Before this mega-rematch between WWE World Champion AJ Styles and the man that had defeated him (albeit controversially) last week, James Ellsworth, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan made it clear that Dean Ambrose, who officiated the contest last week, could not referee this go round, but would be slotted in as … literally everything but guest referee.
After Ambrose’s rather biased intros as guest ring announcer, Styles and Ellsworth began their championship match … but then Ambrose just would not stop interrupting. Nor the match or either Superstar could not get into any type of rhythm without The Lunatic Fringe piping in on the microphone from ringside, at one point prompting a commercial break while Styles was firmly in control.
All of Ambrose’s barbs from the outside ultimately led to a close call of Ellsworth hitting Styles with a Superkick (No Chin Music, anyone?) for an extremely close call. However, Ellsworth’s heart and Ambrose’s digs ultimately drove Styles mad, leading to The Phenomenal One exploding on Ellsworth, beating on the underdog mercilessly until the referee called for him to be disqualified.
Albeit a result of his own actions, the result of the contest caused Styles to go ballistic, leading him to charge at Ambrose, which was swiftly met with Dirty Deeds. Ambrose then proceeded to pick up Ellsworth (who was now officially 2-0 against Styles) and celebrate with him..
A win, and chin, for the ages.