AJ Styles got what he wanted — a big-time match at The Ultimate Thrill Ride, WrestleMania 33. But after resorting to extreme tactics, he may be in for a fight he’s not expecting.
Over the course of a wild week, The Phenomenal One went from having no WrestleMania match, to having no job, to having a WrestleMania match against the man in charge of SmackDown LIVE, Shane McMahon.
Fueled by his belief that management was working against him, Styles ambushed the Commissioner of Team Blue in a parking garage on the March 14 edition of SmackDown LIVE, viciously slamming his head through a car window. SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan fired Styles, but that didn’t deter McMahon from limping his way into the arena to demand a showdown with his assailant.
Whether Styles’ claims of upper management not supporting him are true (for the record, Bryan says McMahon was a consistent advocate of Styles as The Road to WrestleMania was being paved), The Phenomenal One is intent on taking out his anger. To hear the newly reinstated Styles explain it, unleashing a WrestleMania beatdown on the Commissioner is something he is very much looking forward to.
McMahon, however, is not one to be underestimated. Though not an in-ring competitor by trade, Shane-O-Mac is notoriously courageous any time he steps through the ropes. Factor in his now-undisguised contempt for Styles, and The Prodigal Son is ready to go all out at WrestleMania.
Prediction: I am really hope this is not just a squash match to give Styles a push, I will be disappointed if that is the case, I mean Styles has got legitimate reason to lose this bout and if Shane loses just to make A.J look good then it will be a let-down for the show.
So I might be setting myself up for a loss here because I really hope Shane McMahon wins this because he’s my pick.