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Before this mega-rematch between WWE World Champion AJ Styles and the man that had defeated him (albeit controversially) last week, James Ellsworth, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan made it clear that Dean Ambrose, who officiated the contest last week, could not referee this go round, but would be slotted in as … literally everything but guest referee.
After Ambrose’s rather biased intros as guest ring announcer, Styles and Ellsworth began their championship match … but then Ambrose just would not stop interrupting. Nor the match or either Superstar could not get into any type of rhythm without The Lunatic Fringe piping in on the microphone from ringside, at one point prompting a commercial break while Styles was firmly in control.
All of Ambrose’s barbs from the outside ultimately led to a close call of Ellsworth hitting Styles with a Superkick (No Chin Music, anyone?) for an extremely close call. However, Ellsworth’s heart and Ambrose’s digs ultimately drove Styles mad, leading to The Phenomenal One exploding on Ellsworth, beating on the underdog mercilessly until the referee called for him to be disqualified.
Albeit a result of his own actions, the result of the contest caused Styles to go ballistic, leading him to charge at Ambrose, which was swiftly met with Dirty Deeds. Ambrose then proceeded to pick up Ellsworth (who was now officially 2-0 against Styles) and celebrate with him..
To the victor goes the spoils … and a match with James Ellsworth?
WWE World Champion AJ Styles came out to focus on his major (albeit controversial) victory at No Mercy on Sunday in the Triple Threat Match against John Cena and Dean Ambrose. In spite of the subsequent arrival of The Lunatic Fringe, “The Champ that Runs the Camp” announced that his next opponent (in a non-title match) would be SmackDown LIVE’s resident underdog, James Ellsworth! A big fan of Ellsworth, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan emerged to approve the matchup, before adding that Ambrose would be the special guest referee and if Styles put his hands on Ambrose, he would be fined or suspended.
Ambrose made Styles’ life a little bit difficult as the match went on, seemingly trying to bait Styles during the contest, including taking phone calls while Styles had Ellsworth tapping to the Calf Crusher and posing for pictures with fans at ringside.
Ambrose then turned it up a notch when he struck Styles with two Dirty Deeds and placed Ellsworth on top of Styles for a fast three-count to secure Ellsworth, quite possibly, the biggest upset in SmackDown LIVE history.
Seems like AJ doesn’t ever want to play fair or win a match without stooping to certain levels. Thats fine, but we think it’s time Dean stopped playing nice in return – A comeback for the Asylum Match maybe? Or Hell in a Cell? Or TLC? It’s time Dean showed AJ Styles just who he’s playing dirty against, we’re not sure he’ll like the outcome! Tonight at No Mercy Dean had the championship within his grasp, as he as well as John Cena made AJ Styles tap. Unfortunately the double submission meant there was no clear winner and the match was continued. Dean then struck Dirty Deeds on John Cena and was again a breath away from regaining the Championship when AJ Styles dragged him out of the ring by his foot a whisper from the 3 count. In the end, AJ struck Cena with a chair and pinned him while Dean recovered from an AA from the top rope – AJ wins again via nefarious (but at least legal this time) means. Like we said, time to show him who he’s messing with. Here’s what WWE.com had to say!
WWE World Champion AJ Styles def. John Cena & Dean Ambrose
AJ Styles tapped out in the Triple Threat Match that opened WWE No Mercy, but he still managed to leave Sacramento with the WWE World Championship, defeating John Cena and Dean Ambrose to retain the title in controversial fashion.
The blockbuster main event, which, for the first time in history, kicked off a WWE Network special event, saw all three competitors approach the ring with supreme determination. Cena was out to tie WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair’s record by claiming a world title for the 16th time. Ambrose was set on regaining the championship taken from him last month. Styles was determined to cement his place as “The Champ that Runs the Camp.”
All three Superstars wasted no time in trying to end the proceedings, going for their finishing maneuvers before taking each other out with clotheslines. Cena showed off his incredible strength, catching a flying Ambrose and driving him into the ring post, then German suplexing both Styles and The Lunatic Fringe simultaneously.
Ambrose and Styles neutralized each other after a hard-hitting exchange, leaving Cena an opening to hit a double Five Knuckle Shuffle. The 15-time world champion followed up with Attitude Adjustments on both Superstars, but could not pin Ambrose. Styles found himself in a rough spot, locked in Cena’s STF and a Calf Crusher from Ambrose at the same time. The champion had no choice but to tap out, but with two submission holds applied simultaneously, the referee could not declare a winner, instead ordering the match to continue.
Now with a second chance, The Phenomenal One put aside his flashy moves and took advantage of the anything-goes rules of a Triple Threat, clobbering Cena with a steel chair to get the three-count and hang on to the WWE World Championship.
