John Cena vs AJ Styles
January 29, 2017
Alamo Dome in San Antonio, TX
WWE Royal Rumble
WWE World Championship
This was the best match in WWE in several years, even topping their SummerSlam classic. AJ Styles was outstanding as expected, but even John Cena surprised us with some cool reversals and transitions that sent this match over the top. He also sold effectively and his facial expressions really put over AJ with those “Nothing I do seems to beat this guy” looks he kept giving. Tremendous.
Their SummerSlam match had some great near falls, but the problem is they went straight to the near falls almost immediately. In this match, they built it much better before going to the near falls. Also the heat was deafening, as it always is with these two and it makes the match seem even better than it is. They’ve not yet had a bad match, but at the same time, I hope this is the end of the program for them.
Match is only available on the WWE Network, but here are highlights: