One person who’s not nuts about the new “Wild Card Rule”? AJ Styles. The Phenomenal One is understandably miffed that -- just as he’s about to put down roots on Raw -- he has to deal with the possibility of Seth Rollins calling in backup in their Universal Title Match, should he so choose. (He went so far as to threaten to bring some “friends” over from Team Blue to watch his back; Mr. McMahon stressed the rule is invitation-only.) Rollins didn’t seem to need much backup against The Phenomenal One, hitting the scene and squaring up to his challenger so ferociously that Mr. McMahon decided to pair them as partners against a team of his choosing.
That didn’t go so well either for the challenger — or the champion, for that matter: Despite some early chemistry against The Chairman’s hand-picked tandem of Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley, the bubbling animosity threatened to bubble over each time there was a lull in the action. Eventually, the two got their act together, but an errant Phenomenal Forearm seemingly intended for Corbin leveled legal man Rollins, and The Phenomenal One bailed on the match without a backward glance rather than make it right. Corbin finished the match out with an End of Days to The Beastslayer, who was understandably furious over the outcome. So, could they coexist? In a word, no. It was a noble experiment by The Chairman, to be sure. But at the end of the day, some people just work better as enemies.