Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles
January 31, 2017
American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX
WWE SmackDown Live
This was the main event on the SmackDown following the Royal Rumble, where AJ Styles had just come off the best WWE match in years. He and Kenny Omega were the best workers of 2016, and both are seemingly on a tear to be even better in 2017. Crowd was into this and it was great. My only fear is that AJ will get lost in the shuffle now that WWE is clearly going in a new direction with Jinder Mahal as the champ. I don’t see why AJ had to lose the title so soon, but when you realize Vince McMahon simply doesn’t like “small” guys, it was just a matter of time before AJ’s time was over no matter how many great matches he had.
Match is only available on the WWE Network and Hulu, but here are highlights: