With his longtime friends Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows by his side, WWE Champion AJ Styles reunited with The Club to take on Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev & Aiden English in SmackDown LIVE’s main event. With both preparing to square off in a rematch of their dream battle from WrestleMania at the Greatest Royal Rumble event this Friday, Styles and Nakamura never actually wound up in the ring together during the contest, as The King of Strong Style immediately tagged out at the start of the bout.
The action was still at a premium though, as all six Superstars laid it on the line. As the intensity escalated, WWE’s Artist tagged in unbeknownst to most, and he defeated Gallows by landing a stiff Kinshasa to the back of his head, obtaining the victory for he and the Rusev Day celebrators.
After the contest’s conclusion, a fed-up Styles launched himself at Nakamura and landed several strikes, but The King of Strong Style hit The Phenomenal One with yet another gruesome low blow. WWE’s Rockstar then appeared to be tuning up for a Kinshasa when Anderson stepped in front of it, causing him to take the dreaded move. Nakamura then taunted The Phenomenal One, putting Anderson down with another Kinshasa as he forced the battered WWE Champion to watch.
Does The Artist now have the mental edge over Styles as their WWE Championship Match at The Greatest Royal Rumble event approaches?