AJ Styles def. Chad Gable to gain entry into the Independence Day Battle Royal
After United States Champion Kevin Owens reminded SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan that he had defeated both AJ Styles and Chad Gable to retain his title in recent weeks, The “Yes!” Man set up a match between the two Superstars for tonight. Per Bryan, the winner would earn a spot in tonight’s Independence Day Battle Royal to determine the No. 1 contender to Owens’ title, and the loser would be left out completely. Basically, “win and you’re in.”
With so much at stake, Gable and The Phenomenal One left it all in the ring in a breathtaking bout. Much like he did against KO several weeks ago, the American Alpha member proved to be every ounce of ready and willing as his slogan suggests, but Styles gutted it out and connected with a head-ringing Phenomenal Forearm to claim the hard-fought victory, first giving Gable a nod of respect before making his exit.