DALLAS — Not even the raucous “AJ Styles” chants that Chris Jericho reviles so much could prevent “The Best in the World at What He Does” from stealing a victory from The Phenomenal One at WrestleMania 32, where one of sports-entertainment’s most bitter rivalries reached a boiling point in front of a record-shattering 101,763 WWE Universe members packed inside AT&T Stadium.

Must-see photos of the action | Exclusive: Jericho’s post-match comments

In their fourth one-on-one encounter, both Superstars used their in-depth knowledge of one another’s arsenals to wage what can best be described as the world’s most-watched chess match. After Styles kicked out of the Codebreaker, Jericho somehow escaped the Styles Clash. The bout continued to go back and forth until, unfortunately, it was checkmate for Styles when the wily Jericho used his 12 years of Show of Shows experience to make the WrestleMania newcomer 0-1 on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

What began as friendly competition between Jericho and Styles — who introduced himself to the WWE Universe at large during this year’s Royal Rumble Match — morphed into mutual respect after Styles won two of their three battles, the last of which was waged at WWE Fastlane and ended in a symbolic handshake between the globally renowned competitors.

Styles and Jericho immediately formed an alliance, dubbed Y2AJ, and began their pursuit of the WWE Tag Team Championship. However, after the tandem failed to unseat reigning titleholders The New Day on the March 7 edition of Raw, Jericho snapped and savagely attacked his partner. This cold-blooded act of betrayal was triggered, he claims, by the WWE Universe’s disrespect in chanting his partner’s name and not his own.

After goading the first-ever Undisputed Champion into a fourth clash at WrestleMania, Styles looked to make an indelible impact in his Show of Shows debut, and in many ways, he certainly did, staggering Jericho with furious kicks, stunning evasive maneuvers and a Calf Crusher that’ll have Jericho limping for days. Ultimately, though, Jericho’s experience trumped Styles’ crowd-pleasing offense when the nefarious veteran countered the Phenomenal Forearm with a mid-air Codebreaker that kept Styles down for a three-count.

Despite suffering defeat in his WrestleMania debut, Styles proved to the entire WWE roster — many of whom he has yet to face in the ring — that he can shine, even under WWE’s brightest lights. Champions had best clutch their titles tightly because, to steal a line from The Phenomenal One’s entrance theme, “they don’t want none” of what Styles does next.

DALLAS — Not even the raucous “AJ Styles” chants that Chris Jericho reviles so much could prevent “The Best in the World at What He Does” from stealing a victory from The Phenomenal One at WrestleMania 32, where one of sports-entertainment’s most bitter rivalries reached a boiling point in front of a record-shattering 101,763 WWE Universe members packed inside AT&T Stadium.

Must-see photos of the action | Exclusive: Jericho’s post-match comments

In their fourth one-on-one encounter, both Superstars used their in-depth knowledge of one another’s arsenals to wage what can best be described as the world’s most-watched chess match. After Styles kicked out of the Codebreaker, Jericho somehow escaped the Styles Clash. The bout continued to go back and forth until, unfortunately, it was checkmate for Styles when the wily Jericho used his 12 years of Show of Shows experience to make the WrestleMania newcomer 0-1 on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

What began as friendly competition between Jericho and Styles — who introduced himself to the WWE Universe at large during this year’s Royal Rumble Match — morphed into mutual respect after Styles won two of their three battles, the last of which was waged at WWE Fastlane and ended in a symbolic handshake between the globally renowned competitors.

Styles and Jericho immediately formed an alliance, dubbed Y2AJ, and began their pursuit of the WWE Tag Team Championship. However, after the tandem failed to unseat reigning titleholders The New Day on the March 7 edition of Raw, Jericho snapped and savagely attacked his partner. This cold-blooded act of betrayal was triggered, he claims, by the WWE Universe’s disrespect in chanting his partner’s name and not his own.

After goading the first-ever Undisputed Champion into a fourth clash at WrestleMania, Styles looked to make an indelible impact in his Show of Shows debut, and in many ways, he certainly did, staggering Jericho with furious kicks, stunning evasive maneuvers and a Calf Crusher that’ll have Jericho limping for days. Ultimately, though, Jericho’s experience trumped Styles’ crowd-pleasing offense when the nefarious veteran countered the Phenomenal Forearm with a mid-air Codebreaker that kept Styles down for a three-count.

Despite suffering defeat in his WrestleMania debut, Styles proved to the entire WWE roster — many of whom he has yet to face in the ring — that he can shine, even under WWE’s brightest lights. Champions had best clutch their titles tightly because, to steal a line from The Phenomenal One’s entrance theme, “they don’t want none” of what Styles does next.