Will AJ Styles’ WWE World Championship reign get off to a 'Phenomenal' start?

AJ Styles raises his hands high as the new WWE World Champion: Backlash 2016

The Phenomenal One is SmackDown LIVE's WWE World Champion after a controversial bout against Dean Ambrose.

Following the controversial actions that led to AJ Styles capturing the WWE World Championship at Backlash on Sunday — low-blowing Dean Ambrose while the referee was down and out — The Phenomenal One now officially comes to SmackDown LIVE as “The Face That Runs the Place.” However, there is little doubt that the new titleholder will have more than a few hurdles to hop over now that he boasts the hardware.

Case in point, it can all but guaranteed that The Lunatic Fringe will have retribution on his mind after losing Team Blue’s most prestigious prize in such a contentious manner. Moreover, with SmackDown LIVE on an upswing, it is likely Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan will have something to say about Styles’ decision to go low and the effect that action could have on everything they are trying to build. Find out what happens tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network. 

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