There is certainly a line between honour and hubris, and WWE Champion AJ Styles is straddling it. After losing non-title singles matches to Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn on the Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 editions of SmackDown LIVE, respectively, thanks in large part due to interference in both bouts, The Phenomenal One took drastic action, and, in a moment of frustration, challenged his foes to a 2-on-1 Handicap Match!
SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan thought it was a brilliant idea, not only making the Handicap Match official, but announcing that the WWE Title Match would happen at Royal Rumble, much to the shock of all parties involved, including SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon.
Will Styles add to his incredible legacy by overcoming such a daunting challenge to retain the WWE Title at Royal Rumble? Or will Owens & Zayn continue to run roughshod over Team Blue by benefitting from their numbers advantage and add the WWE Championship to their arsenal?
Prediction: A.J Styles
I really don’t know what the WWE is trying to pull with Shane and Daniel bring at loggerheads with each other, maybe its leading up to a stipulation match where if their chosen represented superstar loses they have to leave SmackDown Live, I have no idea but it’s annoying that they keep pushing to get one over the other when both are fan favourites.
If rumours be true Styles might be heading into WrestleMania against Cena for the title but that’s only a rumour but for this bout I think A.J Styles will retain