In Bryan’s first match on SmackDown LIVE in nearly three years, he and Styles had the WWE Universe buzzing before the bell even rang, with a big-fight feel coursing throughout the building. There was no drop-off in excitement once the action got underway, as the two Superstars went full force in this non-title contest. Styles appeared willing to put his newfound beef with Shinsuke Nakamura on the back burner and focus on the task at hand with The “Yes!” Man.
However, just as the classic was beginning to develop and Styles countered Bryan’s top-rope superplex to leave both Superstars down on the canvas, Nakamura entered through the timekeeper’s area and caused a ruckus, prompting a no-contest.
The King of Strong Style laid Bryan out with a Kinshasa to the back of his head, then delivered another savage low blow and merciless Kinshasa to the WWE Champion. And then, yet another low blow. Nakamura left smugly while Styles and Bryan were left down on the mat.