To the victor goes the spoils … and a match with James Ellsworth?
WWE World Champion AJ Styles came out to focus on his major (albeit controversial) victory at No Mercy on Sunday in the Triple Threat Match against John Cena and Dean Ambrose. In spite of the subsequent arrival of The Lunatic Fringe, “The Champ that Runs the Camp” announced that his next opponent (in a non-title match) would be SmackDown LIVE’s resident underdog, James Ellsworth! A big fan of Ellsworth, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan emerged to approve the matchup, before adding that Ambrose would be the special guest referee and if Styles put his hands on Ambrose, he would be fined or suspended.
Ambrose made Styles’ life a little bit difficult as the match went on, seemingly trying to bait Styles during the contest, including taking phone calls while Styles had Ellsworth tapping to the Calf Crusher and posing for pictures with fans at ringside.
Ambrose then turned it up a notch when he struck Styles with two Dirty Deeds and placed Ellsworth on top of Styles for a fast three-count to secure Ellsworth, quite possibly, the biggest upset in SmackDown LIVE history.