Last week on Talking Smack, John Cena got a little too personal when addressing Dean and his career. If you thought Dean was just going to let it slide then you don’t know Dean Ambrose at all. Tonight on Smackdown the three No Mercy opponents get one last chance to confront each other and it’s an opportunity that doesn’t disappoint. Dean first interrupting AJ Styles to remind him he’s cheated in both of his victories against him and while he respects Styles’ achievements out there in the big wide world of wrestling, he doesn’t deserve the title he has now. Just like John Cena doesn’t deserve the title opportunity he has at No Mercy. Cena of course isn’t one to hear his name and ignore the spotlight, he comes out guns blazing but surprisingly, gets stopped in his tracks as AJ Styles tells him to ‘Shut up!’ – Well, never thought we’d be siding with AJ. But it’s time for Cena to hear a few home truths. AJ says Cena doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as an icon like Ric Flair, let alone deserve the chance to match his 16 WWE Championships record. Ouch. Cena goes to fire back but this time Ambrose stops him dead in his tracks, getting in his face with a response to ‘Talking Smack’ last week.
Dean says he already knows what Cena’s gonna say, he’s heard it all before. Cena’s going to play the political game and try and make the guy that got screwed over twice now, look like the bad guy. He says that’s what Cena’s good at, politics, twisting things, in fact it’s the only reason he’s even in this match. John Cena tries to undercut anybody that gets in his way, stab them in the back, he’s been trying to do it to Dean since day one but he can’t. Why? Dean says because Mr Hustle himself can’t out-work him. He thinks he works harder than Dean just because he’s on a private jet to some award show after he wrestles? Dean’s in that ring every single night, blood sweat tears and wars. He tells Cena to check his resume – No days off, no sick days, zero time on the injured list, more matches than anybody this year and last. Dean’s work ethic speaks for itself – but Mr Respect somehow can’t respect Dean Ambrose.
Why? Because Dean wasn’t a guy that came in and kissed Cena’s ass. He never played by his rules, he’s never going to. If being a “fake plastic suckass behind the scenes” is what it takes to be a bona-fide superstar in John Cena’s eyes then he can keep it. Dean’ll be Dean Ambrose, real, authentic. Have fun being the guy that plays John Cena on TV, John.
Ouch. Cena has no response to this, for all of his big talk he decides tonight that talk is cheap and chooses instead to attack. Tackling Dean down to the mat as a brawl breaks out that ends with Cena clearing house of both Dean and AJ. It doesn’t last, AJ Styles retaliating and taking his title, he heads to the ramp only for Dean to jump him and hit him with Dirty Deeds. Dean is the last man left standing on the last Smackdown before No Mercy, holding the WWE Championship above his head. If he has his way, it’ll be his again on Sunday. Here’s what WWE.com had to say!
The three Superstars in the No Mercy Triple Threat main event for the WWE World Championship went face-to-face-to-face just five days before the major Team Blue event. Harsh words and insults were exchanged on all three sides, with each competitor challenging the other’s passion, ability and drive.
All of this led to a tumultuous brawl that, in the end, saw Dean Ambrose stand tall holding the WWE World Championship.
On Sunday there will be No Mercy; on this night there was just no stopping the Lunatic Fringe.
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On tonights Smackdown Live, Dean finally gets his one on one rematch against AJ Styles, but unsurprisingly AJ uses less than ‘fair’ tactics to pick up his win. Taking advantage of distraction by Cena, AJ grabs a handful of Dean’s belt and jeans to keep him down for the 1, 2, 3. Dean’s enraged at the title (and revenge) slipping out of his grasp once again, and he places the blame squarely on John Cena’s shoulders. However after a shoving match and an attempt to Dirty Deeds the 15 time Champion, John Cena turns the tables and delivers an AA to both Dean and AJ Styles. The chessboard is most definitely set for No Mercy.
In an explosive SmackDown LIVE main event, AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose battled it out with John Cena looking on from commentary.
Styles and Ambrose held nothing back in their attempts to obtain the most prestigious prize in all of WWE, bringing their absolute best to the Team Blue battlefield. The two went back and forth with several near falls. But when the action moved outside the ring in what would be the final moments of the match, The Phenomenal One opted to engage Cena, decking him on the outside. But, when the visibly frustrated leader of the Cenation climbed up on the ring apron, the referee became distracted. From there chaos reigned with Styles being able to ultimately seize the moment, grab The Lunatic Fringe’s tights and roll him up to retain the championship.
However, the action was far from over after the match, with Cena laying out both Ambrose and Styles out with Attitude Adjustments, clearly making a statement toward claiming his 16th World Championship at No Mercy.