however he rebounds into an offense from Jey and there is some back and forth before Slater tags back in.
- Jey whips Slater across the ring, where he tries to elbow Jimmy off the apron, however unsuccessfully.
- Slater out of the ring, and Jey and Jimmy suplex Slater into the ring post before Jimmy holds Slater in place for Jey’s superkick.
- Back in the ring, and Jimmy tags in for more assault on Slater, before he tags Jey back in for some tag team offense.
- Jey locks in a rear chinlock on Slater, who powers out and ends up in the corner. Jey tries to come after him, but takes a kick to keep him away.
- Both men scramble to tag in their partners, and Jimmy tags in but Rhyno does not.
- Jimmy whips Slater into the turnbuckle, then tags in Jey.
- Back suplex from Jey, but Slater kicks out.
- Half-nelson chinlock from Jey, and Slater eventually gets to his feet, but is thrown back down by Jey.
- Jey sends Slater into the turnbuckle again before tagging in Jimmy, who tags Jey back in after a little more assault on Slater.
- Both men tag in their partners, and Rhyno knocks Jey off the apron before taking Jimmy down with a crossbody.
- Belly to belly suplex from Rhyno, then goes for Gore, but Jimmy gets out of the way and sends Rhyno into the ringpost instead.
- Slater tags back in and hits a pair of neckbreakers, then an Impact DDT, but Jey pulls him out of the ring before he can get the cover.
- Slater back in the ring, taking a superkick from Jimmy, but Rhyno comes in with Gore behind the ref’s back.
- Slater manages to stumble into a cover, for a three-count!
Beauty and the Manbeast embrace in the ring as they hoist their lovely new titles! As Charly Caruso comes out to interview them, Slater is super pumped up, shrieking and thanking Daniel and Shane for letting him have this opportunity. Hilariously, he also describes this as the happiest moment of his life, besides a couple of his kids being born.
Before we can proceed with the pay-per-view, that ad where our Intercontinental Champion and the Number One Contender for the Intercontinental Championship fight while dressed as a chicken and Colonel Sanders airs again, this time in an abridged version.
MATCH: AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose – WWE World Championship Match
AJ Styles makes his way down to the ring first, sporting John Cena’s armband as a headband again before dropping it on the ground and kicking it out of the ring. Dean makes his way out to the ring, title sitting very nicely on his tiny waist, and I really hope this isn’t the last time I get to comment on that.
- Go behind from Dean, then standing switch by AJ as we start things off, but Dean breaks away and sarcastically claps.
- Jackknife cover from AJ, then small package from Dean, neither for more than a one-count.
- Waistlock takedown from AJ, then as Dean gets to his feet, AJ shoves him back. Dean shoves back harder, taking AJ to the mat.
- Scoop slam from Dean, and AJ rolls out of the ring. Dean poses on the ropes cockily to watch him, before AJ climbs back in and Dean goes for a sunset flip; AJ rolls through.
- AJ with a shoulder into Dean’s midsection, before Dean is fighting back with strikes and a back body drop. Dueling chants of “Let’s go Ambrose!” and “AJ Styles!”
- Neckbreaker by AJ as I am distracted by the fact that JBL and Otunga both still seem to be under the impression that Dean ‘just does stuff’. What respect being shown to our champion.
- Dean clutching at his throat after AJ sends him throat-first into the ropes.
- AJ with a chinlock, but Dean on his feet and fighting out with a headbutt and a kick to the stomach.
- AJ with a dropkick, then sending Dean headfirst into the turnbuckle.
- A pair of knees to Dean’s jaw, and Dean is back in the corner, taking a pair of forearms from AJ to follow.
- Dean reverses their positions and lays in with kicks and stomps, then AJ into the opposite corner and Dean goes shoulder-first into the ringpost when he tries to go after him.
- AJ on the turnbuckle now, and Dean sets up to take him down, and both men go crashing to the mat.
- Dean tries to lock in for Dirty Deeds, but AJ fights out. Dean catches AJ’s attempt at a crossbody, however, and hits a backbreaker.
- AJ rolls out of the ring as Dean goes to the turnbuckle, and Dean hits an elbow drop to the outside instead. Neither man looks very happy after that.
- Dean sets up for the running bulldog and is countered; Dean hits a facebuster on AJ.
- Dean back up on the turnbuckle, but AJ rushes him and Dean jumps over him instead. AJ hits a vertical suplex into the turnbuckle, and Dean looks very unhappy.
- AJ sets up for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Dean dodges, turning to lock in for Dirty Deeds, but AJ blocks.
- The referee stops to ask Dean if he is okay after AJ lands on his calf, but Dean gives the okay. AJ still targeting his left leg, as soon as he gets the clear.
- AJ grabs Dean’s leg, but Dean breaks the hold.
- As Dean gets to his feet, AJ knocks him off his feet and locks in the Calf Crusher. Dean struggles to make the ropes, and just manages to get there.
- As soon as Dean is clear of the ropes, AJ locks it in again, but Dean grabs him by the head and slams his head into the mat to escape.
- Kick from AJ as they both get to their feet, and AJ goes for the Styles Clash but Dean grabs the ropes and kicks AJ away from him.
- AJ looks to be setting up for a Styles Clash on the apron, but Dean blocks – thank God, I did not want to see that – and catapults AJ into the ring post.
- Lariat from Ambrose sends AJ into the barricade, then both men back in the ring.
- Dean with a running bulldog, into a cradle, but AJ kicks out.
- AJ with a clothesline getting Dean off his feet, then a ushigoroshi, but Dean hits a back body drop.
- Dean up in a torture rack, then a spinout powerbomb from AJ, but Dean kicks out.
- Springboard 450 from AJ, but Dean kicks out just in time.
- Series of strikes from Dean, into a wrecking ball dropkick as AJ rolls out of the ring.
- Suicide dive from Dean to follow, and AJ crashed into the announce table.
- Dean throws AJ over a barricade, then breaks the count, before running across the announce tables and jumping after AJ with a double axe handle.
- Crowd is chanting “this is awesome!” and I absolutely cannot argue. Dean and AJ back into the ring; AJ hits the Pele Kick, and Dean comes back with the pendulum lariat.
- Dean goes for the Dirty Deeds again, but AJ fights out and backs him into the referee.
- AJ low-blows Dean while the referee is trying to recover from that mild ref bump, and hits the Styles Clash for a successful pin.
WWE World Champion AJ Styles! He makes his way up the ramp with the title while Dean cradles his junk in the ring, and that’s the moment we end on.
I didn’t expect to enjoy this PPV as much as I did, but wow! We’ll see the fallout from that on Tuesday night SmackDown Live, but before then… we’ll see you Monday night for RAW!