AJ Styles def. Apollo Crews
We are getting closer and closer to confirming that the medical benefits of “beating up” (and beating) John Cena appear to be a wave of euphoria that lasts forever. A shame Gallows and Anderson are now former doctors so we cannot get an official diagnosis.
AJ Styles continued to ride that wave, though, as he made his way to the ring to address the Dallas faithful to continually gloat about defeating Cena at SummerSlam, call himself “the new” Face that Runs the Place and also proactively boast about how he expects to defeat WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose at Backlash.
However, The Phenomenal One’s party was cut short by Apollo Crews, who was none too pleased that Styles had disrespected him backstage a few moments prior. Styles was irritated by Crews’ interruption, but it was the relayed message from Shane McMahon that put him over the edge: Styles would have to stop talking and start fighting – against Crews – right then!
Two of the best athletes on SmackDown Live and in all of WWE went at it with fury, but it ultimately was Styles who continued to ride the wave, finishing Crews off with The Phenomenal Forearm, pushing on strongly toward his WWE World Championship Match at Backlash.