United States Champion AJ Styles def. Kevin Owens with Baron Corbin as the special guest referee

United States Champion AJ Styles def. Kevin Owens with Baron Corbin as the special guest referee

After attempting to lock down several options, Kevin Owens finally landed on Baron Corbin as his choice to be the special guest referee for his United States Title Match against AJ Styles. Corbin agreed to the officiating role on the condition that KO gives him an opportunity to challenge him for the United States Title if he wins back the championship, to which Owens agreed. However, after confronting Styles in the backstage area, The Phenomenal One told Corbin to answer the call of his United States Championship Open Challenge after he defends his title.

Corbin remained mostly impartial throughout the high-stakes title bout, but the mood quickly changed when Styles inadvertently bumped into Corbin after Owens shoved him. The Lone Wolf then got in Styles’ face and shoved him back, leading to several near falls on a pair of rollups by KO. Shane McMahon then rushed out to make sure no injustice would be served.

Shane and Corbin began getting into it, allowing Owens to low-blow The Phenomenal One behind Corbin’s back. Owens attempted to capitalize on his rule-breaking ways, but Shane, having seen the low blow, pulled Corbin out of the ring during his count. Enraged over Shane’s actions, The Lone Wolf took off his referee shirt, tossed it at Shane-O-Mac and made his exit. Shane, thinking on his feet, donned the referee shirt as the match continued.

A furious Owens tried to get his head back in the game, but he could not recover from the shock, which allowed Styles to mount some offense and connect with the devastating Phenomenal Forearm for the win. Shane raised Styles’ hand, Corbin was nowhere to be found, and Owens, now with no more opportunities at the United States Title anytime soon, walked off in utter shock.

The New Face of America was now rocking a pretty mean frown. 

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