At WWE Battleground, a still-seething Kevin Owens will challenge United States Champion AJ Styles in a rematch for the prestigious star-spangled title.
Up until recently, the WWE Universe was expecting the opposite, as Owens has maintained a firm grip on the illustrious prize. But, in a stunning turn of events, The Phenomenal One dethroned The New Face of America in a championship bout at a Live Event at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Prior to the electric title clash at MSG, Styles was the one chasing after the coveted championship, having to earn No. 1 contender status by winning SmackDown LIVE’s Independence Day Battle Royal. But the noteworthy night at The World’s Most Famous Arena completely shifted the balance of power.
Will Styles’ victory alter the way each Superstar approaches the United States Title showdown at the July 23 pay-per-view?
With each Superstar claiming the blue brand as his show, the conflict between Styles and Owens has become increasingly personal over recent weeks. And now, with Styles taking the United States Title from The Prizefighter in a match that made waves throughout the WWE Universe, tensions are at an all-time high in this red-hot rivalry.
Prediction: A.J Styles to retain